So I don't hate my previous version, but I've revised this to make the kink/BDSM element more front and center to reflect the themes of the story. Would love any thoughts!
Cherry, a housemaid in Victorian Boston, is hopelessly in love with her employer, wealthy entrepreneur Thomas Ellis. For Thomas, Cherry is a welcome distraction from his lustless marriage. When Cherry accidentally discovers Thomas' suppressed masochistic desires, she begins to explore her own sadistic side. Their flirtation culminates in a tryst on the floor of Thomas' study. But Thomas, ashamed, dismisses Cherry the very next day. In one crushing betrayal, Cherry loses her job, her home, and the man she thought she loved.
Heartbroken and angry, Cherry struggles to survive on the streets of Boston until she finds employment at a brothel which caters to men like Thomas—men who would rather pay for pain than pleasure. Thomas, unable to resist the lure of submission after his tryst with Cherry, seeks out the brothel, only to find himself faced with his angry former housemaid. Wracked with guilt ever since he dismissed her, he offers her a heartfelt apology, and his words win her over. They strike up a relationship full of pleasure and pain.
When Thomas' wife dies in childbirth, Cherry dares to hope that she and Thomas will finally share the life she dreams of. But in a devastating blow, Thomas remarries for business interests rather than love, spurning Cherry for a second time. Determined to exact revenge, Cherry hatches a desperate plan to expose his darkest secrets and ruin his life, even if she takes herself down with him.