but when she encounters him at a masked ball as crave me opens she sees her one chance. and she dares him to kiss her. simon is intrigued until he realizes exactly who she is. and then he is horrified. he thinks it's a sick joke. things with cassie ended badly. and he's convinced that her whole family hates him and chloe is just playing some psychotic mind game.
but he can't get her out of his mind. that one taste, there was so much possibility there. six months later he's at luminous, an exclusive kink club that he belongs to in order to take the edge off. nothing has tempted him since chloe, but he's also aching for some release. the last thing he's expecting is to hear his name called out in a panic.
when he realizes it's chloe and she's been caught up in a scene that's gone too far, he feels conflicted. he's angry and upset that someone would have abused their power that way. he also feels responsible, because if he had agreed to teach chloe months ago, perhaps she wouldn't have found herself in this situation. and he also realizes that she means something to him.
he reluctantly agrees to train her as a submissive. he wants to give her the tools to manage the lifestyle. and the thing is, the way they are together is everything. chloe turns out to be the exact submissive simon's dominant heart was looking for. once he figures out what really makes her tick he knows that she is the one for him. but he believes that given his history with her family that there is no way forward for them. no matter how tempted he is to ask for more. but chloe wants more too.
and even as her family acts out in ways that confirm simon's belief, she still wants him. and so the real question is, will either of them take the leap of faith that their connection is meant to last, that the way they are together is perfect, that what they have is something real and strong enough to withstand disapproval?
**crave me will publish on may 29, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/carina press in exchange for my honest review.