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Inside the Lines (Without a Trace #1)

4.17  ·  Rating Details ·  65 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
What happens in love might destroy you...

Or remake you altogether.

I make a living offering men and women their ultimate fantasies…as submissives of the mysterious Mistress Hathaway.

I've never surrendered to anyone. That's not the way it works. Or rather, not the way I operate.

But when the gorgeous Fin MacKenzie shows up in my life, he throws everything out of balance.

Paperback, 230 pages
Published March 9th 2015 by Barkless Dog Press
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Danielle Urban
Feb 22, 2015 Danielle Urban rated it it was amazing
Inside the Lines is a red-hot novel featuring the main character as a Dom. Known as the Mistress Hathaway, she is doing the unexpected and going to the client instead of him coming to her. This one client has the potential of making the mysterious MIss Hathaway come completely undone. He has a way of unveiling her layers that she has spent so much time building up until he finds the real her. The woman underneath. Fin MacKenzie is sexy, hot, and a gorgeous Scotsman who makes her rethink everythi ...more
Feb 27, 2015 EatSleepReadReview rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
A copy of Inside The Lines was provided to ESRR in exchange for an honest review.

Lux Trace has an interesting job – she’s a professional dominatrix, specializing in helping people to live out their fantasies. Lux (AKA Mistress Hathaway) has three simple rules that she adheres to:

Never let them disobey you.

Never let them touch you.

Never have sex with them.

She knows what she wants and she’s in control at all times. Or at least she was until she came face to face with Fin Mackenize aka sex on a s
Stephanie Lasley
Mar 25, 2015 Stephanie Lasley rated it it was amazing
Tasteful and Classy
One thing is true; we are all shaped, in one way or another, by our childhood experiences. Lux Trace, our main character, is no exception. She suffers, in silent, from deep seated insecurities which were brought on by her unhappy and unhealthy adolescence. Over the years she has built walls around her heart. Lux’s entire adult life has been spent in the world of BDSM. Becoming Dominatrix “Madam Hathaway” has given her power, control, stability and respect, which in turn makes
Mar 08, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
It's refreshing to have an erotica author treat her readers like adults. There was a good story. A woman who made her own way in the world and didn't need anyone else to know who she was. There were fairly robust characters. Who doesn't love a Scotsman with his brogue accent and boy next door sweetness. There were realistic relationships among the characters. And the limited use of cutesy euphemisms was greatly appreciated and made it easier to get lost in the story. This was a great read and I' ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Audrey rated it it was amazing
I recognize that most people use erotica as written porn. However, I still appreciate a well-written story with a character arc. Inside the Lines combines the steam and the intelligence- and a Scotsman! I also appreciate the lack of control issues and ignoring of boundaries on the part of the male lead. It's good to read a book written by someone who doesn't think an unhealthy relationship is sexy.
Mar 08, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This was a great read! Fast paced, good character development and just enough steam to make it interesting ;) With her relatable (and mouth watering) characters, she sets the tone for a very exciting new series.

Ms. Bishop has managed to introduce her readers to the kinky side of the bedroom in a way that's classy and real. No cliché pizza delivery here! Well done!

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for honest feedback*
C.S. Kendall
Mar 08, 2015 C.S. Kendall rated it it was amazing
**I received an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.**

Inside the Lines is a fun, sexy read with beautiful layers and a plot that pulls you in and pushes you through the pages. I enjoyed the complexity of the heroine--her secrets, her dreams, her need for control. And I enjoyed her undoing at the hands or Fin MacKenzie, whose gentle pursuit of her brings her control to its knees. Bishop does a fantastic job of writing tasteful sex scenes that serve the plot well and characters who are m
Avid Elo
Mar 09, 2015 Avid Elo rated it it was amazing
This book was definitely outside of my normal reading range. I generally find reading erotica to be an eye-rolling experience, full of cliches and overused euphemisms. It was also my first BDSM novel, and I wasn't sure I would enjoy reading about that world. I was delightfully surprised by this book. The story was thoughtful, the characters fully fleshed out, the descriptions superbly done. I'm very glad that I took the time to read it. I look forward to reading more by this author!
Becky Foss Smith
Mar 09, 2015 Becky Foss Smith rated it it was amazing
This book starts off red-hot, then backs down into a simmer to draw you into the story line. You won't be disappointed. I enjoyed it very much - so much that I am re-reading it as we speak! Thank you for letting me read your book!
Jan 27, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing

"Inside the Lines" by Ally Bishop, Lux, aka Madam Hathaway is a professional Dominatrix in NYC. That means she doesn't have sex with her clients but sets their scenes and fulfills fantasies. Enter Fin-- ginger model, aspiring veterinarian, horse whisperer from Scotland --who she meets one night when he turns up as a substitute for a scene. I know close to nothing about BDSM and what little I have read, came from "Fifty Shades of Grey". But what I do know is a good romance when I read one! And t
Jennifer Reed
Apr 01, 2015 Jennifer Reed rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

INSIDE THE LINES is a play on the senses. The story line and characters are very well-developed. Lux Hathaway is a professional dominatrix. When one of her partners cannot make it to help out with a client, he asks Fin MacKenzie to substitute for him. Things start to get hot between Fin and Lux, but that will change. Lux always pushes away anyone who gets too close when she is in a relationship. She will have to find a way to rep
Nicole Plumbo
Mar 03, 2015 Nicole Plumbo rated it it was amazing
An advanced copy was provided by the author for review.
A burning hot, sexy read. Beautiful dom Mistress Hathaway thinks she knows herself....but does she? Or will a beautiful Scotsman make get rethink her "top" role?
Monica Guidroz
Apr 24, 2015 Monica Guidroz rated it really liked it
*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

This is the first title I've read by Ally Bishop and I mostly enjoyed the book. The main characters Lux (aka Dominatrix Miss Hathaway) and Fin (a Scottish underwear model/horse trainer) are enjoyable and the story was wrapped up nicely. My only complaint was that this was listed as an "erotic" romance but I've read much steamier scenes in other types of romance. However, the book was still enjoyable and I do plan to read the
Mar 08, 2015 A.J. rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this book from the author to review, and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Ally sucks you right into her fictional world with relatable characters, a realistic plot, and the sort of BDSM-flavored romance that puts a certain popular series to shame. Deliciously sexy and well-written, this one is definitely worth a read.
Tammy O'keefe
Feb 23, 2015 Tammy O'keefe rated it it was amazing
Awesome read! Inside the Lines, by Ally Bishop, is a sweet, STEAMY romance between Lux (a Dominatrix) and Fin (a sweet, Scottish model/horse whisperer). When Fin comes into Lux's life, she realizes he makes her feel different. Is Lux ready to address her past to find true happiness? Loved the characters! Loved the story!
Jill Wagner
Feb 27, 2015 Jill Wagner rated it it was amazing
"Inside the Lines" is an exciting read that pulls you in from the first chapter. Lux is satisfied with her career as a dominatrix until Fin, a handsome Scot, turns her world upside down. Will Fin be the one to crack her tough shell or will he be "the one that got away"? It's a book that you won't want to put down!
Jun 17, 2015 Beth rated it it was amazing
Just so you know, I received an advanced copy of this book to read and review but didn't receive anything to write a good review, this is an honest review of the book and nothing else.
This is a great read from the word go! Lux Trace, Dominatrix "Miss Hathaway" and Fin MacKenzie (HOT Scotsman, Vet student and accent and YUMMY for days!) Lux is stuck in her own head and can't allow herself to be dominated because she does the dominating and that seems to be OK with Fin. They meet by ch
Gillian Gibson
Feb 24, 2015 Gillian Gibson rated it it was amazing
5 of 5 Stars (If there were more to give, I would)

I start my review by quoting directly from the book:

" Is it to much to ask to find someone who not only gets you, but is willing to give of themselves to make you happy?"

You are about to learn about a contemporary erotic romance between Lux and Fin. I found while enjoying this story's classy descriptiveness without the Author being over-bearing; providing vivid mental imagery for the reader in comfort helped me solve a question most are afraid t
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
A domme who turns out to be secretively submissive, how many times have we seen this one happen before? More oft than not. Mistress Hathaway is a domme in demand. Many submissives make good use of her professional dominatrix service. And it is a service she gladly provides and makes a good living doing it. It is a job with heady power trips mixed in with sensual delights. This is not to say Mistress Hathaway sleeps with her paying customers, but the intimacy does develop at times. One in particu ...more
Peggy Lee (Reading Keeps Me Sane Book Blog)
Lux Trace is a Dominatrix, who has created the Mistress persona to be in control of her life. As a professional Dominatrix she follows three rules:

Never let them disobey you.
Never let them touch you.
Never have sex with the.

She was mostly in control of her life until she met Fin Mackenize, a sexy talking, well-built, Scotsman. Fin is accepting of Lux's career and future endeavors. He pushes her to try new experiences, however it only causes Lux to withdraw from their relationship. The story be
Mar 08, 2015 Sonja rated it really liked it
I usually dont read BDSM but I liked what I read in the back of the book. I wasnt disappointed..

Aally Bishop is doing a really good job of setting a high pace and throw you in head first into Mistress Hathaways life and business. The way you get introduced to this world and all the people that inhabits it is a well orchestrated plan. Meeting Mistress Hathaway and following her in her line of work as a Dominatrix is fascinating. You get a deeper understanding for the darker side of people’s needs
Mar 10, 2015 Ashlie rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
The leading lady, Mistress Hathaway, is a professional dominatrix, fulfilling the fantasies of her clients - men and women alike. This could make for some excellent steamy reading, however, it comes off more as playing at a dominate than actually being one. Encounters with clients are after moments instead of glimpses into how she works. Personal intimate scenes are done and over before your heart rate has a chance to rise, leaving this reader underwhelmed.

This isn't to say that the characters
Feb 01, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica, romance
'I very much enjoyed meeting Lux and her friends. It is a well,written book and the characters are very likable. The sex scenes are done with class and bring intensity to the story as well as feeling. Lux is working as a Dominatrix but it is not what defines her. You learn early in the book,that she struggles with trust issues and the need to control everything but the story doesn't reveal why until much later. Without spoiling the story, let me say that she deals with her issues and succeeds wi ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it
Recommended to Joyce by: I was given a ARC copy to read.
Shelves: first-reads
Inside the lines!!!!

Loved it!!!!!!!
Honestly a love story that makes you root for the Hero.
I was very intrigued with Lux and Fin's Story.
Yes their sex is hot and steamy. And wrote with class without all the hard core BSBD.
A lot of people will will be able to relate to Lux's issues, and how she worked her way back to Fin and to the luv he can give her.
Really excited to see where the story goes from here in tne next book
Thnks for letting me read your book
Koko's Book  Blog
Feb 17, 2015 Koko's Book Blog rated it really liked it
Karla Haller
Feb 24, 2015 Karla Haller rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this! The twist of romance for the professional Dom was interesting to read about. The Scotsman with his accent and all, was definitely a sexy plus!
This is a good example of a good book that just didn't sit well for me. I gave bonus points for an author actually knows how to approach BDSM. Also bonus points for novelty. Its pretty rare in my experience that the female is the Dom...or the one with the commitment phobia. I enjoy a different spin on things so i upgraded it even though i actually really didn't like this book at all. The sex scenes were hot and i loved the openmindedness but i didn't really dig this couple. The heroine was a tot ...more
Kathryn Synoracki
Jan 29, 2015 Kathryn Synoracki rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege to read this book as an arc! I loved it! Great Story line! I could not put this book down! Sexy fun read! Thank you Ally Bishop!
Lauren - SERIESous Books
Want to know if the whole series is worth reading? Read my overall review of the whole series at! Spoiler Free!
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own and not influenced by my source.**

I read this one after I read Crossing the Line and I'm glad I did. It helped prepare me for Lux character and made me curious to see what would happen in her own story.

I was worried that the BDSM/dominatrix aspect of this novel would overshadow Lux'
Oct 07, 2015 Jackie rated it really liked it
Lux is used to having all of the control. In her work as a Dominitrix it is imperative. But, Lux has yet to find the balance of that life and one that includes a relationship. That is until she meets Fin. Fin, the sexy Scot, comes in and decimates Lux’s walls and boundaries. This terrifies Lux but she can’t see herself being with anyone but him. So, how can Lux deal with her issues and not destroy what she so desperately wants? Is it possible for her to have her cake and eat it too or will she w ...more
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When you do something effortlessly and people commend you continuously, you have found your gift.

That's what I tell people all the time. And it's true.

I get story. I always have. I started writing when I was eight on a Smith Corona (the electronic kind -- I'm not THAT old). I wrote stories in every spiral notebook I had. Eventually, I graduated to a Mac (yes, I'm one of THOSE people). I imagined n
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Without a Trace (4 books)
  • Crossing the Line (Without a Trace, #0)
  • Tracing the Line (Without a Trace, #2)
  • Outside the Lines (Without a Trace, #3)

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