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- Print Length: 220 pages
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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (May 22, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 22, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KIZ6IPS
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A Dance with Domination (Collars & Cuffs Book 4) Kindle Edition
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This, unfortunately, falls in the later spectrum and relies too heavily on the story and emotion with little sex and hardly any BDSM along with some annoyances that I found insulting, highly offensive, and completely inaccurate and ignorant from the author.
Again, I really enjoyed and appreciated reading this story and the characters and felt their pain and vulnerability. What I didn't enjoy and found lacking was that there was hardly any sex to begin with, and what was written was REALLY tame and short-lived, and the so-called BDSM also was really tame (I've read a whole lot better, more interesting and intense stuff not to mention experienced it myself). For Andrew's character to be dominant, he doesn't really come across or feel that way, and his experience and what's show-cased is simply his work with Shibari and then basically jerking off a submissive. BIG DEAL!! NOT interesting and for his character (and the author herself) to then go on and have the nerve to talk about the differences between hetero and gay BDSM clubs and describe hetero clubs as tame is ridiculous (not to mention COMPLETELY inaccurate and untrue), especially when the story itself and the Doms, including Andrew, don't do anything interesting, intense, or different.
Furthermore, I think the author should at least do more research and actually know what she's talking about when it comes to BDSM and hetero D/s clubs because penetrative sex among other things mentioned, is definitely allowed and goes on in such clubs, and to make such definitive and misinformed comments and present them as facts even if they're in the story through a character is just completely irresponsible, inaccurate, and ignorant. If your character(s) are going to present themselves as authorities, YOU should at least have done enough research (if not having had personal experiences) to KNOW what you're talking about so that they do as well. Additionally, the BDSM community is very diverse and people no matter their gender or sexuality run the gamut in their interests and pain tolerances, and there a quite a few number of gay men and men in general who do NOT and cannot enjoy pain or sadism and masochism, while there any number of women (subs and Dommes alike) who enjoy giving and taking pain that would make a guy curl up in the fetal position, so to make these outlandish, highly offensive, and completely inaccurate statements about the differences between Dommes and women and men and hetero D/s clubs just really makes me shake my head at the irresponsibility, ignorance, sexism and discrimination being perpetuated.
I also found it offensive and sexist that she would have characters describe a group of women at a male strip club (NOT a strictly gay male club) as "hens" and to have the characters be annoyed at and act as if the women are annoying and a nuisance when I'm quite certain that this wouldn't have been described or presented as such if it had been a group of gay men hitting on them. The double-standards, chauvinism, and discrimination in that alone isn't cool, and as a female author, she should know better and not perpetuate that kind of stuff.
Finally, I find it really ridiculous and unrealistic is for a so-called well respected and exclusive club like Collars and Cuffs to not bother checking Andrew's references (not to mention maybe have him do a health/medical screening). They just seem to take his word for it, other than seeing him do a scene with Shibari. Maybe it's implied that they do, but I think it would've been more reassuring and realistic that there be some sort of scene or dialogue that shows that this occurred. Additionally, what so-called responsible club (which again if the author knew anything about BDSM clubs) allows for a member to threaten other Doms and subs?? They don't. Most clubs would have kicked out and revoked membership from a Dom/me or sub who does this from the beginning. Leo and Thomas, as owners of the club, don't seem that responsible to allow for someone like Craig to remain as a member when he clearly shows hostility and threatens people. Also, Andrew and Leo should've showed a bit more muscle around that situation, but they came across as weak.
All of what I described above is what took away from my fully enjoying this story, and I didn't at all appreciate the whole gay clubs/men are like this while straight people/women/etc. attitude and comparisons, and I found them unnecessary, divisive, highly inaccurate and offensive, as well as chauvinistic towards women.
So, yeah Andrew to me was a complete arrogant a&^. That did not change much and it made me not really like him until after what he went through (spoiler free) where he seemed to wise up a bit and get a little humility under his belt. Also, speaking from close family experience, when you leave a country at 11 and live somewhere else for a long time you are going to loose much of the Britishism's and accent and I tried to listen to the audio but it just doesn't work for me. Overall just not the book in the series for me to connect with I guess. I did finish and there were parts I really enjoyed - but overall I'm happy to be moving on.
But there's more to this story than off the charts heat and gorgeous hunks showing their wares. Andrew is also a man with a past that is preventing him from opening his heart. We meet Gareth, a young man who works at the same strip club, but whose past D/s relationship prevents him from revisiting the club he once called home.
I loved how Andrew brought a new aspect and set of experiences, imparting his skills in shibari, and I would have to say that he is one of my favourite Doms in the series.
And don't get me started on Gareth. The scene where he shows Andrew how he feels is one of the hottest I've read.
Slow burn, combined with heat and a great plot, this story was a great read.
I had issues with Gareth being shown as overreacting and making assumptions about Andrew when he saw the photo. Didn't seem logical to not at least talk. Also, if you've just been beaten, tied up and almost thrown in a river to drown, your first reaction is to call Leo? It would make more sense to call Gareth, make sure he was safe and then call the police. Or call Leo to stay with Gareth, then the police. Just sayin'.