Tough, clever and beautiful, biracial detective Liza Bowman struggles with a San Francisco kidnapping case until she finds the victim's secret sex diary, which reveals that the young female vic went to a bar dressed in scanty red leather and read The Story of O. She hasn't been seen since.
Liza recklessly imitates the vic's last known activities and falls into the hands of James Li, the most notorious whoremaster in the city. Wealthy and handsome, James has already crossed paths with Liza-when she dared to arrest him.
In James' view, reading a famous bondage novel in public is a blatant come-on, and he's eager and ready to give his nemesis what she wants.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Title: Phoenix & Dragon
Author: Suz deMello
I remember the Story Of O - or rather the movie that was made so many years ago. I also remember i couldn't finish it, mostly because the subject of it hit much too close to home for comfort. I'm pretty certain that if i were to watch it again now, i might have a different outlook on it as well. Having had read Phoenix & Dragon by Suz deMello, i was surprised by this new author (for me) and how my reaction to themes discussed weren't those i would have had so many years ago. Don't get me wrong, this was and is a dark theme novel, but it's done in such a way that i couldn't turn away.
I fell captivated to how this was book written. It was so full of suspense that i had to keep going to find out what would happen next. Just how would James make Liza submit to his every whim and submit to the pleasure and attraction that exists between these two. The fact that Liza is a police officer simply added more drama to this story, created more aspects to make you want to see what Suz deMello has in store for her characters. It had so many twists and turns, that my brain was working overtime in trying to figure out what would happen next! This is one author that i'll be looking forward to finding out what ales she has in store for us in the future.
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