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Laura's fantasized about being a submissive for the last ten years, amassing a rare collection of BDSM books in the process. Through a friend, she's introduced to the BDSM world and taken on by Jeanne, a dominant. As a submissive, she must give herself 100%, asking no questions and denying nothing that is asked of her. Once that door is opened, as intense as it is, it's a roller coaster ride Laura never wants to leave. As a reader, all we can do is hang on.
This is an unabashed look into a version of BDSM. I have to say, though this book is technically written well, I didn't care for this story or version of BDSM at all. I'm no BDSM expert but I enjoyed "Owning Regina" by Lorelei Elstrom and "At Her Feet" by Rebekah Weatherspoon much more.
My aversion is completely personal and actually might be a positive for other readers out there so I'll tell you why I didn't care for the book.
First off, there are multiple sex partners and swapping of sex partners. Once a submissive agrees to the terms, any dominant can have their way with her, doing what they like, as long as it's at the consent of the main dominant...which occurs 99% of the time. This is not a turn on for me.
As an aside, most of the sex sessions occur with a group of people present, and when they're not actually swapping partners, the other doms are watching a sub be dominated. Both the doms and the subs heavily rely on voyeurism in their sex play.
The BDSM scenes are these marathon long torture sessions half of the time. Again, I'm no expert, but I was fatigued just reading about the endurance of these sessions. Often they would occur day after day. Does this happen? Does the body not need to recover? Would you even be able to move the following day?
This book definitely not only goes into fantasy in the respect of BDSM but also into the setting of which the story is written. Jeanne is extremely wealthy, not sure why as it's never explained, but her house is set up like a fortress, practically. There are waiting rooms, rooms to be "prepared", secret rooms, a full set of dungeon equipment, and a staff to carry out certain actions. Jeanne also has a separate property, a mansion with a lake and a full on dungeon that can accommodate a whole party of people. This might be liked by some but it made the story even more fantastical and cold for me.
As for the characters, I didn't like any of them much, least of all Jeanne and Laura. We find out that Jeanne is the head of "The Society" creating all of the rules, vetting the doms and submissives. There are hints that she genuinely likes Laura but we get no insight into her other than she doesn't want to be questioned, is always in control, and likes to be heavily involved in and the head of this BDSM world. For Laura, I found her to be kind of like a puppy dog doing whatever is asked and then, on the flip-side, being completely callous at times. Even though the story is in first person I really didn't know anything about her except that she loved pain and submitting in a sexual context. She's a "true masochist" as Jeanne calls her. I never warmed up to either character.
This is supposed to be a love story of sorts between a submissive and her dominant but that I didn't even believe. Laura gets passed around to other dominants and she even admits herself that if Jeanne didn't claim her, she could find herself going for at least some of the others. I felt more like Laura was in love with the idea of being a sub than being a sub to Jeanne. The perks of Jeanne were that she was wealthy with everything at her disposal and obviously a seasoned dominant. She SAYS she loves Jeanne but does she really?
Half way through the book, I just wanted it to end. The irony being that I followed the story all the way through to have it SUDDENLY end, abruptly. I was actually searching my ebook to see if maybe I had a bad version of the story. It couldn't just end like that, could it? It did.
So, what's good about the book? Uh, it's erotic...like on steroids. Sex scenes take up about 70% of the book (at least it felt like it). Now, you might want a shower after or feel disturbed, depending on your sensibility, but it doesn't lack erotica. It's a fantasy expressed in written form.
Some of you might read my review and think, "FANTASTIC!". lol...but, not for me. Because the book is technically written well and dislike of the book is down to personal preference I'm giving a higher rating than I normally would.