Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5
The main characters are Nora and Charles who are a couple, alomg with Phillip, Eva and Jack. The first few chapters set up the rest of the story. We first meet Nora,Charles, Phillip and Jack at Hawthorne’s, a private club. It is Phillip, who is the master keyholder, that Nora has a bad feeling about from the start.
On one occasion Jack, who is friends with Nora and Charles, accompanies Nora to Hawthorne’s when Charles could not make it. This is where they witness first hand Phillip’s handling of subs. Jack is an artist, recently moved to NYC. A single Dom but hoping to find and share what Nora and Charles have, yet skeptical he will actually find it. He sticks to being a dedicated workaholic, almost to a fault. Nora is a sub and she is married to Charles. She is a masochist. Besides being sensitive to physical pain that sends her spiralling erotically into subspace. She is sensitive to the emotional energy others. She doesn’t like Phillip from the start. Phillip is devilishly handsome and is hiding a dark side. He seems a bit too controlling, as master keyholder and also over his treatment of the subs. During a special showing of new house subs, he treats them especially strict. It is in part of the story we as the reader find out the REAL reason for Nora’s supposed feelings about Phillip.
Eva, is found and rescued. She had been held captive by Phillip and since Jack rescued her, she decides, with his permission, to stay with him. Their relationship grows slowly. His attraction towards her is there but he never acts on it, knowing she is healing from her ordeal. As time passes Eva wants more than kindness from Jack. She makes plans to make him hers, but it backfires. Eva leaves but it doesn’t take Jack long to pursue her.
There are elements of this story I love. The D/s play from the physical to the emotional were very precise. I am glad Mrs. Thompson took time to flesh out these scenes. The idea of Blake Stanton aka Phillip was a little far fetched but for the sake of the plot it worked out.
Although I am not a fan of the M/F theme (there was mention of a hetero Dom taking on a male sub for a swap scene but no other details were given). I am a fan of great writing. I love BDSM when it is closely related to the D/s dynamic. A lot of the scenes were about spanking but the underlying tone of two people shedding their outer layer and stepping into their Dominant or submissive persona is always fascinating for me to witness.
Reviewed by Black Hippie Chick