This book hit several of my “really don’t like this” triggers. One is it is part of a serial, which is different than a series. In a series, there is a definite ending. In the serial, the reader is left hanging-which is the case here. The second thing is bringing in another couple and their relationship, which has zero bearing on the plot. So Vanessa and Ben are friends of the heroine, Lydia, but if the author wants to explore their May-December relationship, she should give them their own book, not take away from Lydia’s story.
My other issue is the lack of condoms. The second couple finally use one, but most of the time people hop in and out of bed without any protection at all.
Having said all that, I really want to read the end of this story. Lydia is a violinist with the Westminster Symphony Orchestra and is madly in love with Milan, a gifted violinist who keeps getting in the way of his own career. She finally leaves him when she finds him having sex with another woman, and takes up with von Ritter, the new conductor of the orchestra. She learns he is a Dom and enjoys submitting to him, he never takes things all the way, although he gives her breath taking orgasms. Then he has the same woman who was sleeping with Milan give him a blow job and Lydia leaves him behind as well. The book ends with both men saying they want Lydia, but she is taking time away from both of them.
Where do sex and science meet? Ailish finds out the answer – and it’s yes. Yes. Yes, Sir.
Ailish’s fascination with the shadowy figure known to her friends as The Scientist leads her to discover their mutual interest in some of the lesser-travelled roads of human sexuality. So when Rod suggests she assist him in researching some of the enduring questions of kink, she is too intrigued to resist.
They work together to establish the precise truth of the axiom that the brain is the largest human sex organ. What will they conclude? Will they be able to establish, together, a science of submission? And will that research partnership lead to a more intimate relationship?
The Science of Submission is a fluff of a BDSM book that tries to sound scientific. The “experiments” don’t actually make much sense science wise, and are just an excuse for a bunch of spanking scenes. The main character Ailish meets a man her friends refer to as “The Scientist” in a bar and agrees to meet him. The very first time she is alone with him he takes her to a kinky bakery that has a dungeon connected to it. He presents her with a written contract and she signs it, agreeing to his rules, then goes to the dungeon to play with her. There he explains he wants to conduct some experiments regarding spanking on her. They do this a few times and at the end of the story he performs these “experiments” on Ailish in a public setting.
It’s unsettling when a book appears to know about BDSM such as the The Scientist having a written contract for Ailish, but then has her sign it on the first date. It doesn’t make sense and it doesn’t seem safe. This is more of a glossed over, BDSM lite book that isn’t realistic at all. It’s an ok read, but if you’re looking for some real to life BDSM, this is not it.
Meeting Her Match
Xcite Books [link to buy]
Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
In the internet age, it should be easy for like-minded fetishists to find and connect with each other. Or so Cherry thought. Her decision to enter the wild and wonderful world of BDSM leads her to some interesting and unexpected places. She soon finds herself on ‘the scene’ and her insatiable curiosity takes her to orgies, slave auctions and mansion houses full of trainee submissives, but where will she find her perfect Dom? Will Cherry ever meet her match?
I have to say that I overall I really enjoyed Meeting Her Match. It was a refreshingly modern view on meeting like-minded people. As Cherry begins to experiment in the world of BDSM, she has a lot to learn and starts her search online.
I have to admit a lot of memories came rushing back to me as I read about a few of her online meetings! When Cherry finally tries out a munch there are a lot of new emotions and ideas that she needs to come to grips with. I have to admit that these were also the two things that I had issues with in Meeting Her Match. The reason for my issues is the speed at which she jumps into ‘relationships’ with the people she meets. While I can admire jumping in with both feet, the process and her jumps just felt wrong and rushed.
Cherry ends up in good and bad relationships experience a wide variety of aspects of the BDSM lifestyle. I did like reading how Cherry enjoyed certain things and was pushing her own limits with things she wasn’t sure about. Nothing within Meeting Her Match felt extreme but there was a lot of variety within her relationships that brought the reader a better understanding of Cherry.