"a story the reader will not soon forget"
Needing a break from the stress of the international
finance conference she was working, Beth Nakamura heads to
a local bookstore for a much needed escape. While browsing
the shelves for an interesting erotic title, she is
intrigued by the deep and sexy voice of an eavesdropped
phone conversation. When a troubled woman enters the store
with her abusive boyfriend on her heels, ex-ranger Sean
Lindstrom efficiently handles the situation. When Beth
sees the gorgeous, blond Viking in action, the force of
her attraction will allow nothing but action.
When Sean stopped by the bookstore to check on his rental
property, he never expected to encounter this exotic
beauty or for their chance meeting to spark a heated
desire that threatens to consume them both. After their
fervent encounter in the bookstore, Beth agrees to spend a
weekend with Sean in which they will indulge each other's
fantasies. Beth sees this as an opportunity to burn off
some sexual energy with man who enjoys being submissive to
her dominance; she is not looking for a serious
relationship. Sean is in awe of this beautiful woman who
has allowed him, for the first time, to explore his
interest in a D/s relationship. As their fantasy weekend
unfolds, the intensity, both emotional and physical, of
their relationship takes them both by surprise. Sean is
ready to make a commitment but Beth does not believe that
Sean can fulfill her needs. Though she cannot deny that
she has feelings for Sean, he is not a Switch; someone who
can be both dominate and submissive. Beth cannot fool
herself into thinking she could be happy with anything
less; it would not be fair to Sean or herself.
THE SWITCH is a highly erotic, deeply emotional, character
driven story. The hero and heroine, Sean and Beth, are
both carrying a lot of emotional baggage. Sean, a twelve-
year widow of a loveless marriage, has never trusted
anyone enough to share his deepest desires and fantasies.
Raising a son on his own, he has always put duty and
responsibility ahead of his own needs. Beth is struggling
with demons of her own. Being the child of Scottish and
Japanese parents, she has never felt accepted by either
culture, and feels unfulfilled despite her successful
career with the U.S. Treasury. Having lost her
sensual "teacher" in the September 11th attacks and then
being humiliated by her cheating ex-fiancé, she is very
vulnerable emotionally. This couple's journey toward trust
is one the reader will not soon forget.
Ms. Whiteside has penned a story that is at once
incredibly tender and so extraordinarily steamy it
scorches the pages. This moving story is an outstanding
example of what the genre can and should strive to be.
Posted January 7, 2006
Reviewed by Dee Gentle
Posted November 17, 2006
Sean Lindstrom is a former Army Ranger and an all-around Alpha Male. He'd also like a lover to focus on him for a change—maybe even walk on the wild side...But as a widower busy raising a teenage son, it's been years since Sean has had time for pleasure of any kind.
Beth Nakamura is a high-powered US Treasury executive, with a passion for both multi-billion dollar negotiations and high-intensity sexuality. Still aching from the loss of the lover and mentor she lost, she comes to Seattle for a high-stakes business conference.
When she meets Sean in a bookstore, both believe they've found the perfect one-night stand. Given their respective responsibilities and past experience, falling in love is not on his agenda. Or hers.
But fate has other ideas...