Traci Jackson has been a therapist in Corbin’s Bend for several years. She’s helped many residents navigate their own D/s and DD relationships, but she hasn’t found her own HoH. Through her patients, she’s been researching and writing about the dynamics of dominance and submission in relationships for years. She loves her field, but she hates attending professional conventions where she’s treated like her specialty isn’t valid.
Sean Campbell is juggling raising his teenage daughter alone in Chicago while running a large convention hotel. When the annual psychologist convention comes to town, he literally bumps into the most beautiful and intelligent woman he’s met in a long time. He gets the surprise of his life when he finds out her specialty is D/s with an emphasis on corporal punishment.
They may find sparks from the minute they meet, but Traci and Sean have more than just the long distance between Chicago and Corbin’s Bend separating them. Sean has never heard of domestic discipline before. Will Traci pack up and leave Corbin’s Bend to be with the man she’s falling in love with, even if he can never be her true HoH?
This was such a good book. I really enjoyed how Ms. Grant gets into the whys behind D/s and DD relationships in this story. Traci is wonderfully written. She is an easy character to connect with. I loved her confidence in herself as a psychologist and with her research. The journey she and Sean go on is so wonderful. You cheer for them to make it as you go page by page unable to put the book down until you reach the end to see if they find a way to be together.
Sean is so dynamic. He’s got this strong Head of Household inside that he doesn’t even realize is there. Once he finds it though, oh my gosh he is so good at it! His stumbles along the way are interesting since he realizes what he’s done wrong and learns from his mistakes.
I really loved Ashley. She is so level headed and supportive of her dad. She has her teenage angst moments. But for the most part she’s well rounded. I really want to see her get a story. Obviously when she’s older and grown up. But I kind of need that to happen.
My biggest issue was how Sean’s wife was made out to be a bit of a bad guy later in the story. If she had been made out that way from the beginning it would have been fine. But Sean reflected on his marriage as a completely positive thing at first. It wasn’t until he learned about Traci’s research that Sean’s wife became tarnished. It’s fine to have less than pleasant thoughts about your spouse after they’ve passed away. But give that mixed feeling from the start. I don’t want to feel like the ex is this perfect person to live up to only to find out later there was trouble in paradise.
I loved the happy ending. These two are so sweet together and you can definitely tell they’re going to make it as a couple. Of course I want more of these characters even if their story is over.
Molly: What music, if any do you listen to when you write?
Livia: Music is ALWAYS on when I’m writing. For most of my books, I like to create a soundtrack in my iTunes library of about 20 songs that ‘fit’ that book and get me in the mood to write and then I loop those songs over and over. Some of my favorites when writing are Alicia Keys and Adele.
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Livia: I am a part-time writer.
Molly: Do you hope to one day be a full time writer?
Livia: I think most authors dream of writing full-time. I have a great day-job that I do love so I’m not in a hurry to quit, but I would love to transition to full-time writer in the coming years.
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Livia: Because I work full-time, it is hard to get consistent word count in sometimes. I have had periods where I was disciplined and got in 1000 words each weekday evening and then I’d shoot for 7500-10000K on the weekends. I’ve lost some of my mojo the last few months and am working towards getting back into a more solid routine.
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Livia: Usually immediately. I always have a pipeline of stories I either WANT to write or that I’ve committed to have done by a certain date. I did take a couple of weeks off after the last book and I think I needed it because the words are flowing good again.
Livia Grant lives in Chicago with her husband and two sons… one a teenager, the other a furry rescue dog named Max. She is blessed to have traveled extensively and as much as she loves to visit places around the globe, the Midwest and its changing seasons will always be home. Livia started writing when she felt like she finally had the life experience to write a riveting story that she hopes her readers won’t be able to put down. Livia’s fans appreciate her deep character driven plots, often rooted in an ensemble cast where the friendships are as important as the romance… well, almost.