Book Review – Lured by My Master

i loved this book.

The plot is ok – woman (Cin or Allisinda)  unaware of her submissive self, Dominant (Sam) helps her realize it.   There’s some more story line with an ex, but that doesn’t really matter.

Character development is decent – Cin grows into accepting her self as submissive, which she clearly is.

Lots of sex, pretty well done.  Although you know, that is not the part of the book that really does it for me.  (i know, weird.)  i mean, i like it if there’s plenty of dominance involved.  Otherwise, i just skim it.

But the lovely part was when Sam talked about the Dominant/submissive relationship.  Here’s one part i liked:

“Pursing his lips, Sam pondered my questions for several moments. “The power exchange between Dom and sub is a glorious connection all its own. The depth of trust, honesty, and communication far exceeds that of most vanilla relationships. For me, Dominance is like blood, air, and food…it’s my sustenance. Protecting and nurturing feed me on a deeper level than I’ve ever known.”
“But don’t you achieve similar satisfaction taking care of your patients? I mean, you heal and bring new life into the world.”
“Yes, but with Dominance, I’m restoring the submissive soul. It’s far more potent than anything physical.”
Sam’s words were pretty, but they still lacked a tangible blueprint. Evidently, bewilderment marred my expression, because he continued his explanation.
“Imagine a baby bird tossed from its nest. She needs my help…craves it actually. But before I can approach her, I have to gain her trust, let her grow accustomed to my scent, my voice, and my mannerisms. After reassuring her that she’s safe, I can gently pick her up and place her in the palm of my hand. Once there, I can feel her heart racing. She’s frightened, so once more, I take my time and calm her fears.
“An unspoken comprehension exists between us. She’s placed herself in a vulnerable position; she knows I could readily squeeze my fist and shatter her bones, steal the life from her fragile form. But the ineffable beauty is that she knows I won’t. The trust she gives me is so absolute, so fucking priceless, it drives the need within both of us for me to protect, pamper, and nurture her all the more. While at the same time, I am validating the inner strength that she possesses as I teach her how to spread her wings and fly. Within the protection and cherished safety of my hands, she finds a different kind of freedom than she ever thought possible, beneath my command. Liberating a submissive is…well, it’s indescribable.”

{Excerpt From: Jenna Jacob. “Lured_by_My_Master_ARE-.” iBooks.}

i suspect that it’s rather like a Harlequin romance, totally fantasy, but still.  Sigh…

Spanking Stories (not mine)

Here’s a treat for you – some lovely spanking stories.  Hot Bottom Stories.  Maybe youall already know all about these stories by Case Wintermute.  i just stumbled on them. And they are – just lovely.

i’m working my  through the male-spanks-female ones, because they are the ones that really do it for me.  They’re super simple, minimal plot, and minimal characterization, and still, somehow, they convey so much.

And they are so-frigging-hot.  i discover i’m having to – um, you know – “relieve some tension” every day.  Which i haven’t done in ages.  Which makes it super clear that i really have a spanking fetish.  No, i mean seriously.  In case you didn’t already know that about me.

The stories have such a nice ritualistic flow.  The same instruments are used in the same order.  The spanked one is expected to hold position without squirming or clenching.  Violations, predictably, lead to extra strokes on the thighs.  The spanked one’s responses are similar across stories, the spanker’s comments are similar.  It has the rhythm of a beloved bedtime story.  Very low key.  Very kind.  Very just- what-i’d-love.

Don’t miss the link to his website, where he describes what he means by “a hard spanking.”  It was as arousing for me as his stories.  i also love that he believes in consensual spanking only.  It’s sad that the latest story is dated 2008 and i can’t find anything past then.

Anyhow.   That’s my Saturday treat for you. Try not to spend all day reading the stories. (Oh, wait, that’s advice i need to hear, not advice i need to give.) But let me know if you like them!

Sunday Check-in

And it’s Father’s Day!  So Happy Father’s Day to all the actual fathers i know, and to all the Daddy Doms too.  Happy Father’s Day to all the step-dads and the grandfathers, uncles, brothers and mentors who are stand-ins for dad.  And Happy Father’s Day to all the moms who are trying to do it all on their own.

My own dad was not actually a candidate for “” or even Adequate Father of the Year, but that bothers me much less these days than it once did.  Ok, i’m 60, yes it took a long time to get here.  And maybe it helps that he died last year…  Anyhow.

i’m in a better mood today – this week, in fact – than i had been, and have done a bit better with exercise and getting things done around the house.  Or maybe i’m in a better mood because i’m exercising and getting things done.  In any case, life is pretty sweet today.

i’ve been a little bit disappointed in the Submission series that i started reading yesterday.  It reminds me of 50 Shades – wealthy Dom, somewhat conflicted about his Domliness, takes the woman from 0 to 100 right off the bat – contracts and such, and complete surrender.  In its favor, the woman is also wealthy, and really wants to be his submissive, even though she has no idea what’s involved.

Anyhow, so it’s not great literature, but it’s not bad one-handed reading, so there’s that.  It’s a continuing saga, so i’ll probably end up spending too much money on it, but what’s a girl to do?  i have to read the end of the riveting plot – yes, there is a plot beyond “will he lower his defenses and have a loving relationship with a submissive and will she be a good enough submissive to make that happen?”

And i’m seriously looking at self-publishing platforms for my writing.  Yikes.

In other news, i see that it is my friend, Jade’s, birthday today.  Hope you’re having a fabulous day!!!  No one deserves it more than you.  images








Submission at the Tower – Book review

i just discovered Felicity Brandon.  Maybe youall have all already read her.  (Isn’t that a fun sentence?)  i’ve only read one of her books – Submission at the Tower:  The Depths of Desire. So far.

i loved it.

The Tower is a mysterious place where you can go to get trained in submission (one of my favorite fantasies.)  Janie McCluskey is invited there by a mysterious stranger.  In a scene reminiscent of Story of O, she knocks on the door and waits to be taken in.  Unlike O, she is required to consent to an audition.  i really like that she is asked for her consent more than once.

The audition has many of my favorite elements.  Lots of exposure, humiliation, spanking, and arousal.  AND she and the man who is chosen to be her guide through the experience develop an emotional connection, which is what really keeps her consenting to the experience.

It is more intense and has less plot than the Masters of the Castle series.  But Janie’s descriptions of how she feels about what she experiences feel true, at least to a submissive woman who hasn’t been there in a long time.  It’s a fun read, and it has the potential to be an introduction to characters with more depth.

Felicity Brandon has quite a few other books, and i imagine i’ll be reading more of them.