Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5
Compared to the rest of her poly family, Jessie Chambers—“sunni” to the local BDSM community—needs to grow up. While her serious sister slave, sage, struggles through college, their master, Sir Rune, insists that sunni needs a job. sunni finds a position at the local goth/kink store, The Fringe Element, and is immediately embraced by its quirky owner.
Things start to get complicated when sunni’s ex tracks her down, claiming he’s found God wants to be together again, and a video of sunni and Sir Rune doing a dramatic scene at the Keyhole ends up on television. sunni must find a way to restore her relationships, keep her master from being deported, take over running the store, and stop everyone else from trying to “save sunni.”
Saving Sunni is the second book in the keyhole series and I highly, highly recommend reading Becoming Sage before reading Saving Sunni! You will not be disappointed with either story as you get an inside look at the beginnings of a triad/poly relationship.
Sir Rune has decided it’s time for sunni to find a job. Even though sunni doesn’t feel like she has any real skills, she gets a job at a local store that fits her perfectly. As sunni grows up, her responsibilities around the house and at work begin to grow as well.
The problems arise when sunni’s ex-husband begins to make his presence known. More problems arise when video is leaked to the media of an edgy scene between Sir Rune and sunni. Now, sunni feels the need to help everyone while everyone else is trying to save sunni and as you can guess, things get rather heated.
The keyhole series is very passionate with a lot of great BDSM elements. Sir Rune, sunni, and sage share a rather complicated relationship that requires more communication than most. This series has its erotic moments, but puts a lot of focus on the characters and the psychology behind them. Saving Sunni is also refreshing in that it touches a lot on the feelings and issues that arise from having a life outside of the household. While the family has their rituals, it is nice to read a realistic story that shows that some days all you want to do is curl up and watch a movie – it’s not all about sex.
Reviewed by Star
Story rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 5 out of 5
With a failed marriage behind her, Jill Marten was looking to start a new chapter in her life. She had no idea that running into her old friend, Jessie, would unlock a whole new world. When she accepts Jessie’s invitation to a party, in order to “try something completely different,” it awakens a need to discover her place in a new community. Jessie, also known as sunni, is a submissive slave who is in a loving relationship with her Master, Sir Rune. When Rune and sunni ask Jill to be a part of their family, Jill begins her journey into submission, bondage,and polyamory, even as she questions everything that she has been taught about love and relationships. She begins to face her own desires and fears as she struggles with feelings of jealousy, inadequacy, and self-worth. Once she opens the door to a life she never imagined, a peek through the keyhole is no longer enough, and she must learn what it means to become sage.
Kasi Alexander’s debut novel, Becoming sage, is the first installment in The Keyhole Series. An active member of the BDSM community, Kasi brings a true-to-life realism to her writing. This is not traditional erotica, but the series offers an intimate look into the lives of the men and women who live the BDSM lifestyle, in particular, the Master/slave dynamic.
When I was offered the chance to read Becoming Sage, I was very excited. I seldom find novel length stories that do a good job with Male/female/female poly relationships. Becoming Sage is a fantastic start to the Keyhole series and I can’t wait for book two.
Jill has recently gotten out of her marriage and run into an old friend, Jessie. Jessie introduces Jill to her different lifestyle and Jill, while apprehensive, takes to it like a fish to water! She naturally wants to please and when presented to her, she is willing to try being part of a bigger relationship. Now, the poly relationship was presented by Jessie, also known as sunni. But, I think we have all experienced times when we thought we wanted something, but the reality is very different from what we imagined.
Rune and sunni open Jill’s eyes to a number of new experiences. As Jill gets more and more involved, she begins to become sage. Only told from sage’s point-of-view, Becoming Sage is an in depth look at the experiences and emotions sage feels as she learns more about herself and this new lifestyle. I was hooked on sage’s emotional roller coaster from beginning to end as it reminded me a lot of myself at times.
I found it fascinating to read how sage adapted to serving Rune and having a sister in sunni. The emotional turmoil that all three of them are faced with is intense and will grip a reader from beginning to end. Becoming Sage has it’s erotic moments, but for me I enjoyed the emotional and psychological components of this story more than anything else.
I think that Becoming Sage is a great story for anyone interested in BDSM, poly relationship or not. This story gives it’s reader’s a wonderful feel for the confusion, wonder, awe, and fear of delving into an alternative relationship.
Reviewed by Star
Jessie Chambers—“sunni” to the local BDSM community—needs to grow up. Her master, Sir Rune, has told her to get a job. Her sister slave sage is struggling through college, serious as ever. sunni goes to the local goth/kink store, The Fringe Element, and is immediately embraced by its quirky owner as the newest member of her “little family.” But almost immediately things start to get complicated. sunni’s ex shows up, claiming he’s found God and that God wants them to get back together. A video of sunni and Sir Rune doing a scene at the club winds up on television and all kinds of trouble ensues. sunni must figure out a way to restore her relationships, keep her master from getting deported, take over running the store, and stop everybody else from trying to “save sunni.”