Deke is one of the most sexy, appealing alpha males I’ve read in a long time. He is at the crossroads of his life after being forced to give up the career he loved as a Pararescueman due to a tragic accident which occurred during a mission in Afghanistan. To add insult to injury Deke’s marriage ended due to betrayal by his ex-wife. His relationships since the divorce have been purely sexual and he is struggling to find his place in the world. Then he meets Jessica who presents as conservative and completely devoted to her job which she cannot leave behind even when on vacation.
Jessica has suffered her own personal issues having recently split up with her fiancé of a year for a variety of reasons. Her work is her life, she is excellent at her job and takes her responsibilities very seriously. I really liked Jessica, she calls a spade a spade and is a no-nonsense sort of person. Beneath what seems to Deke to be an uptight, modest exterior, Jessica harbors secret longings, fantasies if you will, to be dominated in the bedroom. She never expects to actually act upon her fantasy.
Deke is drawn to Jessica (and she to him) but resists because he thinks she would find his sexually dominate nature unsavory. She does surprise him by not turning away when he is honest about his need for control. The love scenes in Deacon's Touch are passionate, sexually explicit and will absolutely curl your toes. I saw Deke as somewhat of a connoisseur when it comes to sexual dominance, but he is also extremely kind and very tender. What I loved and found really special about this story is Deke patiently but firmly guides a nervous, somewhat fearful Jessica in dominant / submissive intimacy that allows her to trust him enough to push her past her boundaries and fully embrace her sexuality. The best way I think I can describe one love scene in particular is an emotional maelstrom, the way Deke touches and makes love to Jessica is absolutely electrifying. Ms. Crois writes a stellar passionate prose that permeates the narrative of this novella.
Readers are shown Deke’s expertise as a confident highly trained medic who remains calm and competent in a crisis. Deke’s strong, equally handsome brothers are introduced who I believe will be getting their own stories. Deacon’s Touch is a well paced story and the author deftly wove in details concerning the ranch and secondary characters giving depth to what is an all too short tale.
The scene at the airport when Jessica leaves ripped at my heart. Her life and her job is in Seattle, Washington. Deke’s brothers and the ranch are in Texas. Plus he has been floundering for months and isn’t sure of his ability to offer anything beyond their weekend tryst to Jessica. All I can say is I found the conclusion of Deacon’s Touch, sweet and compelling. And, Deke? Is to die for. (Yes I'm gushing...lol)
If you enjoy a sensual, delicious, well crafted contemporary erotic romance you may well like to give Deacon’s Touch a try.