Hi, everyone! I want to thank BDSM Book Reviews for letting me stop by to talk about my latest Harmless release, A Little Harmless Fantasy. If you don’t know me, my name is Melissa Schroeder and I write from historical to futuristic and in heat levels from sensual to erotic. I am best known for my erotic Harmless series set mainly in Hawaii.
I have written a few BDSM books, but most of them involve a new to the life submissive. Part of the book is spent teaching the newbie the ropes—so to speak. But this summer I was at AAD and Heather Long asked the BDSM panel about having a submissive that was already in the life. I hadn’t written one mainly because the character hadn’t come up. I knew I had one in Maura though.
Maura made an appearance in A Little Harmless Lie-where her BDSM interest was sparked-and in A Little Harmless Fascination. I knew that she would not sit around a couple of years and wait. Maura is a geek with a very high IQ and she isn’t the type of woman who would wonder what it would be like. She of course took training with a Dom. It was interesting to see how different it was in her head as opposed to a newbie’s head. She already understood the basics, had been pushed to her limits, but now, there was the layer of having a relationship outside of the playroom. And it was an odd situation. Her two guys are already lovers. Rory and Zeke have known each other for years. And Zeke and Maura had actually had a fling. But, he isn’t a Dom. Rory is the Dom, and the added layer of kink is that Zeke likes to watch him Dominate women. As a writer, it pushed me, but I knew that a new to the life sub probably wouldn’t be able to handle that.
A Little Harmless Submission
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Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles
If you like some BDSM elements within your romantic suspense novels, then this is the one for you. A Little Harmless Submission is the compelling story of Maria, an FBI agent, and Rome, a local police officer, and their need to catch a serial murderer. I really liked the plot being a large part of the story, but I did feel the BDSM side was pushed to the background almost too much.
Maria has been sent to work with Rome to catch a murderer that targets women from local BDSM clubs. The murders are gruesome and clean of any evidence to help them catch this guy. But, Maria fits the profile and wants to use herself as bait. The only catch, she needs to learn how to be submissive rather quickly. While Rome is a well known dominant at the local BDSM club he has to give Maria credit for her idea, he doesn’t want to see her as the object for this killer. Rome is cocky, very sure of himself and about to stumble over Maria’s natural submissive side. As Rome play dominant to Maria’s submissive role, he starts to become more and more attached to her which could jeopardize their case a great deal. As Maria and Rome play their roles, they become more and more real. Maria learns what it is like to be a submissive and that it feels right to her. She wants this to be longer than it takes to catch a killer. But, can Rome commit to such a thing?
As a writer, I have always said that I am character driven. I have had a lot of authors think I am crazy, but it is the way I write. I like to dig into the person’s head, figure out why they do the things they do. So, in that respect, writing BDSM seemed like a natural fit.
I don’t live the life. I find the aspect of it so intriguing. People need BDSM in their life for different reasons and you can’t boil it all down to just the need for control, blah blah. That is a huge part of it. For me, though, how they arrive at their BDSM personality is just as interesting as the hot sex. And, in that sexual persona, the character is at their elemental best, stripped of all societies presumptions.
My first BDSM book was A Little Harmless Pleasure. I had no idea when I first started it that I would end up with a couple of switches, people who like to play both Dom and sub in the relationship. Hell, I didn’t even know what switch meant at the time. Still, as I got to know Cynthia, the heroine, a bit more, I knew she needed to grow as a person. She had never been in control of her life, never made a decision before walking away from a controlling father, and with Chris, our hero, she found that ability to express who she was. It was an enlightening experience for my first book. Watching a woman find herself, both as a person inside and outside the bedroom was so interesting to me.