Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5
James Monroe is a known dominant, one who needs a house cleaner three days a week. Lacey Kendrick, who just happens to be a submissive and a house cleaner, gets the job. The reader never does find out why James decides to leave a huge dildo by his nightstand when giving Lacey her introductory tour of the house. Also, what are the details of the lovely, collared woman in the photograph that mysteriously disappears from the bookcase? You’ll never know, that’s who! And the reader must suspend disbelief as to how Lacey thinks getting herself off in James’ unmade bed the first day on the job is by any stretch of the imagination a good idea.
Lacey’s main goal in life becomes earning a spanking from James:
“But now’s my chance. I can see so many opportunities to push his buttons. I know I only have to press the right one and he’ll give me the spanking I crave.
It’s a challenge this brat can’t resist, and I’m not going to stop until I’m the one who’s in control—whatever it may take.”
In the turn of a page, she goes out on a date with him, moves into his house as his sub, and is still trying to finagle a spanking out of the guy. But James now has a full-time sub and a very clean house, so he’s probably a pretty happy-go-skippy guy, with no motivation to change the status quo. He warns her to cut out the intentional bratting, issuing admonishments such as, “Woe betide you if I come back and find you’ve moved [out of position].” Being woe-betided ought to put the fear of god in any sub, right? But then Lacey earns her most severe punishment when she makes an entirely unintentional mistake, not a bratty and contrived one. Go figure…
James reveals his belief that a Dom who resorts to physical punishment is a Dom who has lost control of the situation. Little does he know, he lost control around page twenty. A can’t-sit-down-for-a-week spanking just might do the trick in reining in Lacey’s bratty attitude, as it never seems to occur to him that his other punishment methods haven’t worked. He reveals his fear that a spanking might hurt her, leaving both Lacey and the reader to cry out in frustration, “Isn’t that the point?”
This is a very short read, one you could finish in about an hour. And therein lies a problem, because the sex scenes are over in the blink of an eye. There’s no erotic build-up, or the feeling that you’re part of the encounter. There’s no time to anticipate, no time to get worked up by descriptions. But there’s plenty of bratting, cursory punishments, and of course some finger-wagging warnings from a woe-betiding Dom.
The ending called for a “Huh?”
Reviewed by Summer Sterling