This HaBO comes from Nicole. Y'all will really enjoy this one, I think!
Biznitches! I need lots of help, only some of which can be found on this web site. I am super embarrassed to be looking for this book, because it is not even that old (it came out no earlier than 2013). It's the first book in a series. I'm thinking it came out in 2014, because the second book hadn't been published when I was reading in on 2 February of this year (how's that for specific). Unfortunately, I have way too many books on my Kindle and I tend to buy my books from many different vendors, so although I initially assumed that I'd bought it from Amazon, I'm not positive.
The female protagonist is I THINK in college or possibly grad school. Whatever, she's broke as shit. She shares an apartment with a roommate/close friend, who is going somewhere I think with a boyfriend (possibly for summer). The female protagonist has a rich boyfriend who has either been unfaithful to her or expressed an interest in doing so. She has let him dominate and hurt her in bed in the past, but isn't naturally a submissive or into pain. She doesn't enjoy it, and can't imagine that she every will, but doesn't want to rock the boat when he says that he wants her to embrace her submissive side.
So Awful Rich Boyfriend hires some guy to train her in being dominated and physically hurt during sex for a month, because why not. Of course, this dude is super gorgeous and hikinks ensue (that was a typo, but I'm leaving it). I think that they're not supposed to have p in the v sex, although they do, within a satisfyingly short amount of time of meeting each other (because, seriously: eff Awful Rich Boyfriend). And although she's a perfectly healthy size, the guy is supposed to cook low calorie meals so that she will lose weight while he's training her. It stuck with me that he admits to eating fewer calories than he should, in order to maintain the sexy V that leads down to his groinal wonderland. He does sexythings as a career (even though I think he was way too young when he started and there's a gross element of coercion to a relationship that he has with another female protagonist) and must always look hot.
Other things that I recall:
I think that she talks with a friend or loved one on the phone. Maybe she misses a major holiday or somebody's birthday? She's not honest about where she is or what she's doing (duh). She goes to a spa and gets her hair and ladyparts taken care of? Highlights may have happened (on the head hair, not elsewhere). There may be a part where the protagonists are not talking or are communicating solely by notes and angry/weighty stars? Towards the end of the book she realizes that she loves Hot Dude and decides to escape ARB. Hot dude decides to help. He gives her a lot of cash and tells her not to take her cell phone (or maybe gives her an untraceable phone)? This plan means that they may not be in contact for a while.
I think the pain part is real, but maybe my brain just heaped on more reasons for me to hate ARB, as if there weren't already enough. I read a lot of books, so it's possible that I've conflated everything I read in February into one cluster of a book, but if this sounds even slightly familiar to you, please help!
ARB sounds like a character I'd like to reach through the text and smack into next week. Yeesh. Do you recognize this book?