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- Publisher: Blushing Books (October 10, 2012)
- Publication Date: October 10, 2012
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- Language: English
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A Dom's Dilemma (Unexpected Consequences Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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.
As for what I didn’t like, my biggest complaint was that their relationship moved WAY TOO FAST. Even taking into consideration that Jim had been watching Kelly at the club for three years, the fact that she scurried away from him almost every time he approached means that he didn’t know her. So for him to suggest that they spend the weekend together after only playing together once in the club surprised me. But what absolutely flabbergasted me was that she accepted. Granted, she said no at first, but before their session was over for the night she changed her mind. With everything that occurred during their session pointing at a history of abuse, Kelly agreeing to spend a weekend alone in the home of a man whose presence terrified a week ago made absolutely no sense to me. When we learn later on in the book the extent of the abuse she suffered in the past, her decision to spend the weekend with him becomes even more questionable. As if that were not bad enough, Kelly’s declaration of love coming after spending the weekend together was unbelievable and only outdone by Jim returning the sentiment and asking her to move in within a week’s time of becoming her Dom. If this had been a new adult book I may have accepted the speed with which the relationship moved (<= notice I didn’t say developed), but at 28 and 35 they are too old for such rash relationship decisions, especially for people who have been in the lifestyle as long as they had. Considering the book’s length, the storyline would have been more palatable had the author shown their relationship developing over an extended time period rather than the less than two-week period we’re given.
That said, A Dom’s Dilemma is a well-written book that will make many readers happy. This is not the first book I have read by Ms. Blake, so I know it’s not an issue with her writing style. I just didn’t enjoy A Dom’s Dilemma as much as I had hoped I would. As I have enjoyed her writing in the past I know I will read more of Ms. Blake’s work. This is one of those times where the book didn’t fit the reader (me). I recommend you download a sample and try it out for yourself – just because I didn’t love, doesn’t mean you won’t.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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A Dom's Dilemma is book Two in the 'Unexpected Consequences' series. This is the story of James Evans and Kelly Franklin.Read more