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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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I realise this fiction, but I had an issue with some of the BDSM practices, especially due to the fact than the main character was supposedly a trained professional domme. All in all this was a wonderful ‘fictional’ account of a female top and her submissive lover.
I received a copy of this short story in exchange for an honest review.
Katrina was heartbroken when she was dumped by her submissive, Tom, for a vanilla woman. So when he turns up on her doorstep months later wanting a second chance, Katrina is understandably wary. The professional Dominatrix comes up with a series of tests for Tom to prove that he really loves her and is serious about their relationship this time. Can Tom prove to his Mistress that he really is back for good?
The book only takes place over a few days, so we only get a quick glimpse into the characters lives and relationship, but I still felt connected to them. The story is told entirely from Katrina's point of view so I felt especially connected to her. The chemistry between Katrina and Tom is sizzling, they were so hot together. This is a fun, sexy short story that receives four out of five stars.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.
At its core, this is a HEA femdom love story... but with a twist. Katrina, a self-proclaimed domme, is moping around trying to recover from a break-up with her sub Tom, with whom she is still in love many months later. When the doorbell rings one night she assumes it is a door-to-door canvasser, but peeking out the window she discovers it is her ex. Not in the mood for whatever he has to say to her, she doesn't answer the door. Surprisingly assertive for a submissive, Tom persists and calls out to her through the door telling her he knows she's in there because her car is in the driveway, and he can see the television is on through the curtains.
To avoid unwanted attention from nosy neighbors, Katrina lets him in to state his case. It turns out that he wants to patch things up with her. Tom admits to Katrina that he had a sort of identity crisis and tried to revert to a vanilla lifestyle, but to no avail - he finally realized his mistake and how much he loves her. Hurt and angry, but still smitten with her errant lover, Katrina instructs him to return the following night and expect to be tasked to prove his worthiness. The remainder of the story primarily involves the testing Tom endures to regain her trust and let Katrina exact a degree of revenge for the hurt she suffered.
When you read a lot of kinky books in which the principal characters engage in some form of power play or sexual activity relatively soon into the story, it almost seems like something is missing when an author chooses to defer instant gratification in favor of developing that element of the story at a more realistic pace. Fortunately, in this case, when Ms. Felthouse finally deems it's time for the kink to kick in, she does it spectacularly. Only the most jaded and hardcore BDSM junkie would be disappointed by the pleasure-pain and humiliation scenes that grace the latter pages of Testing Tom.
I try not to be too persnickety about inconsequential features of a story that don't resonate with me because I realize readers' sensibilities vary greatly. Although I was put off a bit by the narrative's middle class British tone because my own sensibilities are borderline-effete American, I enjoyed the book despite that minor disconnect. I have no compunction recommending Testing Tom to any fan of femdom, or to any reader who wants to sample the genre.
Reviewed by Jim Lyon
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