Maid For Master
Ellora’s Cave [link to buy]
Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
Maid for the Master by Nina Pierce is a short story, and while entertaining, might have been better as a bit longer book.
Our heroine, Claire has had a number of bad relationships, her latest being the end of her engagement to her fiance of two years just before they were to go to an erotic resort for the weekend. Her brother’s best friend, Jonathan, talks her into going on the trip anyway, with him as escort. Although younger than Claire, Jon has been in love with her for years. She only sees him as her younger brother’s friend.
At the resort we learn that Jon grew up long ago and is the owner of several fetish resorts, including this one, and is known as Master Xavier. He hopes to use the weekend to show Claire that not only is he an adult who can give her what she needs in a relationship, but also to help her learn about her submissive nature.
Claire’s bad relationships are not really explained, and we aren’t given a reason why Jason didn’t step in years ago. There is some bondage, a little very light BDSM, but most of the story revolves around the emotions Jason has for Claire, and the resolution of their relationship.
A good read, but leaves the reader itching to fill in the details.
Reviewed by Karen
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INVITATION TO ECSTASY
Ellora’s Cave [link to book]
Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
‘Invitation to Ecstasy’ is the second story in Nina Pierce’s Ecstasy Resorts Series. As a first time reader of Nina Pierce, I had no idea what to expect but came away from my reading experience thoroughly satisfied. The story is set at the XTC Resort a retreat style resort that caters to Doms and subs looking to get away for unrestricted BDSM training and play activities.
The story revolves around Sara Lancaster, a submissive who has a history of abuse at the hand of her previous Dom and Derek Thomas, a Dom who has come to doubt his own abilities as a Master after making an error of judgement during a play session with a sub. Both characters have their own demons to face and the weekend at the XTC Resort is their chance to do it. When Sara and Derek are paired together as play partners for the weekend by their friend and resort owner Ethan, the attraction between them is immediate. Once they go into the private dungeon for a play session the heat and desire between them builds to a flashpoint that exposes both of their weaknesses and sets the scene for the ultimate journey into trust and overcoming their individual fears.
The BDSM scenes are superbly written, but do not overshadow the storyline of two people seeking more than just a physical union. The scenes are used to compliment each characters personal journey and I particularly liked the author’s use traditional BDSM practices in non traditional ways. The use of inflicted pain within one play scenes as a catalyst for the release of the emotion pain of Sara is cleverly constructed by the author. Derek uses the safe word during the initial dungeon scene with Sara after he realizes she has emotionally check out on him and Sara’s resistance to completely submitting to Derek is triggered via the use of a word most women would view as a compliment, but for Sara the word has been perverted in her mind through by her previously abusive Dom.