In Taking the Lead by Cecilia Tan, Ricki and her sister, Gwen, have inherited a secret BDSM club run in the basement of her grandfather’s mansion. Gwen embraces the club, while Ricki is content working behind the scenes. She meets rock star Axel through a mutual friend. Axel is a dominate, and he wants to be the one to prove to Ricki that she’s a submissive.
I didn’t care much for Ricki. One minute she decides she likes being submissive, then she decides it’s something she shouldn’t like so she runs away from Axel. She keeps going back to him only to push him away. The back and forth was tiring.
Axel was very patient with Ricki, knowing that she was fighting her desires. My only issue is that he’s touted as being a Dom but he didn’t come across as being one. He ordered her around in the bedroom, yes, but having read other BDSM books, he doesn’t really come across as being a dominate, just bossy.
There are several story lines going on in this book: Ricki and Axel’s romance, the BDSM Club, and Ricki’s job at Blue Star. There was a lot going on, and some of it, mostly her job, could have been left out. The job storyline felt out of place and seemed like it was thrown in there to create even more drama, which wasn’t necessary.
If you enjoy books about BDSM you may enjoy this one, although it was light on the BDSM.
January 26, 2016 | Forever | Secrets of a Rock Star #1
Ricki Hamilton and her sister have just inherited a vast estate in the Hollywood hills. Unfortunately, with that legacy comes the most exclusive club in Hollywood history, a secret BDSM establishment where only the rich and the naughty come to play. Ricki wants nothing to do with this business, and is trying to find ways to get out of having to run it . . . until she meets Axel―a sexy enigmatic rock star who makes her want to submit to needs she didn’t know she had.