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The August Book of the Month is Saving sunni by Kasi Alexander! Thanks to everyone who voted! If you haven’t read Saving sunni check it out!

http://www.amazon.com/Saving-sunni-Kasi-Alexander/dp/1936305585/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347367463&sr=1-1&keywords=saving+sunni 

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 by Kasi Alexander

http://www.amazon.com/Saving-sunni-Kasi-Alexander/dp/1936305585/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346328444&sr=1-1&keywords=saving+sunni 

ISBN-10:1936305585

ISBN-13: 978-1936305582

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

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.”

Review:

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

In case there’s anyone in America who hasn’t noticed, kink has been infiltrating mainstream culture for some time now. Sitcoms are making free use of the expression “safeword” and chances are even if you never have occasion to use it in your own life, you have a pretty good idea of what it means. With the “50 Shades of Gray” phenomenon, BDSM has exploded and is now a household word. 
 
For many people, the first question that comes to mind is: Did we learn nothing from feminism? Surely women don’t need to submit to abusive or degrading treatment anymore. We have choices now. So why do women find stories about dominance and submission (D/s) so erotic?
 
I certainly can’t explain the psychology of erotic submission, but I can assure you that it is a huge turn-on for many, many people. This is totally different than coercion, violence or abuse. Submitting to someone as a conscious choice is empowering. It can be a huge relief to put aside the responsibilities of a busy, stressful life and sink into a space where you have no control. Finding someone you can trust to that level gives you a strong sense of connection, a feeling of being appreciated, cherished, and protected. The structure of a D/s relationship takes away, at least temporarily, daily worries and insecurities. The submissive can hand over to the dominant all thoughts about how she looks and what she “should” be doing and simply relax into the role she has negotiated. Nothing reflects on her: all choices come from the dominant and she is only a tool for his pleasure. As women, we are programmed to please people, and a D/s relationship can be immensely satisfying. It may not appear so from the outside, but nothing done in the D/s space is taken for granted. Everything is (or should be) done with a focus that ensures that both parties are intensely aware of the actions and reactions of the other. Everyone has a responsibility (yes, even the submissive) to make sure their needs are known. If negotiated thoroughly, each party gets what they want out of the arrangement.
 
This might seem at odds with the concept of domination and submission. After all, doesn’t the name suggest that one person comes out on top and the other on the bottom? 
 
Yes and no. We all know of relationships where one person is dominant and the other submissive. Not all of them are practicing power exchange. As the name suggests, in order to exchange power, both parties must possess it. Each person commits their power to the pleasure, satisfaction or growth of the other. It may appear that all of the benefit goes to the dominant, but what may not be as obvious is the dominant’s obligation to consider the needs and preferences of the submissive. They must provide their partner with opportunities for satisfying and enriching experiences. Otherwise, why would anyone put themselves through the efforts that this kind of relationship requires?
 
It’s not an easy concept to wrap your head around. We are used to thinking of relationships as a kind of contest, where both parties fight to get their own way, and if you succeed at least 50% of the time, you’re doing well. We are terrified of giving away too much of our power, and in the normal world that is a perfectly justifiable fear. No one is condoning randomly submitting to strangers picked up in the produce aisle. That can be a hot fantasy, but it belongs in the realm of fiction. The erotic situations in “50 Shades” can be very intriguing, even though they might cause women to worry about the “political correctness” of wanting to be dominated.
 
The emergence of “50 Shades of Gray” and similar stories is actually a victory for women. What is feminism about, if not teaching us about our own responsibilities? We have the choice now to decide if we want to get married and have children. We can decide for ourselves what kind of relationships we want, and go out and find them. We have the responsibility to accept our sexuality and explore it, in whatever way is most satisfying to us. If the intensity of a power exchange relationship appeals to me, I want to be able to read about it and even practice it without fear of censure or labeling. Not all BDSM stories are realistic, practical, or believable. But that’s okay. As adults, we need to be able to tell the difference between fantasy and what is possible or desirable in real life. Not every woman is going to be swept off her feet by gorgeous vampires or even gorgeous billionaires. Not everyone wants a power exchange relationship. But knowing that alternative relationships are possible, and how other people manage them, is a valuable tool in determining for ourselves what we want and need out of our own, even if in the end we stick with “vanilla.”

Becoming Sage by Kasi Alexander

http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-sage-Kasi-Alexander/dp/1936305712/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340370365&sr=1-1&keywords=becoming+sage 

ISBN-10:1936305712

ISBN-13: 978-1936305711

Story rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting factor (kink): 5 out of 5

 Blurb:

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.

Review:

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

“Saving sunni” by Reggie and Kasi Alexander will be released on Tuesday, June 19 by Omnific Publishing. (www.omnificpublishing.com).
 
Blurb:

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.”