Berkley. (Lessons from the Rack, Bk. 2). Jan. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780399584503. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780399584510. EROTICA
This second book in the "Lessons from the Rack" series (after Master Professor) centers on submissive Mariela, dance instructor at the exclusive RACK Academy, and RACK's anguished owner Lennox MacLure. Since the death of Winnie, Mariela's best friend and Lennox's submissive, the two have never been able to reconcile their simmering attraction. Ridden with guilt, Lennox has determined to retire as a Dominant and runs the BDSM school from a cool emotional distance. But Mariela knows that the only thing to heal him will be a return to his natural state; with friend (and Master Professor protagonist) Andie's help, she forms a plan of seduction to draw Master MacLure back into dominance and into her arms. Of course, the plan goes awry, but Lennox finds himself gravitating toward the soft-spoken yet spirited dancer all the same, especially amid threats to the academy's privacy and a life-changing injury. Interspersed are flashbacks and excerpts of Winnie's journal entries, which serve as an inventive means of creating mystery and shedding light on Lennox and Mariela's dynamic, both past and present. Sue Me (The Flirtation) has crafted a strong sequel to the first book in the series that addresses grief and guilt as readily as its sizzling D/s relationships. The epilog teases a promising new adventure with another kinky, familiar face.
VERDICT Readers will be titillated by Lennox and Mariela's sensual slow burn and eager for Winnie's journal to clarify their fractured past. Recommended.

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