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Story of L [Kindle Edition]

Debra Hyde
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"This book has heart. Readers will be drawn into the story, immersed in Liv’s journey. The story feels real with rich description and straight-forward narrative." --Guilty Indulgence Book Club (5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries- A Definite Good Read)

Liv called her hunger The Void. She thought she knew it - and herself.
Until a night with Cassandra silenced it. And brought out something in Liv she didn't think possible: submission.

One taste of that, and Liv wanted more.

But Cassandra isn't an easy dominant. She expects Liv to earn her way into her good graces. And her demands aren't simple.

How many hurdles will Liv need to jump before she can kneel before Cassandra? Before Cassandra chooses to claim her? Just what will it take to become Cassandra's "L?" And will the outcome be all she hopes for - and needs?

Find out in a timeless tale, retold. Find out in Story of L.


"You get the sense that Debra has truly done her homework, and that she has a true passion for the characters and the lifestyle. Physically and emotionally satisfying, this is definitely a story worth exploring.♥ " --Bibary Book Lust


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About the Author

In the last decade, Debra Hyde's erotic short stories appeared in numerous major anthologies from several major publishers. Now she brings her erotic writing to Ravenous Romance with her spicy and engaging novels.Among the earliest bloggers to write about sex and culture, Debra has maintained her key weblog, Pursed Lips, since 1999. She keeps a light-hearted author web site/blog, Weaving Erotic Wonders, and writes about her experiences as an e-book author and reader at Thin Air Codex. She also dabbles in podcasts and YouTube content, keeping the erotic world primed with content. (Some of these sites may be NSFW.) Beyond her writer self, Debra is an erotic adventurer, a wife and mother, a daughter and sister, a friend to others, as well as a queer supporter, eccentric bibliophile, and confirmed New Englander. She admires the golden rule, especially when its practice keeps people in loops of karmic joy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 353 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ravenous Romance (June 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058PE13E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Erotic Love Story January 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
STORY OF L is a lesbian retelling of the erotic classic, STORY OF O, and I must say that I liked Ms. Hyde's version much more that the original. In STORY OF L, Liv is searching for a way to satisfy "The Void" she has within her. The casual kinky play she engages in at the lesbian BDSM club, Hippolyte's, is only a temporary fix for what she really craves. Liv struggles with her kinky identity. Is she happy as a switch? A bottom?

One night at the club, she meets Cassandra, a well-known Mistress who's been in the lifestyle for decades. The scene they share together is powerful; Liv has finally found the person that can satisfy her hunger.

Cassandra has long been looking for a sexual submissive (or a "darling"), but no one has met her standards yet. She wants someone to be a permanent fixture in her life as she grows older, knowing that despite her status in the community, older faces in the scene are being replaced by new ones.

When Liv learns that Cassandra is interested in her, she is ecstatic. But, she knows that Cassandra will not be an easy Mistress to please. With the help of Cassandra's assistant Reese, Liv's submission is put to the test.

I really enjoyed Liv and Cassandra's unconventional love story. The characters in this book were strong and multidimensional, including the secondary characters. The story is told from Liv's point of view, so we really get a sense of what she's thinking and feeling as she's tested. Liv is no pushover; she has her own hard limits and her own questions about Cassandra that must be answered. Even though we don't get Cassandra's prospective, we learn a lot about her. Yes, she's a hard dominant, but she also has vulnerabilities she shares with Liv.

The supporting cast was important to the story too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nearly perfect story December 13, 2011
Format:Paperback
I was not very hopeful when Debra Hyde's The Story of L arrived for review. It was suggestive of, and blatantly compared itself to the so called classic, The Story of O. The problem is that I think that `classic' is a poorly written piece of trash, and the thought of plodding through an even more poorly written copy was daunting. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. Hyde's story is infinitely better, in every way.

The book chronicles Liv's journey from free lance switch to dedicated submissive to Cassandra. Liv enjoys topping and bottoming and lives for the sensations on either side of the whip. She battles something she calls the void; a ravenous need for pain, orgasm, and hard use that threatens to swallow her whole no matter what the tops she enlists do to her. Cassandra is a grand doyen of the lesbian BDSM set. She comes upon Liv and her tops at the club and is told that Liv seeks oblivion. In the process of giving that sweet oblivion, the void collapses in on itself, never to rear its head again.

From there, the two seem to realize that they need to be together; not as top and bottom, but as dominant and submissive, Mistress and slave. Cassandra puts Liv through a series of tests to see if Liv has what it takes to be Cassandra's slave. Yet, we can't help but think, as we read, that Cassandra is being tested as much as Liv is in some way we can't put our finger on.

The story is as close to perfect as I can imagine. It's clear from the outset that we're not dealing with a fantasy version of D/s slavery; but one that feels, and could very well be, real. There's desire, struggle, triumph, despair, need, and...love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An gorgeous story with real emotional (and erotic) depth November 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Story of L is, as you might expect, a lesbian retelling of The Story of O. It's the erotic tale of Liv, a woman who is surprised to discover ultimate satisfaction through an act of submission, and Cassandra, the woman who obtains her own satisfaction through the submission of others . . . but who does not easily offer up the pleasure of her dominance.

Before you get the wrong idea, however, this is not a sex-for-the-sake-of-sex slice of erotica. This is a story with some real depth to it, one that forces us to explore our own ideas of dominance and submission, even as Liv learns about hers. It's a story of dark romance and wish-fulfillment, but definitely with a be-careful-what-you-wish-for theme.

This is a story about the intersection between fantasy and reality, and the ways in which one can accommodate the other. It's both a story of the honest demands of a true BDSM lifestyle, and the honest commitments of a lesbian relationship. You get the sense that Debra has truly done her homework, and that she has a true passion for the characters and the lifestyle. Physically and emotionally satisfying, this is definitely a story worth exploring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now an award winner! June 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
This year's lesbian erotica winner at the 24th Lambda Literary Literary Award. Asked about her win, author Debra Hyde replied, It's an honor to join the ranks of recognized authors who've earned this award over the past 24 years. It's a wonderful accolade, an unparalleled validation."
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars November 21, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Did not find any caring or love in this story
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Debra Hyde is an acquiring editor at Ravenous Romance as well as one of its novelists. Her latest title is Story of L, a lesbian update of the classic S/M novel, Story of O. She's authored four novels and countless short stories, keeps the long-running blog, Pursed Lips, and organizes the NYC reading series, Ravenous Nights. Debra writes for everyone, across the gender and orientation spectra.

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