The Greatest Risk

Griffin: St. Martin's. (Honey, Bk. 3). May 2018. 592p. ISBN 9781250177100. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250177117. EROTICA
This final installment in the "Honey" series, centered on the enigmatic Bee's Honey kink club and its patrons, sees damaged Domme Sixx taking the stage. Sixx has spent most of her life hopping from one "fixing" job to another and rarely looks back—except when it comes to handsome Dom Stellan Lange, for whom she's harbored a years-long attraction. When she returns to Phoenix for good, Sixx dances around Stellan, waiting for him to make the first move—which turns out to be a big one, in the form of creating an elite gladiator stadium to fulfill the woman's deepest aggressive male-on-male fantasies (personal sexual gladiator included). Things escalate quickly when Stellan makes an offer she can't refuse: a month of living together, with no outside sex or play, and her submission to him on the weekends. As Stellan grapples with the trials of committed love and Sixx finds her icy walls melting (allowing the wounded Simone Marchesa to emerge in her stead), ghosts from both their pasts threaten to end more than the couple's complicated relationship. Clocking in at almost 600 pages, this tome is best suited for those seeking a dense, racy read with plenty of plot. Following the tradition of the earlier works in the series (The Deep End; The Farthest Edge), kinky depictions of "alpha subs" (submissive alpha men), chastity cages, and group sex abound.
VERDICT Fans of Ashley's work will delight in this gritty finale to an intense series.

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