Just Business, by Anna Zabo

cover-annazabo-justbusinessJustin White may not look like an up and coming corporate superstar, but his new boss knows he has the smarts, grit, and determination to succeed. Now he just has to convince his company’s CFO, Eli Ovadia. Unfortunately, Justin can’t seem to keep his cool around the domineering Eli—and soon he finds himself taking their heat from the boardroom into the bedroom….

Still haunted by a tragic accident that left him with a wounded leg and broken heart, Eli has a need to be in control. But his desire for Justin makes him want to lose that control—and push them both far beyond their limits. But will his need to dominate Justin drive him away—or will Eli find a way to be the man he needs for both of them?


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June 16, 2015
InterMix, a Penguin Books imprint
Takeover, book 2
Contemporary, BDSM
M/M
Gay
266 e-book pages
3rd person
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Rating:     ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Review:

What’s goin’ on?
Oh, nothin’…Just Business as usual.
You sure about that?

No!

Y’all. Just Business is a misnomer. A HUGE misnomer. It is NOT just business. It is ALLLL the business. All the dirty, kinky business. A bratty sub on his knees, tied up and flogged by an aloof Dom kind of business. Sometimes doin’ some of the business in the office.

For some reason I…I wasn’t expecting that kind of business. So it caught me totally unawares — in the BEST ways possible.

To say that I loved this book is an understatement. I was glued to it. Stayed up till all hours reading. Blazed through it with a craving for more.

One of my favorite elements is that Eli and Justin are kind of a mismatched pair that totally make sense. Eli is standoffish, prim in his three-piece suits, a stickler for rules, and things being just so. Justin is younger by a decent margin and a mostly gregarious, go-with-the-flow kind of guy who defies the expected image of an MBA in his tatty jeans and tees. But put these guys in the same room together, and the vibrations of lust and need are palpable.

Justin caught Eli off guard at every turn, and that just served to draw Eli out of his shell and face down a few demons and to have some much-needed fun. Not that Justin didn’t have his own to fight along the way either, but it seemed that Eli was the toughest nut to crack. These guys were gorgeously layered in ways that show people are not what they seem on the surface.

Now, one of the things I love most about BDSM stories is the common thread of trust and communication between the characters. They go hand in hand and often dig in deeper than the typical romance. This is where I had just a few little niggles because there were times I expected some conversations to take place that didn’t. A few times when I felt Eli wasn’t being the best Dom he could be (when he’s touted as being highly sought after). I can sort of attribute it to Eli being in a dip of lowered self-esteem and desperately wanting more of a partnership than full on D/s. Some full-on two-way conversation could have prevented a long bout of confusion and heartache due to miscommunication.

Up there? That’s my only gripe. Otherwise, this story was incredibly sexy, witty, and sweet. PLUS there’s lots of Sam and a little bit of Michael from book one.

Totally recommended, AND can be read as a standalone.


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About the Author:

Anna Zabo writes contemporary and paranormal romance for all colors of the rainbow and lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which isn’t nearly as boring as most people think.

Anna has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, where he fell in with a roving band of romance writers and never looked back. Anna also has a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

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