Rowan Cassidy & Christian Thorne's book
Rowan Cassidy likes to be in charge, especially in her personal life. As a mistress at Club Privé, the most exclusive bondage/S & M club on the West Coast, Rowan can live out her dominant fantasies safely, and with complete control, until the night Christian Thorne walks in. Self-confident and sophisticated, he’s a natural dominant if Rowan’s ever seen one. Yet she can’t stop thinking about him and imagining his touch.
Christian has returned home, hoping to break free from his dissatisfaction and malaise and discovers the cure in Rowan. He’s dying to get his skilled hands on her and watch her surrender, to unlock the mystery of her that captivates him. Determined to be her master, he makes Rowan a daring proposition: give herself over to him for thirty days.
Rowan finds Christian’s offer terrifying and impossible to resist. But abandoning herself to Christian’s power might be more than she can handle…. Or it might be the realization of her true nature and the dark garden within her. There will be only one way to find out. And once the game has begun, there’s no turning back
The Dark Garden had a different sort of plot regarding a Dom Mistress, Rowan Cassidy, taking on a 30 day bet to become a Sub. It was a good angle but I was bored with details surrounding their possible future relationship. I did like the Dom, Christian. To be honest, there really wasn't all the much BDSM between that couple. At least I thought that there would be more since they are the main characters.
The story did also include another couple, April and Decker. I actually preferred their storyline more and I would have rather have read their story.
Maybe it's just me but I'm getting really bored with the "same old same old" storyline of a previous bad relationship that prevents a promising new relationship from forming. I know that books require some sort of hindrance or conflict that holds back the main relationship from forming and I think I actually groaned out loud when the author reverted back to the "bad previous relationship" angle hence why the woman turns herself into a martyr and denies herself happiness. *yawn*