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As She's Told Paperback – December 17, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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?
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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