Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5
Jennifer is a woman who has done everything that’s been expected of her. She married the right guy. She is a good wife. She likes sex. But she’s not content. A chance spank on the ass by her husband’s colleague causes an overreaction that leads to Jennifer doing the one thing she hasn’t done much of: thinking. A series of events transpire and she discovers a way to get what she wants through the discipline of a BDSM trainer, Mark.
First of all, if you have any issues with infidelity, this may not be the book for you. Though Jennifer and Mark are not sexually involved in the conventional sense, I see her involvement in BDSM play without discussing it with her husband, David, to be a betrayal. However, that’s a moral judgment I brought with me to the book and you may not have the same hang up. Secondly, there are point of view shifts, lots of telling and some other editing issues that may affect your enjoyment of the book.
Onto what is good about this book. The play scenes are extremely well done and Mark’s explanations and encouragement for Jennifer’s scenes are perfectly executed. The details are hot and make up for some shortfalls of the rest of the book. There were times that Mark’s discipline and sensation play with Jennifer felt…detached, almost clinical. That may have been deliberate. It certainly kept the distance between the two characters. Jennifer’s internal dialogue was very intense, but the external dialogue (with the exception of Mark’s) was hard to believe. This story read like it had been written in first person originally. The sex scenes are what make this book readable.
The story isn’t resolved at the end of the book and there’s hope, I suppose, for Jennifer to possibly fall for Mark. But since the emotional involvement between the two of them never seemed to materialize, I’m not sure how that would play out. There are flashes of Mark’s POV, but they are very few.
I’ll be totally honest. The book is listed at Smashwords for $4.59 and I’m not sure I’d pay that much for the next installment. The story is a mixture of great sex scenes, great play scenes, but a lack of emotional connection between the characters. I’m told about Jennifer’s feelings for David, her friend Cleo and Mark, her BDSM trainer, but the scenes where they interact don’t convince me. But I’m a writer, so things like that might bother me more than they will you.
Overall, I’m ambivalent about whether I would read this author again. I would like to see what happens to Jennifer, but I’m not sure I can get beyond some of the other things I’ve mentioned to read the next book.
Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland