Fabulous! That’s all I can say about True Identity. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. It felt so real, as if I was reading a true story and I was instantly invested in the characters. I felt their conflict, their pain, and their dreams. Munro’s True Identity is a true indulgence for a BDSM reader as her descriptive writing brings the story to life.
Pursuing her Master’s degree in sociology, heroine Jillian Stewart presents herself as a straight-laced graduate student but there’s so much more to this likable character. To increase her chances of getting into a good doctorate program and for personal reasons she’s afraid to talk about, Jill selects a controversial subject for her final project – the BDSM subculture. Questioning her own sexuality after a previous lover destroys her self confidence, Jill is determined to wrap her mind around the complexities of the BDSM world.
Jillian’s professor finds her a guide to the BDSM world, Marine Corps Officer Stephan Sachelles. Steph has always chosen to keep his lifestyle choices to himself, frequenting a club miles from home in an effort to protect his privacy. Steph has been a Master at Steele Image for years. He is known to be fair but firm, kind but somewhat aloof. As he takes Jill on a tour through the club, he sees the heart of a true sub inside Jillian far beneath the over-analysis of everything she encounters. Seeing through her project excuse to the real reasons she may want to learn more about their lifestyle, Steph tells her she has to experience their lifestyle before she’ll truly understand.
Jill’s resistance to let go is driving Steph crazy. He knows something is holding her back and, concerned for her welfare, is determined to uncover the truth and become her true Master. As Steph learns more about Jill and her past demons, he falls deeper and deeper in love with her, and becomes more determined to help her find her true identity.
The chemistry between Steph and Jill is nearly instantaneous. He reads her so well and she craves the safety she feels in his presence. Even though there’s very little sex, there is a lot of teasing and foreplay to heat up the pages. The characters work together through some hurdles that brought tears to my eyes and had me holding my breath at times. True Identity is a perfect story for those who like a little conflict with their romance.
NOTE: True Identity is the second book in the Identity Series. It stands alone and does not require reading book one, Identity Crisis. But I’d read it anyway because that book is just as hot.
RATING: 5 Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
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