Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5
This is the third volume in a series of novels, charting the relationship between Jasper, a worldly movie director in his thirties and experienced Dominant and Sarah, a young historian and inexperienced submissive.
The first two volumes in the sequence are, His House of Submission and By His Command. It’s not necessary to have read the first two novels but they are so purely pleasurable that it will add to your enjoyment if you do so.
The author is one of my favorite authors in the erotic romance field, and most of her books have a good dose of sophisticated kink. She is a British author and her writing style is elegant, witty and literate and while this book in particular is full of sex and BDSM scenes it’s not at the expense of character development and a good plot.
Jasper and Sarah are drawn together not just by sexual attraction and a love of kink but also by a shared interest in Victoriana. In the first volume, Sarah is hired to catalogue Jasper’s extensive collection of historic artifacts and in this volume there’s a beautiful passage when she recalls her excitement at discovering Jasper’s most treasured collection of historic kinky implements;
“It had been the personal equivalent of uncovering the hoard of Tutankhamen and the golden king was Jasper.
How I had trembled, from a kind of holy fear, at what lay before me “.
Both Jasper and Sarah are very sympathetic, he is eager for commitment and all that it entails, while Sarah, a young woman at the beginning of her career, is more cautious.
I hope the author continues this series, especially as Jasper has persuaded Sarah to act with him in his next feature, which tells the story of a sadistic Victorian gentleman and his submissive maid.
Reviewed by Ariadne