Addicted to Love by Kris Williams
1 out of 5 paddles
Krissy is frightened of her boyfriend Mitch. After two years living with him, their terms change as Mitch wants to own Krissy as his slave. He wants to be a Master. The first three sentences of this story caught my attention. I was hoping it was going to be good. Instead, I’m disappointed. To say I didn’t like this story is an understatement. It wasn’t the non-con or the rape or the beatings which made me dislike the book. I’ve read more sadistic books and gotten off on them. This story is a disappointment because the writer, Ms. Williams is perpetuating disgusting misconceptions of BDSM.
If this story was a BDSM fantasy story, then I might be able to accept this story and find it hot. Instead, this book is reads as a contemporary BDSM piece with a D/s and SM theme with Master and slave. This story makes a mockery of the Master and slave element. Make no mistakes, Mitch is not a Master. In the story, Ms. Williams keeps repeating Mitch is a Master and that he needs to be this cruel and brutal to show Krissy who is boss. What this shows me, is Ms. Williams’ complete lack of understanding of either D/s or Master and slave dynamics. I recommend Ms. Williams do a little more research on how a Master/slave relationship works. This story is written with lack of understanding in the BDSM lifestyle. The fact that Mitch expresses his right to beat the shit out of Krissy because he is the MASTER is a key tip off for me that this is not a BDSM friendly book. Instead, this is a BDSM hostile book. This book is a good example of a bad Dom.
Mitch’s character is domineering, not dominant. He is a bully who is a domestic violence abuser. Trying to paint him to come across as some loving Master showing his slave her rightful place offends me to no end. Krissy’s acceptance of Mitch’s abuse is not the power exchange of a D/s relationship. Instead, it is the cowering victim of an abused woman. Rather than point out each twisted BDSM concept, I will recommend once again, Ms. Williams needs a better understanding of the BDSM lifestyle. Or, perhaps Ms. Williams needs some real life experience with BDSM. As a person in the BDSM lifestyle, had I witnessed this relationship, Mitch would have immediately been banned from any BDSM club. In addition, an intervention for counseling would have taken place for Krissy.
Ms. Williams’ writing voice is fine with her showing rather than telling style. Her characters are flat and predictable. The concept of this story is something I enjoy; it is regretful that the execution was poor. I’ve read harsher and more sadistic acts in other books and enjoyed those. What it comes down to, is that in this story, Mitch meets all the false myths of a BDSM Dom characteristic yet it is presented as if these are true attributes of a Dom. This false representation I can not abide by because it too easily confuses readers who are not in the lifestyle to believe this is what a BDSM relationship will be. The erasure of the lines between fantasy and reality makes this piece a dangerous one.
This storyline seems to be confused. Is it a non consensual story or is it romance story? What makes this story more disturbing is that it is using romantic elements to make it come across as a romance story. Even the ending to the story is a happily ever after. Ms. Williams should pick one or the other. To try and combine both is not easily done. I recommend only BDSM readers to read this book as a BDSM fantasy, not a contemporary BDSM piece.
Reviewed by Book Addict