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Product Details

  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Pink Flamingo Publications (December 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934349992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934349991
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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This story was well written.
David Moreland
As the book moved on, just when I thought that it could not get any worse, I was mistaken.
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One of the most serious BDSM books I have read.
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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful By honeybear111 on 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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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Anne on December 8, 2011
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Where do I even begin? I have so many things I could say about this book, but I abhore lengthy reviews, so I'll try to get right to the main points.
1) I have read more than just a few BDSM novels and this one is just riduculously over the top. The torture and punishments are absolutely disgusting and unnecessary.
2) There is absolutely no love between the characters and if there is, I certainly couldn't feel it.
3) As a sub in a long-term relationship, there is no way I could begin to fathom this as a healthy D/s TPE relationship. I really don't think I could classify Anders as sane and to call him controlling (even for a dom) is an understatement. He is sadistic to his very core and I never once felt a hint of love towards Maia; just smug satisfaction in knowing that he owned her.
4) This book (as another review mentioned) is NOT by ANY means an accurate portrayal of a good and healthy TPE relationship. It's because of stuff like this that the public views us as freaks and mentally unstable.
5) The story just got boring and repetetive. It was the same old thing, just a different day and a different punsihment. The story line just kind of disappeared and it became a long line of punishments blurring together. I got half way through and couldn't even finish it. I skipped to the last couple of chapters and quickly realized I hadn't missed a single thing. It seems as though a lot of it was written just to make the book longer.

This book was a huge waste of money and I would not recommend it to anyone.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Zootsuit on June 10, 2010
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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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