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As She's Told [Kindle Edition]

Anneke Jacob
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Book Description

Winner of the National Leather Association's 2008  Pauline Reage Novel Award. Take two caring, thoughtful individuals with some highly unusual sexuality, let their paths cross, and watch how far their obsession takes them. That's the essence of this story about an intense bdsm relationship: extreme, loving, creative, steeped in imagination, embedded in the real world. What emerges is a passionate, private sexual reality, in which the balance of power tips only one way. Maia and Anders want nothing less than total power exchange, without games, negotiations or safewords. Any pretence is out of the question; for both of them the power relationship has to be as genuine as it is absolute, but Anders is more than aware of the risks to inexperienced Maia if she should be wrong about what she can handle. Early on, he steers a careful line between games and gobbling her up. His ownership is established step by step through conditioning, painful consequences, humiliation and constant bondage, and before long, Maia finds walking away has become inconceivable. Anders keeps his slave increasingly 'like an animal on a very short tether' something to which she struggles to adjust, in a continuous state of terror and joy His love of technology takes some interesting turns, particularly around orgasm control, teasing and denial. The intensification of Maia's enslavement is balanced by the pair's affection, sense of humour and intelligent conversation, and by the real world of work and friends. Some of these friends become integrated into the menage one way and another, and help Anders create the setting in which Maia's uttermost submission can flower. Graphic BDSM content.


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The toughest love and the deepest intimacy, rendered in language that's consistently surehanded and deeply alive. I read it in a fever of engagement, arousal, and continuing fertile dialogue. When it comes to BDSM for smart girls, put this fantasia of unrelenting surrender at the top of your list. --Molly Weatherfield, author of Carrie's Story and Safe Word

Product Details

  • File Size: 713 KB
  • Print Length: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Pink Flamingo Publications (April 15, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DNW328
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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101 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right up there with Carrie's Story & Story of O June 2, 2009
Format:Paperback
I've read at least 50 bdsm books in the past couple years, and Anneke Jacob's As She's Told is not your typical cheeseball faux-bdsm stroke book. This book is the REAL DEAL.

This book is about the relationship between Anders and Maia, two people in the Toronto bdsm scene. Anders wants total control, to own his woman completely, human chattel...Maia desperately wants to be owned and controlled and told what to do. Neither one wants games, they want total permanent power exchange, with no room for choices or the word "no." The pair find a perfect match in one another, and so begins a fascinating and incredibly erotic love story. Ms. Jacob skillfully leads Anders & Maia (and the reader) along a continuum from the heady beginnings of new love, to the deepening of the relationship, with all the risk and new explorations, to...well...the complete and utter submission of Maia as Anders' slave.

But what makes this better than 98% of the Master/slave bdsm erotica out there, is that Maia and Anders truly share a love relationship...she never wavers in her desperate desire to please him, she revels in the (sometimes cringeworthy) things he does to her, and for his part, he never compromises her well-being or safety, in fact, the care he takes of her while more or less breaking her down into an animal is absolutely breathtaking (and totally sexy. I am absolutely in love with Anders! Femsubs, prepare to lose your heart to him if you read this book!!)

Aside from the great story, the great characters, the ridiculously hot sex, the insidiously evil-sexy punishments Anders comes up with, the fascinating development of what becomes quite a hard-core M/s relationship...aside from ALL THAT, this book is also exquisitely written.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling fantasy June 10, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found this book to be a fantastic, compelling read. It is well written and well crafted. The premise of the book is a big "what if." The female character has had a lifelong need, a sexual compulsion, to feel controlled, to give up her will to another. The male character's need is just the opposite and complementary. At their first, more or less chance, meeting, their personalities spark. For the first time in their lives, they have found someone whom they can love and at the same time fulfill their lives' obsessions.

To call their desire to engage in what is sometimes called a total power exchange (but not by them since the whole idea is not an exchange, but rather a surrender) a fantasy is to belittle their total commitment to their agreement. The whole point for both characters is that the relationship be real and not some `scene' or parlor game.

Maia, the female character undergoes a total objectification and dehumanization. The man, Anders, assumes control over all of her exterior and interior life. He tells her that his goal is to have her feelings and conscious thoughts to be entirely of his creation. Maia undergoes severe corporal punishment and intense disciplines, including whippings, restraints, sensory deprivation. She fears and abhors the pain she suffers and does her best, through complete and total obedience, to avoid it. But Anders' will to dominate is so strong, his demands so meticulous, that it is impossible to comply, giving Anders the justification to inflict the punishments that he so much desires to impose. Not that he needs it, for he does not hesitate to inflict any hardship on Maia that will give him pleasure.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Intimate, Compelling and Disturbing" August 31, 2010
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The Plot:

Anders comes from a large and lively Danish family. He's an active dominant in the local BDSM scene, but his past relationships just haven't quite fit the bill. He is tired of playing games, of role-playing at D/s with only half-hearted submissives.

From a very young age, Maia has had unusual fantasies. As a small child, she would play at being kept in a cage and dreamt longingly of being forced to submit to her captor. As she grew older, "normal" relationships -- even normal D/s relationships -- never seemed to quite meet her needs. She was often out of place in social settings -- a loner lurking as a "shadow" on the periphery.

When an exchange in an online chatroom brings the two together, it seems as if they each may have found their match in life. But will Anders' desire to own someone, to make someone his slave, his "human chattel," be too much for Maia to handle? Or will Maia's need and desire to be wholly owned overcome the odds and endure?

Zelda's Take:

As She's Told is at once a fascinating and disturbing glimpse into what becomes an absolute, one-sided, total power exchange. I found the book wholly captivating and, despite it's length, had a really hard time putting it down.

I truly felt for Maia. I felt for her as a social outcast and as someone who desires something so totally beyond the mainstream that it is hard for her to even admit to herself that it's what she truly wants. Not to mention to hope to ever actually find someone to give her what she wants. I connected with her very much in this way, but despite this, Maia repeatedly surprises and shocks me throughout the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars But it's good have it on kindle
I knew the story already. But it's good have it on kindle, for read some samples, while away from home. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marilena C Moreira
4.0 out of 5 stars loved this!
This was my first full length novel on this topic (BDSM) This story was awesome. I enjoyed it cover to cover. The concept covered in the story was fantastic but very well written. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joanne R.
4.0 out of 5 stars their relationship is extreme - but it works for both of them and I...
This book is about an TPE relationship. And unlike other books about relationships of this kind this one is kind of realistic for me. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Yvonne G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Too perfect
Interesting look at BDSM, but all the characters are too perfect. As a potentially liberating story, it was just too hard to relate to her to give anyone the encouragement to try... Read more
Published 12 months ago by D. Belcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Different... consent for non-consent
This was a whole new idea, never read anything like it though I'm not new to TPE books. This one definitely took it to a whole new level... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money
I'm pretty sure I lost several hours of my life reading this. There won't be a repeat...it made it to the trash and I am normally opposed to book burning/trashing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Elaine in Idaho
5.0 out of 5 stars totally enjoyed
My favorite bdsm book yet to date. He always makes sure she is ok. A true Master slave love story . Masters have so much to think about besides their own needs they are responsible... Read more
Published 14 months ago by creampuff
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal
This book is about the relationship between Anders and Maia. Andres is a sadistic Master, who is OCD AND an over the top controlling person. Read more
Published 14 months ago by I love my cat
4.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating read
This story was well written. I found the characters multi-dimensional -which you don't find today -and hardly ever in 'lifestyle' stories.
Published 15 months ago by David Moreland
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Brave...This is VERY DARK
This was the most disturbing and unnerving book I have read to date. This is more than Total Power Exchange, this is Wow. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Monique R
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