Is he worth the heartbreak? At nearly forty, Julie isn’t so sure she’ll ever find a man who is, so she’s vowed that all her big 4-0 decisions will have zip to do with relationships. A successful theater manager, she agrees to travel to North Carolina and help a friend put her erotic performance theater on its feet. Julie has always been curious and drawn to the BDSM world, and now she can safely explore that world in the environment she knows best.
Desmond Hayes is the roofing contractor repairing their rundown theater building, but he’s also a rigger, well-known in the BDSM world for his rope artistry. He’s not just a top, though; he’s a Dom whose unexpected quirks mesh too well with Julie’s eccentric personality and awaken her submissive side.
From the time he was born, Des has been fighting the odds against him. Because of that, he’s kept his relationships inside the BDSM scene, with clear boundaries. While Julie has almost given up on finding a person worth loving through better or worse—or pleasure and pain—Des never expected to receive that gift.
He’s not letting that treasure get away—no matter how much rope he has to use to bind her to him.

“Joey translates the world of BDSM with such intense power and exquisite beauty. LOVE is the most powerful element entwined through the Dominance and submission.”  –Goodreads, Jx PinkLady

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Worth the Wait is another emotionally charged book written in such a way it’s impossible not to find yourself investing deeply into these characters. Although this book is part of Joey’s Nature of Desire Series, I read it as a standalone and it was perfect. Joey’s niche is the world of BDSM and it is due to the thorough accuracy she has in her stories. She emphasizes safe, sane and consensual as well as the safety in the practice itself. With those specifics taken care of the reality of the rest of the story is one that can just be enjoyed. 

Julie Ramirez, is now 40 years old and over it. Over the bad relationships, over giving herself and losing out every time she tries. She is cracked, broken, running and yet she has an underlying strength. No matter how many times she says she will never try for another relationship, she truly wants to have her happily every after. Desmond Hayes, this man was an enigma and so difficult to put in a box. His story pulled at my heart, every step of the way as he slowly and painfully let out a bit at time. Julie and Des’ immediate attract was more than just physical it literally was a soul touching moment. One that pulled at my heart just enough to know this was going to be a fantastic story no matter how it ended. 

Julie is helping a friend, Madison, open her new erotic theater when she meets Des, a roofer and contractor. After meeting Des, there is an instant connection and Julie can’t help but want to spend more time with him. Of course the attraction is reciprocated and Des pushes her boundaries of not dating. Julie’s interest in the theater goes beyond just her experience in running one, it is the submissive lifestyle she is drawn toward. She curiously dips her feet into her submissive side and allows Des, a Dom and rigger, to scene with her. The connection between the these two is electric and comes off the pages. They are sweet, sarcastic and playful with each other. They are also possessive and I can completely understand Julie’s hesitation with watching Des work with another submissive. Again just another way Joey is able to relate her character’s to the readers. 

She adds a comical set of secondary characters you will just love. That comicalness is needed as there are some very serious and underlying issues established in this story. Most surround Des and his secrets, which are secret because he refuses to allow anyone to help. However, as these two demand more from each other, more walls come down and they begin to repair each other. The deeper they submit themselves into the BDSM lifestyle, he as her Dom and she as his submissive, the more the secrets must be shared. Although Des is tying Julie up for the scenes, it is as if he is releasing himself at the end of each one. It’s a beautiful love story, that took me on a journey I will need to recover from for days. 

5 sexy stars
5 kink level due to BDSM, M/M, explicit sexual content 


“So why do you come to the orchid conservatory?”
Julie asked. “What do you like about it, beyond the obvious that it’s amazing?”
Des stopped before a trio of white orchids.
“Notice the shape of the petals. When I look at them, I imagine transforming
the female form into the same shapes, using rope. I get a lot of ideas from
gardens, particularly orchids.”
He traced the air before one of the flowers.
“Imagine that’s her thigh, lifted, bound to her ankle. Her back arched, arms
behind her so her breasts form this curve here… I’d suspend her, but I’d also
twist a rope beneath her, so it would become the stem of the flower and anchor
As he described it, she could see it. “Why does it
give you such a charge? It’s not just about tying a woman up so you can do
whatever you want to her. Or is it?”
He gave her a quick, very male smirk. “That’s a
very important perk. But yes, there are other reasons. I explore a lot of rope
disciplines, and one of my personal favorites is semenawa, torture rope. Not as scary as it sounds. It’s about
contrasting stimuli.”
He shifted behind her. “Pull all your hair
over your right shoulder.”
He could say things in a manner that wasn’t saying
them at all, as much as commanding them. What made it so intoxicating was that
he pulled it off in such an unexpected moment. Des didn’t appear the commanding
sort…at first glance. Yet he could compel a woman’s attention with his
unwavering gaze, the set of his jaw and an energy that emitted from him even
when he was saying nothing at all.
“The other right shoulder.” His voice
held heat with humor, acknowledging the reason for her distraction. When he
shifted closer, his breath stirred the fine hairs on her exposed neck. His body
didn’t touch hers, but a dense aura stroked her, a cushion of magnetism between
two closely aligned bodies, the strength of his interest in her, his desire.
Curving his hand over her hip, he put his lips
over the pounding pulse in her throat. A small breath escaped her, a shudder
swaying her into a light brush against him. He moved in, and his lips parted,
tongue teasing her.
“See how the top part of the orchid is
slightly twisted?”
She nodded, her eyes fixed on it. His grip left
her hip and cupped her hand, her knuckles nested in his palm. His thumb came
over them to press into the flesh at the base of her fingers while his other
fingers constricted, capturing her hand fully. Slowly, as his mouth stimulated
a thousand nerve endings in her throat, he began to turn her wrist. Not a lot,
but his hold and the angle made her gradually aware of pressure and his
strength, discomfort edging toward pain. Just when she thought she was going to
have to ask him to stop, he did, holding her hand at that unnerving stress
His lips created a lot of mad swirling between her
chest and the folds of her sex. His inflexible restraint on her hand sent a
bolt straight to her core just as powerful. The mix of sexual stimuli had her
reaching for his hand on her other hip to steady her, even as things became far
less steady.
“Imagine I can tie you in the shape of that
flower,” he said, lifting his mouth a fraction from her skin. “I can. You’ll
struggle between pain and ecstasy, and I’ll use both to break you into a world
of your mind you can’t imagine, where every reaction you have belongs to me. I
have full command of your senses, your body. You’re not even sure if your soul
belongs to you anymore. You’re stretched to your physical limits, but you’re
aroused, too, not wanting the tension to end.
“Earlier, you asked what kind of Dom I am. That’s
your answer.”


About Joey W. Hill
An RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award recipient in Erotic Romance, Joey W. Hill has well over thirty titles available in contemporary and paranormal erotic romance. Her characters include everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids. 

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Though much of her work is BDSM, she has built her reputation on award-winning romances with absorbing characters who not only attract fans of the genre, but readers who would “never” read BDSM romance. “Whatever genre you’re writing, if the characters are compelling and sympathetic, the readers are going to want to see what happens to them. It can be the coolest storyline ever, but if the reader could care less whether the hero or heroine survive (in fact, in some cases they may be rooting for their destruction just so they can be done with the darn thing), then it’s not a story worth reading.”