The Reward (Lessons in Control #3) by Jade A. Waters

It’s been a year since Dean Sova turned Maya Clery’s world inside out. There isn’t a secret fantasy that Maya and Dean haven’t explored—each one more tantalizing and mind-blowing than the last. But while their relationship may be stronger than ever, taking the next step pushes boundaries neither one of them is prepared to face.
Dean couldn’t care less about Maya’s background—all her choices made her the woman he wants to tie to his bed and never let go. But not even a Dom as strong as Dean can keep the past at bay. When a threat from Maya’s old life surfaces, she’ll have to choose once and for all: fight for freedom under Dean’s command, or lose the reward she’s worked so hard for—the chance to be happy with the man she loves.

This series has been on and off for me. The Assignment was intriguing and The Discipline was slightly annoying as well as frustrating. The Reward brought things full circle and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised that I was happy with the way Jade A. Waters wrapped things up for Maya and Dean.

I’ve gotta say that I was kind of worried when I read the description. Part of the reason why I’ve had any issues at all with the relationship between Dean and Maya was because of their lack of communication. Things did get a little tense in The Reward, but it appears that they learned their lesson about protecting each other and themselves from the truth – past and present. This couple has come a long way since their first meeting and initial ‘play.’ The erotic aspect of their relationship wasn’t quite as ‘front and center’ in The Reward, which was okay. It was still there, because that was a big part of their dynamic. They grew as individuals as well as a couple, which is what I always hope for in a contemporary series. 

The Discipline (Lessons in Control #2) by Jade A. Waters

disciplineHow far would you go to fulfill a fantasy?
Maya Clery has taken risks before. Her relationship with Dean Sova started out as a risk—a series of sexual assignments, each hotter, wilder, more intense than the last. Exploring her submissive side with a powerful, trustworthy Dominant has been everything she hoped for, everything she needed.
Dean pushes Maya to her limits—it’s one of the things she loves most about him. But as they push the boundaries outside their sex life, meeting friends and family members, Maya realizes there’s still much she doesn’t know about the man with whom she’s sharing her bed.
And when a fantasy simmering between them becomes their latest challenge, past secrets begin to reveal weaknesses in their relationship that neither is ready to face.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I liked the first book in the Lessons in Control series, The Assignment, but as you can tell from my review, even though I liked it, I had some minor issues with it. In The Discipline, I’m sorry to say, I had even more. *sigh*

Okay, so I didn’t hate The Discipline. Maya and Dean had come a long way since they first met. They’d gotten close and learned a lot about each other, but not everything. Their relationship was as hot as ever and Dean found new ways to push Maya, which she loved. What she didn’t love was the fact that she knew he was hiding something from her. And there lies my issue…

Dean was broken by events from his past, but he didn’t share that with Maya. Instead he stalled her whenever she brought things up. The secrecy was frustrating, for both Maya and me as a reader. So much pain, frustration and craziness could have been avoided if Dean or someone… anyone would have filled Maya in on just a little bit of Dean’s past. What he hid from her was a big deal and, once again, he put her in a situation that got out of hand because of his irresponsibility.

Other than my frustration with the characters, The Discipline was still a pretty good read. On a side note, I’m not sure if it was because of that frustration or not, but I found myself skimming over some of the sex in The Discipline. I’m not a prudish reader (have you seen my book list?) but by the end, I’d had enough and there didn’t seem to be much new. Regardless of how Dean and Maya frustrated me, Jade A. Waters isn’t done with this couple yet and neither am I. I’m hoping that they’ve learned from there mistakes and they’re working their way toward a deserved HEA, so I’ll stick with them.

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