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Wow, just wow! First, let me say that at the time of this review this book is under $4 for a full length book! Then let me say, I would have gladly paid $30 for it!
I will warn you, this IS erotica, the entire book was a dance of emotionally charged getting to know you hot hot hot graphic graphic graphic steam! This book is mostly from the viewpoint of the female Dom Mistress Violet. The author lets you into the Dom's head in what she is thinking and feeling while trying to break in a new sub, Mackenzie. Mac is not a typical sub...he's all alpha male hard ass cop...but he is wired to want to be controlled in the bedroom. He knows in his heart he is a sub, but no Mistress has ever fully broken him and he has never willingly surrendered.
Seeing into the mindset of a Dom was fascinating. Watching this story unfold was riveting! I did feel that the narrator took too many diction lessons...a bit curt with her enunciations but it didn't detract from the story too much. Listening to how a Dom/sub relationship is forged was really enlightening and entertaining. If you like erotica even a little then this should be an automatic download for you. There was passion, chemistry, hot scenes, a murder mystery, and a keep you guessing till the end plot. It had me at minute one! Just hit add to cart!
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I've read a few BDSM books, but never one that explained it to the degree that this one does. What intrigued me was that the sub was an alpha male, and you don't read about that often. While it did get pretty intense at times, namely on the weekend trip they take, which kind of caught me off guard and I needed to adjust to, it mostly is just really captivating and powerful. Mac doesn't know how to completely let go and allow himself to be vulnerable, even though deep down that is all he really wants. Violet wants nothing more than to form a complete and all-encompassing bond with the right person, where all the walls are down and there is nothing but complete trust and love. Sometimes it feels like she pushed him too far even though she was never violent with him, ahem, the weekend trip, but she clearly gives him the option time and again to say 'no', which is actually the battle she is waging with him, to accept that it is okay to say no, and in the end he is really thankful to her for tearing down his walls. I guess I just feel embarressed for him, even though he doesn't exhibit any signs of regret or embarressment himself. His biggest challenge is to accept that there are boundaries and that does not make you weak; it actually makes you strong to be able to voice them and to trust that your partner will still love you and see your strength. Really Violet fought so hard for this because she saw the danger in never expressing a need to stop; that you can be pushed too far and she feared for him that he wouldn't ever use a safe word. I guess in that light I can understand why she goes to the extremes that she does, knowing that she isn't hurting him, but only helping him, and that he is so incredibly stubborn that he never would have given in to his true desires otherwise. The firt half of the book focuses on the relationship between Violet and Mac, and the second half is more about the criminal case Mac is investigating. The ending- I kind of thought it was who it was, but I wasn't certain. It is definitely one of those books that you think you have figured out, but there are just so many options for the villain. There is great commentary on the lifestyle itself as well, and how the world, as a whole, views and misconceives it. Overall, a great and passionate foray into the BDSM world without feeling like events and scenes happen for the thrill and shock value, though at times I'll admit I was a bit shocked. It's intense, but if you keep an open mind, not think about if you would do it, but why the characters do and what it means in their lives, then I think you will find it is worth a listen.
Maxine Mitchell did a geat job with the delivery of the story.
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