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- Print Length: 301 pages
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- Publisher: Blushing Books (October 10, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 10, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009OUY24W
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ETA: I've found myself rereading this book a lot, and I like it more and more each time. James's basic decency and care are appealing. Kelly is truly brave given what's happened to her. It isn't surprising that she seeks bdsm despite having had bad experiences. It's pretty much the only context in which anyone has shown her love and care. In the past, it's been followed by abandonment, so it makes sense that she now is needy AND smart enough to want to hide that neediness, given that she thinks it's what has driven away her past doms. Juggling all of these needs and emotions, and having no one to talk to about them, would surely be confusing, and I can't blame her for being or appearing inconsistent. If anything, it's James who sends out mixed signals (as he admits at one point)- she manages to confront her needs and eventually share them, to go after them, and to do so honestly. She's very likeable as a heroine. Kathryn Blake has one other novel I'm aware of in which she takes on the danger of abuse in a BDSM context. It's in the Corbins Bend collection (#1). That too is an excellent novel, IMO. In both novels, I would question the doms' belief that they know exactly what to do when they're with a submissive who has suffered abuse. In this novel, Jim's wrong, in my opinion, in insisting that she share her experience with him before she is ready to, and accusing her of lacking trust when she doesn't. Unless the situation gets dangerous and she needs to disclose the information so a crime can be prevented --& that does eventually happen in both novels, it should completely be her call when/if to tell the dom. They shouldn't expect it as proof of her loyalty to them. Here Jim wants her to disclose the details even before she comes under direct threat, and that I think is plain wrong. I will say that I've seen much worse handling of this issue in other BDSM novels, and I think Kathryn Blake does a much much much better job taking it on. Her strengths, however, are her fine skills as a novelist (in terms of dialogue, scene-setting, characterization, etc) and her ability to create truly decent, caring and intelligent doms and heroines.
Surprisingly, there was very little actual sex. The entire story takes place over about 4-5 days. The ending was a bit rushed but by then, I was ready for the HEA. If enemas are really NOT your thing you may want to avoid the book. Though they are a minute part of the book, it does happen. Maybe Amazon should have them listed in the disclaimer. Anyway, the solid 4 star read.
Jim and Kelly are two strong lead characters that create plenty of heat in this gut-wrenching emotional roller coaster. In addition to exploring the conflicted mindset of a Dom facing difficulties dealing with a bratty and recalcitrant sub, the characters are challenged by issues faced in any relationship: compatibility, past relationships and most importantly, trust and honesty.
*I was provided a copy of this book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review - all conclusions are my own responsibility.