"Headmaster" just didn't do it for me; I ended up skimming most of my way through it. It wasn't DNF territory, but it came close.
I wasn't convinced of Mariela and Lennox's HEA and how they went about getting it - it felt like they were barely around each other and Mariela's got this torch for him and he's attracted to her, but oh noes, Winnie and guilt except then not. It didn't help that I wasn't a fan of anyone, really. I really disliked Winnie, was fairly meh on Lennox, and was kind of blegh about Mariela. About a third of the way through, Marie confronts Lennox, and they end up having BDSM sex - except nothing is resolved and it feels like just sex.
The usual draw of portrayals of BDSM for me is the intimacy, the exchange of vulnerability and exposure - but none of that felt present in this book.
The whole story feels very superficial and cursory; I simply didn't buy their love story, nor their Dom/sub relationship and to the end I just couldn't care less.
The New York Times bestselling author of the Submissive novels delivers a scintillating new erotic romance, where two instructors redefine the phrase “teacher’s pet” . . . .
Lennox MacLure, owner of the RACK Academy, has sworn off the Dominant/submissive lifestyle. Years ago, his submissive, Winnie, died in a car accident following a heated argument for which he blames himself. Guilt-ridden and emotionally closed off, Lennox sees the academy as both his punishment and penance for her death.
Mariela, a dance instructor and a natural submissive, was Winnie’s best friend and longs to help Lennox move past his grief. She’s accepted that he will never see her as anything more than a friend, but she still wants to help him acknowledge what he needs. Mariela comes up with a plan of seduction, guaranteed to unleash the Dominant he’s willfully buried—but the passion they unleash could prove to be stronger than they are ready to handle.