This book kept getting recommended to me so I finally gave up and bought it. In some ways it really intrigued me, but there were a few other things that after a while really started bothering me.
Julia Lyle is honored to be invited to her friends wedding where she was warned she might see some unconventional things, but to keep an open mind. When her friend takes off her clothes and kneels to accept her husband and Master’s collar, Julia about jumps up to interrupt. Dom Marcus Cavendish won’t let Julia interrupt the wedding of his friends, so he approaches her from behind and threatens to spank her if she makes a scene. While everyone else knows what is going to happen, Julia is left clueless to a world she thinks she doesn’t belong too.
After the ceremony Marcus shows Julia around and offers to introduce her to the lifestyle. This is where it got a little uncomfortable for me. I was just so confused how someone who has never taken part of this lifestyle could undress and let go so easily even if she is a natural submissive. They have one night together, but Marcus wants to see her again and lets her do the contacting.
The two then embark on a relationship where Julia does what Marcus wants, but doesn’t want a long term relationship. Marcus does too, but as a certain amount of time goes on, he realizes they have something special. Getting Julia to let go and be honest with him on her feelings though isn’t as easy as playing her body.
To be honest, the story just let me feeling blah. Mostly because of wording choices that at first I thought was a light joke, but later realized he meant the words. He would say something like “I am going to enjoy beating you.” Beating you? I take the word beating as something non-consensual, and a lot worse than just a spanking, whipping or even anything I would categorize as BDSM. It wasn’t said once, but multiple times, which left me wanting to turn around and leave Marcus in a heartbeat.
Overall Marcus is a very calm man, who enjoys BDSM to the point of controlling beyond the bedroom. He is very inventive in his punishments and freely gives them to her. More freely than I was comfortable with.
On a BDSM level, besides the wording, I would say it was Safe, Sane and Consensual. I just didn’t find I liked him or his tawse. I can’t say I disliked him, I just didn’t feel drawn to him. Julia left me feeling cold mostly. I couldn’t relate to her at all.
So while it was a well written story, it did nothing for me. Which is really disappointing since I have loved other Siearra Cartwright books.
I recommend you read this and form your own opinion. I might just have a hang up on wording that turned me off way to soon.
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