Reluctant Muse by Victoria Blisse
Story rating: 2 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 3 out of 5
Carrie is a shy student who works in a fast food joint to make ends meet. Her boss is a bully and she meets Jamie when he stands up for her. She’s got terrible self esteem problems, but Jamie is an artist and wants to paint her naked. He’s also a dominant and he wants to play with her submissive side. Can Carrie overcome her fears and the ghosts of her past to fully give in to Jamie?
Reluctant Muse is a shorter story of about 75 pages that is a bit sweet and a bit hot. It has a little D/s play that spices things up, but it seems forced and immature – that may have to do with the age of the characters. This is a story that a little spanking and bondage that spices it up.
Carrie and Jamie are college students who meet at work. Jamie pushes Carrie in a lot of ways to help her overcome her past and self-esteem issues. Those situations work, but not that great. While sometimes we can see thatJamie cares for Carrie, the way he pushes makes him feel like more of a bully than a Dominant.
I did like Jamie’s support of Carrie and some of the ways he pushed her to overcome her fears. I had problems with Reluctant Muse when it comes to editing – names were wrong in several spots. This story also seemed disjointed at times. While it has its sexy, hot moments, the overall story just didn’t flow well for me.
Reviewed by Star