Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Review - 'The Institute: Daddy Issues’ by Evangeline Anderson

Blurb 

Can Kink heal a Broken Heart?
Detective Andi Sugarbaker is going to find out…the hard way.
Searching for the source of the deadly new date rape drug, Please, Andi and her partner, Viktor Saltanov, must go undercover at the infamous Age Play resort, called simply The Institute.
Here at The Institute, time is rolled back and Andi finds herself forced to relive painful trauma from her past in order to pursue her case. Meanwhile, her partner is showing a whole new side of himself that Andi never dreamed existed.
Born and bred in Mother Russia, Viktor Saltanov is 6’5, muscular, and as stoic as they come. But now he has become Andi’s sole support, protector…and disciplinarian. Letting her partner spank her and touch her in ways she never dreamed of is slowly breaking down Andi’s defenses, taking her to a vulnerable place inside she’s been trying to suppress for years.
Can the two of them navigate the traitorous maze of lies and deception and find a deeper truth about themselves? Or will their experience at The Institute destroy their relationship forever?


Review 

When Detectives Andi Sugarbaker and Viktor Saltanov go undercover in an Age Play (Daddy Dom/babygirl sub) kink club, they’re in for the ride of their lives. Berkeley, the owner of the club, is producing and selling a dangerous street drug called ‘Please.’ The drug makes women so desperate for physical stimulation that their heart stops beating if they don’t have very intense sex or a black-and-blue beating. It’s Andi and Salt’s job to stop him, but they never expected their platonic partnership to develop into something more.
Andi is a brass, loudmouth woman and considers herself vanilla. Salt is quiet, protective, and a force to reckon with if anyone tries to harm Andi. They both have father issues, especially Andi, and she’s having a very hard time adjusting to the role of a submissive, so much so she nearly blows the investigation. After three years of being partners, I just couldn’t understand her inability and downright unwillingness to trust Salt as her friend and lover. She often acted out and misbehaved when she needed to play the innocent, playful kid/teenager to gain Berkeley’s trust. Salt conformed to the daddy role just fine, but Andi just couldn’t play along.
For an erotic romance novel, I found it odd Salt and Andi had sex (penetration) only once, but they did fool around a lot.
The book could use a light edit to fix missing quotation marks at the beginning and ending of a few sentences. It wasn’t much, but enough to distract me.
There are a few unanswered questions. Who’s the mole in the police department? Why did Andi’s father leave when she was a child?
The story is written in Andi’s first POV with a lot of internal dialogue.
Salt was the best part of the book. Who wouldn’t love a stoic, gorgeous Russian man with a sexy accent and lots of protective, romantic, authoritative instincts? YUM! Andi didn’t realize how lucky she was to have a man like him in her life until they joined The Institute. It’s the best thing that ever could’ve happened to them.
Overall, I enjoyed the story very much and would recommend it.
4 Stars

Disclaimer – I downloaded this book from Amazon and volunteered to review it. I am not compensated in any way, shape, or form for this honest review. I will not change or alter this review for any reason unless at my discretion.