Be Warned: This section may contain spoilers for Renovating the Relationship.
Also trigger warnings. The heroine of this story was a victim of rape. It happened before the story began and did not involve any of the current characters other than herself. This is a tale of how she begins to heal afterward.
Drew Robertson hires Judith Delaney to be his new assistant, a job that involves living in his recently renovated mansion in a secluded area of the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Asheville, N.C. He warns her not to fall in love with him or try to mother him, but finds it hard to keep himself from being attracted to the competent, pretty, but reticent young woman.
Drew was wounded during his time in the military. Some of his scars are visible, but some aren’t, and those are the ones that are most damaging. Drew hosts parties at his home where his guests play BDSM games.
Judith is intrigued by those parties. She’s always been attracted to the BDSM scene, but after having been raped, she has a hard time letting any man touch her. Drew gently works with her to learn to function with being touched and interacting with me.
When curiosity overcomes her and she spies on one of his parties, she’s intrigued by what she sees. But Drew catches her in the act. Realizing she wants to explore her kinkier side, but unwilling to force it on her, he gives her several options for keeping her job.
When she chooses to take a spanking from him in punishment, he warns that it will change the relationship between them. He wants to keep their work life professional, but in private, she asks him to teach her about BDSM and train her to be a submissive.
They mesh well but threatening phone calls and blackmail notes cast a shadow over their growing happiness together. Then murder enters the picture, with Drew as the prime suspect.
Trying to save him will force Judith to move way outside her comfort zone.