Melissa Toselli is a wild child with a troubled past. Having been on her own since she was fifteen she is desperate to find the one who will take her into his arms, heart, and control. She has a tendency to pick all the wrong men for all the wrong reasons.
Unbeknownst to Melissa she has caught Corbin’s Bend newbie, Jason Donovan’s, attention. The wild spitfire stirred something inside of him that he could not let go. He could see right through Melissa’s devil may care attitude to the vulnerable child within who just needed someone to care for and watch out for her. She was crying out for some guidance; both the kind that would tuck her in at night and the kind that would take her over a knee for some much needed discipline and structure.
Can Jason give Melissa what she needs and tame the wild child that she is? Can he show her the way a true gentleman treats the woman he has feelings for? Will Melissa turn out to be too much for Jason to handle? Will she fall back into her old ways? Or will Jason and Melissa find exactly what their looking for in each other?
I hate to say it, but I don’t like age play books – they’re just not my cup of tea. I really didn’t read the blurb before I started Melissa’s Saving Grace, but even if I had I’m not sure I would have picked up on the subtle suggestion within it that points to age play. Truth be told, I’m glad I didn’t because if I had this probably would have been the first Corbin’s Bend book I opted not to read and I would have missed out on a really great book otherwise.
Ms. Alexander throws the reader in the deep end as we watch Melissa have what appears to be a bit of a breakdown in the middle of a night club – this scene was both sad and terrifying as I felt Melissa’s pain as well as the danger she faced when she passed out in the club while she was alone. Fortunately, Melissa owns a rather distinct vehicle and her friend Jason sees it in the club’s parking lot, goes in to check on her, and comes to her rescue. While still new to Corbin’s Bend, Jason has developed a close friendship with Melissa and the danger she put herself in upset him a lot, so when she mouths off about him spanking her he picks up the gauntlet – or should I say paddle – and proceeds to show her that he’s not afraid punishing her will ruin their friendship. The next day Jason does something I did not expect – he actually initiates the conversation with Melissa about how the spanking made him realize he wanted more from their relationship.
I have to say that I really liked how the author approached the age play aspect. When it first appeared in the book, it occurred so subtly that neither I nor Melissa realized it was ocurring. But when the subject is purposefully introduced, it occurs initially through Melissa’s researching the subject and primarily as conversations between her and Jason and not until about 75% into the book. Because the focus of the novella is on Melissa, her PTSD and related issues, and the Domestic Discipline relationship she is building with Jason, the age play is actually a very small element within the story and this made it easier for me to read. I loved the chemistry between Jason and Melissa and found their sex scenes to be very steamy. What really fascinated me was Melissa’s PTSD and how it affected her lift. Despite the serious nature of this book, Ms. Alexander did manage to make me laugh in the scene when Melissa comes to the realization that there is nothing sexy about having one’s mouth washed out with soap. Although I did not enjoy all aspects of the book, I found Melissa’s Saving Grace to be a really good read and a great addition to Corbin’s Bend Season Three.