European Experience: Subspace and Love on a Visit to Europe (Experiences Book 5) Kindle Edition
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As soon as I saw that Kelly and Sam see a dominatrix in this book, my first thought was "Yeah, of course they are! I'm surprised that hasn't been brought up yet!" Which is not a bad thing, mind you. I just saw it as the obvious progression of this couples relationship. If they wanted to keep getting more and more adventurous, this was definitely going to be on that path eventually. Kelly and Sam's relationship continues to be a compelling read, and I still enjoy their relationship a little more than I like the erotic sections of this series. And those are very well written, as well!
If you have been following this series up to this point, this is a no-brainer. It continues with the characters that you have come to care about, and shows even more growth in both them, and their relationship. If you are just starting on this series, however, you should definitely check out the intro to the series. It is shorter, and free! You can't go wrong with free!
Well, the cards didn't play out that way. After a party at which they became reacquainted, it was inevitable. Sam and Kelly just started talking and one thing led to another and they hit it off. Actually, they more than hit it off and they came together in a most unusual way. Sam had more than a little interest in playing sexual games (actually Bondage Dominance Sado-Masochism) and Kelly, it turned out, had more than just a passing interest in herself.
Drawn together by their mutual interest, Sam and Kelly's relationship started to grow. In a relatively short space of time, their relationship deepened to trust and beyond to love.
Kelly and Sam have been together for a time now and for her birthday Sam promised Kelly, among other things, a trip to Europe. This is the canvas upon which author Simone Freier paints the latest installment of this series, "European Experience: Subspace and Love on a Visit to Europe (Experiences)." First, though, Freier tidies up one leftover from "Birthday Experience," the preceding piece of this puzzle, Kelly and Sam's relationship with Julie. Freier does the tidying quite nicely, in a way that is likely to come up in a later offering in this series.
Tidying up finished, Kelly and Sam get ready for and take their trip. During the trip, Sam shows Kelly sites that aren't in most Fodor travel guides. The sites Sam chooses are definitely off the normal beaten tourist path and include spots that Sam had earlier shared with his late wife Margaret. Along the way, they spend time with and share intimacies with Henk/Helga, a straight man with cross-dressing on his mind and Zoe, his bi-sexual partner. The trip also finds them having more than a few mind-bending experiences.
Through it all, the one constant that has remained is their common interest in BDSM. Here's the thing about it, though, it isn't gratuitous. It takes a strong author to create a wild scene, using BDSM as the plot hook, while never letting the prop overpower the story. Freier's skill as an author shines in these scenes where it is also too easy to rely on the sexual play going on rather than showing the human side of this equation. Instead, though, the author uses her considerable skill to keep the fine balance needed to keep the story on track.
Like an artist adept at using light and shadow to enhance a painting, Freier has skillfully woven a tale that highlights the continued deepening of their commitment as it goes through all of the halting steps that relationships take as they evolve. At this point in the relationship, author Freier has it inching haltingly to a major commitment.
I suspect that an author of Freier's caliber has some interesting surprises in store for her readers in the next installment of the "Experiences" saga. It should be out soon and I am looking forward to read it.