When TV commercial production coordinator Meg Curtis gets stood up by her longtime boyfriend, she vents her frustration by feverishly writing in a diary.
At a time when she is unsure about all things romantic, she encounters fifth grade teacher Regina Baker at yoga class, a free-spirited single mom who is beautiful, playful, and impossibly intriguing. What starts as friendship, turns sharply toward something more as they learn they each share a love for very dark and unconventional sensual expression. Shocked, yet thrilled by the intense level of Regina's erotic desire, Meg explores her own deep-seated desires that have been locked away in the shadows her whole life.
Erotic, amusing, and profoundly romantic, Owning Regina is a tale that will awaken you, possess you, and transport you to a reality that steams with passion and vulnerability. This book is intended for mature audiences.
"I would recommend this book to anyone who wants more than a cheap thrill out of their reading, to anyone who enjoys seeing positive, realistic, and consensual depictions of kink in writing, and to anyone who wants to understand what kink is - what kink really is." (Lily Zheng,
The Stanford Daily)
"All in all, Owning Regina is a strikingly sexy book that I recommend to anyone curious about BDSM. Owning Regina can easily be devoured in one sitting - as the days in Meg's life go on, there is an urgency for more and Elstrom does not hold back with her delivery. Having taken my first bite into a BDSM fiction featuring two female lovers has opened my mind to endless possibilities outside the lines of a vanilla romance. Aside from the swift declaration of love in a short passage of time (I often find these storylines unrealistic and stereotypical), I found Owning Regina to be a very fun read!" (Danielle - The Lesbrary)
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Fairly good read, but not a guide at all.
The main thing I'd change is the unsafe nature of the play. Though I got the impression this is a true story maybe with just the names changed. If so they are playing horribly unsafely. In particular the bondage play. They practice fairly severe bondage, including gags and then she leaves Regina alone. Might be a subs fantasy, but is incredibly dangerous. And for that reason I hate seeing it in books that people might read and thing this is an okay for of bondage play.
Yes, because the romance is quite a novel one, and some of the scenes are fairly hot. No, because of the bad aspects of play in the book, and the fact that there is a very large dull part from about half way till the three quarters mark.
Possibly, but don't recall if I have. But a good narrator I thought regardless.
I listened to it all and enjoyed it too in general. Not the best, but far from the worst. Average read for me, but others may like it a lot.
I really enjoyed some of the switch play, and you may find that Regina is actually the tougher top - I did.
I didn't like one of the scenes at all, which was the first time Regina whipped Meg. You should never whip for revenge or in anger. The scene was abuse, clear and simple, and BDSM gets enough of that thrown at it without writing scenes that show it happening.
The book does read like two novices learning together, which is fine, but because of that it is always a worry to me that readers might try these things thinking it's normal. No real talk about likes for a long period. No way to safe-word when gagged, and other issue too. So treat it as fiction please if you read it - not a how to guide.
- M. Paddon