Breaking Skye by Eden Bradley #Review

Breaking Skye by Eden Bradley #ReviewBreaking Skye by Eden Bradley

Series: #2 San Francisco Doms
Genres: Erotic Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on February 4, 2013
Pages: 181
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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This was my first encounter with the author’s work.  I’ve seen posts and reviews and wanted to try her work.  This was a perfect story for that purpose.  It’s a shorter story that still manages to share a hot, sensual, heartwarming story.

Skye wants to explore the world of BDSM.  She has had images and ideas since her teens and they get her hot and bothered.  She doesn’t see herself as a true submissive and she very much needs her control, but yet…

And that is what leads her to contact an on-line BDSM group and arrange contact with a Dom who trains submissives.  She does her homework and conducts her investigation.  Now it is time to meet Adam Dunne.  One look of the confident, attractive man striding toward her in the coffee shop and Skye knows that things just got real- really fast.

Adam meets with Skye and learns much about her from what she shared through their earlier e-mail contacts and the encounter at the coffee shop.  She claims to not be submissive and that she only wants to get whatever she is feeling out of her system.  But she is denying her true self.  He doesn’t doubt she needs her control and her distance for whatever reason.  He does, too.  This is why he never gets involve with the submissives that he trains.

Their first night of play rattles them both.  Skye learns that a one and done will not work and Adam learns that breaking through Skye’s walls and gaining her trust may very well break his own control.  Do they fight what is going on between them or accept?

The story is short (half of my edition was intros to other books) and probably needed some more page time to be completely satisfying.  But, for the page count, it did a good job of introducing and developing the characters and beginning to develop their relationship through their scenes and their outside world developing friendship.  It was definitely rushed from the point of the big conflict to the end and that was somewhat disappointing, but it did cover the major points, nonetheless.

The BDSM elements were treated with knowledge and felt right.  Adam’s Dom side was sadistic, but caring of his sub.  He was patient and allowed for a learning curve when it came to Skye.  I liked seeing that.  He earned her trust and didn’t abuse it.  Skye was pretty much sent reeling by what she discovered about herself through their play and even the days between sessions when they drew close and earned each other’s respect and appreciation.  They, as a couple, were believable and I enjoyed their hot, sensual sessions.  I just wish it hadn’t been so rushed to the end.

In summary, I liked my first encounter with the author and would definitely read more of her work.  She handled her BDSM world well.  I would recommend this for those who are looking for a quick one-sitting read with mild to moderate BDSM elements and well-drawn characters.

Challenges Met:

Romance Roundabout #165 ER
Mt. TBR #67
New to Me #70

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Shorter books if done right and the reader is left satisfied, are fine with me. Sounds like a good read.

    • Sometimes a short read that can be finished in one-sitting hits the spot. This one was developed enough to get the reader into it, but it moved along swiftly enough that even a slower reader could finish in a day. And do a little squirming over the heat. 😉

  • This does sound like a pretty interesting story. I love reading stories about people just getting into BDSM. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yes, it’s fascinating when you get how a person figures out they belong in the BDSM community and their first experiences.

  • That’s always a thing I am afraid of with short stories that they feel to rushed, but this seems to be handled pretty well even if it was a bit rushed surrounding the conflict at the end. I like the sound fo the set-up with how Skye is curious about BDSM and wants to give it a try and how Adam becomes her dom and they both get more than they expected. Sounds like the whole BDSM aspect is handled well too with enough trust and care. And those shorter reads can be great if you’re in the mood for that.

    • Yes, short reads are a gamble that the author will be able to develop the story enough for the short page count. This one was doing fine until right there in the end and it wasn’t badly rushed, but it was quick right after the conflict and I wanted a little time for the dust to settle.
      The BDSM was handled well and I’m picky about that. I don’t read BDSM romances often, but I like it to not just be about the heat and should be an actual relationship being established.

      Exactly, sometimes I’m just in the mood for something short. 🙂