- File Size: 4825 KB
- Print Length: 176 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 194713924X
- Publisher: NineStar Press (June 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072MH8X9H
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jaya's possessive tendencies--or rather, how she exhibits them outside the realm of the scene--are really not good at all. I was happy that much of the conflict between her and Sarah was caused by Sarah recognizing this and telling Jaya she needs her own independence. Still, I wonder if as time goes by Jaya will realize she needs to be less...well, dominant. It's not that she wants to control Sarah so much as that she seems to want everything in Sarah's life to be about her. It's a little worrying.
But I did like the fact that this book was from the POV of a femdom. I love dominant women, and Jaya's mantra of "I need. I want" really says it all--she's all about herself in some ways but her desire for Sarah is overwhelming and controls her as much as she seems to be in control, and she's desperate for pleasure, for control, for relief. Her need for catharsis is evident in many of her scenes, as well as in her free time activity of martial arts.
And I also love that Jaya is able to relinquish a measure of her treasured control and dominance to Sarah during one scene, and through the less intimate aspects of their relationship.
I do wish that this book had focused a little more on plot over sex. Admittedly I knew coming in that it was erotica and it was the fact that this book had a femdom in an f/f relationship that drew me in. But Jaya's past seems very interesting--mob ties, dangerous associations and shallow love affairs all tangled up together--and while it becomes essential towards the end, I still wanted to see more. And I wanted to see Jaya reveal more of herself (her past, her secrets) to Sarah, the parts of herself that aren't just about sex! Because for Jaya, sex is less intimate than sharing a painting or a simple conversation about nonsexual feelings in some ways, and I worry that sometimes she pushes for sex to avoid intimacy even while she seeks it.
Anyways. Good book, good characters. Would recommend if you like f/f and BDSM.
Jaya and Sarah drove me nuts, but their relationship was genuine. Brenda wrote an amazing book that was tantalizing, sexy, and romantic.
Jaya and Sarah were strong heroines who we could relate to, even if the lifestyle wasn't something we ourselves would engage in. Regardless of whether you're into BDSM or not, please read this book.
And a note, she wrote Jaya well. As a black woman, I appreciated her character!
Although Jaya chooses to go to Rowan House, knowing that she will be able to satisfy her desire of sexual domination over another woman or women, she also finds that her heart and soul perhaps need more after she has chosen Sarah. Sarah not only gives Jaya pleasure through her pain, but challenges Jaya's own personal desire for pleasure by domination. When Jaya asks Sarah to leave Rowan House with her and is denied, she closes herself off and goes back to making some of the same past mistakes with Deidre. A chance encounter six years later with Sarah has Jaya still feeling drawn to the woman, and trying to convince her that she means more to her than just being a submissive.
Whether Murphy intends it or not, I think the book challenges that part within ourselves to question just what are we willing to give of ourselves to be with someone, for that one chance of a true connection. We are the sum of our whole being...mind, body, spirit. Our desires, our wants, our needs. Can we let go enough to give to another, as much as we take to fill ourselves? Are two people the sum of the whole? Brenda Murphy writes with conviction and understanding, making a totally enjoyable reading experience. Do not discount this book even if BDSM is not in your comfort zone. Sum of the Whole is much more. I received this copy with only the request for an honest review.