Abby is shocked, but the spark of curiosity and taboo desire have her wanting more. Under Rufus's firm hand, they explore the erotic depths of their unconventional, yet beautiful, relationship. Abby is falling deeper in love with Rufus and the Little/Dom lifestyle, but it's not long before she comes face-to-face with her darkest fear—judgment from the outside world.
Daddy knows best, but what if, this once, he can't protect her?
Okay, I admit to a fascination with all-books kinky, and I have an intense curiosity about books with daddy kink in them. Some work well for me while some hit all my squick triggers. Hence, I had to read Brianna Hale’s Little Dancer as soon as I read its description. Fortunately, this one worked well for me. Abby Williams is a young, 20-year old dancer who doesn’t want to have to grow up if it means giving up the girlish trappings of her youth. Rufus Kingsolver is the much older owner of theater where Abby works who feels a deep-seated need to take care of the young dancer. The two develop an intense and kinky relationship that causes some problems when it becomes public.
Abby loves to dance; it is almost everything to her. In many ways, she’d like to forget about the rest of her life, especially as things keep changing. For example, Abby’s parents want to redecorate her bedroom to make it more adult. The problem is that Abby takes comfort in her girlish things. However, she doesn’t feel comfortable telling her parents this. After all, they are always after her to grow up and face reality. They don’t think dancing is a viable career and want her to get a real job. Abby is stressed by her parents’ demands which create issues for her at work.
Rufus Kingsolver is a tough man who runs his theater with absolute control. He doesn’t like it when his dancers don’t follow the rules. When Abby misses a dance cue, she is summoned to Rufus’ office. This begins a new chapter in their relationship. Rufus senses that Abby needs order and direction in her life - and he wants to give her these things. He straightens out her issue and helps to keep her focused. It take a little bit for Rufus to direct their changing relationship in an intimate direction, but when he does Abby is thrilled. However, she isn’t sure what to make of the fact that Rufus wants her to call him daddy.
Things get out of control when the nature of Rufus and Abby’s relationship gets made public and her parents find out. I admit that I found this part of the book somewhat painful to read. There is a scene where Abby has to finally stand up for herself and tell her parents a bit more about the nature of her relationship with Rufus than most people would ever reveal to their parents about their sex lives. It is an intensely raw conversation that made me want to hide under a table. But in all honesty, this conversation was critical for me. Abby needed to show that she could face her problems and be honest with her parents.
This is because there is a serious power dynamic and differential between Abby and Rufus - and because Abby is seriously young in both years and maturity. My one concern about their relationship while reading this romance was about Abby’s age. Was Abby actually aware enough of herself and of her relationship with Rufus to fully consent? I was convinced that she was mature enough when she stood up to her parents and explained her relationship with Rufus to them. This was her way of fighting for what she wanted and needed in her life.
As for the daddy kink, I think this is very well done. Rufus is strict with Abby and does discipline her. But it fits their dynamic. And when things get complicated for Abby, Rufus refused to tell her what to do. Consent and verbalization are important to him. Admittedly, this book will not be for everyone. The daddy kink will make some very uncomfortable. The book does push boundaries and flirts with the taboo. But the kink is super sexy and very hot.
Brianna Hale’s Little Dancer is an erotic romance that handles a taboo kink with great sensitivity. I recommend this one to those looking for books with daddy kink. The story seamlessly combines hot kink and intense emotion with a fantastic older man/younger woman romance.
Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.