Not Safe for Work, by L.A. Witt
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: December 15, 2015
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.
They’re a match made in the dungeon…until their secret gets out.
Bored senseless in a meeting, architectural modeler Jon McNeill amuses himself with a kinky dating app on his phone. Then the app matches him with another user…who’s six feet away. Suddenly Jon finds himself on the same page as someone way above his pay grade: millionaire property developer Rick Pierce. His firm’s biggest—and hottest—client.
The app isn’t kidding either. They’re a perfect match. Jon’s a Dom, Rick’s a sub, and bondage is their thing. Both guys are well into their forties, know their way around the bedroom, and definitely appreciate a good suit. And the best part? They’re a match outside the bedroom too.
But office relationships aren’t easy to keep a secret. When the truth comes out, Jon is certain he’s about to get fired. Instead, his bosses throw him a curve ball—an ultimatum that puts both his job and his relationship in jeopardy.
I’ve read a dozen books by LA Witt (or one of her alter-egos), and have enjoyed every one of them immensely. So when I saw a new book by Witt, featuring a BDSM plot line, I practically danced in my seat. The summary sounded fantastic, and I’ve seen plenty of evidence that says Witt can write brilliant, fully-realized characters and steamy hot sex.
But I feel like I didn’t get my usual level of quality with this book. I struggled to get into the plot, I couldn’t wrestle up any interest in the characters, and I thought the sex was mediocre.
My biggest issue was that I wasn’t able to believe that there was any chemistry between Jon and Rick. They have nothing in common, apart from the sex, and there’s no connection. Witt says over and over that they’re perfect for each other, that their sexual needs line up perfectly, but she never actually shows it.
I also did not buy into the BDSM plot. If you have to remind us dozens of times that Jon is a Dom, then clearly he’s not doing a very good job of showing that he’s a Dom! (Or emphasize that he’s using his “Dom” voice, or basically just use the word Dom over and over… it was over-done! Over-dom’ed?)
The highlight of this novel, though, was Jon’s interactions with his co-workers. His fellow drafters and architects are quirky, fun, and ridiculous in the best of ways. His manager was a great character, the kind of woman who does what it takes but will go to bat for her employees. And I did love the indecision and frustration Jon felt at work, trying to hide his relationship and keep his personal life to himself.
But I’m not even going into the “plot twist” once their relationship is discovered at work. My jaw dropped reading it… from disbelief, not surprise. It was so implausible, so out of left field, that I had to sit and gape for a minute before forcing myself to read on.
This entire novel was a lot of telling instead of showing. It was not the high quality that I’ve come to expect from a Witt-Gallagher novel, and I honestly am not sure that I would have finished it if it hadn’t been for the author’s reputation.