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- File size : 3682 KB
- ASIN : B009OUY24W
- Publication date : October 10, 2012
- Print length : 301 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Blushing Books (October 10, 2012)
- Language: : English
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- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #96,735 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
Reader be ware there is a lot that is dedicated to anal play and enemas (I do not have anything against it and can be very erotic) I didn't find this to be the case with this book
I am not impressed with this author's idea of BDSM. At one point the Dominant, who is a stranger and this was his first time engaging in anything with this submissive, tells her "This is BDSM Kelly, so I get to say what we do, not you. And I want you securely tied down for my peace of mind, not yours. So, what'll it be? Do I take you home, or do we continue?"
This is not BDSM that is coercion, he didn't even ask her what her hard limits were.
I know this is a work of fiction, but this is why so many people are confused about what BDSM is and what it is not. As an experienced dominant he wouldn't even think about scening with her untill t
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Jim is 35 and has been in the BDSM scene for a number of years, he and Kyle are detectives and they are both regulars at the same club. Jim's style of dominance is very strict, he has some medical knowledge and he is very professional about taking over someone else's sub and takes his role as a Dom very seriously.
Kelly has been with Kyle as his weekend sub for about a year when he meets someone he is more serious about, she has seen Jim in the club but was a bit afraid of him because he always looks so stern and unforgiving and most of his subs end up in tears. Kelly has had a very difficult upbringing and was with a horrifically abusive Dom for 8yrs whom she escaped from after needing hospital treatment because of his abuse. Because of her past Kelly's responses to domination are alternately bratty, fearful and emotional and Jim will have to work out how to handle her.
This tale brilliantly portrays the enormous responsibility entailed in being a Dom, the anticipating the sub's needs, seeing past the emotional outcrys to the crux of the matter and trying to maintain consistancy. Also, getting it wrong and dealing with the outcome. Overall, caring enough to set boundaries and be strict about keeping them. As a reader I felt I was in very safe hands with Jim, he was the perfect match for Kelly as she was just so lost in life and it seemed she was dependent as opposed to independent.
The story really takes a thrilling twist when Kelly's past catches up with her and she needs Jim more than ever.
I was a bit concerned that Kelly was 'passed over' to Jim so quickly, that this wasn't discussed with her beforehand and that she allowed her 'new' dom to take control without really knowing anything about him and whilst she was already fearful of him. Yes, it's nice to be edgy but I did think Kelly was treated as an object on this occasion and tried to justify it in my mind that perhaps Kyle just knew that this was the best way to handle her.
There is a lot of rectal discussion and some medical examinations, including enemas, there is a reason for this which becomes apparent in the story. This is a bdsm novel so expect the usual restraints and discipline, there isn't a lot of sex and I didn't find too much eroticism either but that didn't spoil my enjoyment of the novel as I thought it was thought provoking and interesting.
I have to agree with the other reviewer when she said that Kelly seem to have been passed over to another Dom to easily and to quickly. Also there is no way any Dom would've treated a woman like that, in a police station of all places with everyone to see what was happening, without the Dom being arrested for assult!!! Their lifestyle is private and not many people would know what they got up to on their off hours so it would've looked very bad for the Dom to behave in such a way and get away with it. To top it off, There is no way 'Mike' would've turn up with the pizza knowing full well Kelly had police at her apartment. I mean, come on! Seriously?!!! Sorry but this was way to much on the unreal side for me. To me Kelly was no sub. She was just an attention seeking brat bringing on the tears at a flick of a switch to get what she wanted and had no respect for her Dom what so ever.
Think I will stick to authors like Cherise Sinclair and Cooper McKenzie from now on.
The 1 star is for the decent length of the book. Shame it didn't have a decent storyline to go with it.