Leigh’s Review – Long for Me (Luminous #3) by Stacey Lynn

The sex was hot, the tension between the couple was palpable and the true caring and concern of a Dom/sub relationship was explored. But for some reason I just didn’t connect with it. ~ Leigh, Guilty Pleasures 


Long for Me by Stacey Lynn
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 4th, 2017



My boss already controls my days; do I want to give him my nights, as well?


I’ve seen what happens when you give everything to a man. That’s not what I want. I won’t have my heart crushed in anyone’s fist.

Then he changed everything.

Him. Bennett Ashby. My boss.

Seeing him at Luminous, dressed in leather pants and wielding a whip…

Do I crave this?

My mind says no, but my body is starting to have very different ideas.


I knew Rebecca Morales would be the perfect assistant. That’s why I hired her.

I didn’t know that working with her every day would lead to temptation—to own her, to possess her.

When she walked into Luminous, I knew I was screwed. Dipping your pen in the company ink is never smart, but we both agreed what happens at the club stays there.

One night and then it’s back to business tomorrow.

Except I don’t want just one night with Rebecca. I want them all.

I think I may be the anomaly, but this book was a miss for me. The sex was hot, the tension between the couple was palpable and the true caring and concern of a Dom/sub relationship was explored. And yet, for reasons I can’t truly put my fingers on, I felt that I spent more time getting frustrated by the book as it went on than I did falling in love with the characters.

Rebecca’s past makes a BDSM relationship seem like the furthest thing from what she would want. But when she is presented with one night with her domineering and overbearing boss, Bennett Ashby, where he would care for her and see to her every need, she can’t turn it down. And while being a sub is not what she wants, it may be exactly what she needs.

Bennett appears to the be the dream Dom. He cares for his sub and wants her to allow him to coddle her, guide her, and pamper her. He acknowledges the gift that she is giving to him, stressing to Rebecca that the power always lies with her and that she is actually in charge of the relationship. He is as tender and sweet as he is stern and forceful. He plans out his moves and doesn’t leave things to chance. He is considerate and sexy and I should have fallen in love with him. And I probably could have if it wasn’t for Rebecca.

I just wasn’t a fan. I didn’t feel that these two fit together well, and she was so wishy-washy for such an apparently strong woman that I found myself too often confused. From the very start, I couldn’t understand how these two got together. Bennett ignored Rebecca and was rude to her and then suddenly he’s propositioning her without any discussion or concern of a sexual discrimination lawsuit. There was no flirting, no signs of interest, no conversation. All of a sudden they were in this situation that would have been more taboo and effective had these two had at least one civil interaction with one another first. Rebecca stood up for herself at work, she submitted to Bennet in the bedroom, and she enjoyed it. And yet she couldn’t seem to reconcile within herself that this was ok.

Long for Me had all of the elements needed for a great BDSM story. I would say that it is worth a try because it was an easy read, sexy and romantic. But for some reason I just didn’t connect with it.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.


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About the Author

Stacey Lynn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer.

She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.

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One thought on “Leigh’s Review – Long for Me (Luminous #3) by Stacey Lynn

  1. I hate when that happens, when a story has all the elements you usually enjoy but for some reason you just can’t connect with it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Leigh

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