The Right Direction by S. Dora
Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5
“The Right Direction” is a sequel to “Facing the Truth” by the same author. In the first book, Tom and Isaac came to terms, albeit reluctantly on Isaac’s part, with their mutual desire to explore a D/s BDSM relationship. In this follow-on, the two are preparing to spend an entire weekend in play, with young Tom wearing the much-older Isaac’s collar the whole time. Isaac has purchased some new toys, and he’s very much looking forward to trying them out on Tom.
The weekend starts on Friday night, with a little training for Tom, who is eager but inexperienced as a submissive. Since Isaac has no experience as a master, it’s a challenge for him to stay one step ahead of his sub and remain in control, yet still be attentive to Tom’s unknown limits. By Saturday he’s ready to give Tom a taste of the new flogger and cane. The sub clearly has a taste for pain, but how much can he take?
In a way, this very short book of just 48 pages could be seen as a primer for beginner Doms. Told from Isaac’s point of view, we get a lot of insight into his thoughts, his fears of hurting Tom, and his own excitement at what he’s doing. The problem is, most of this is revealed through the author telling us this, rather than showing us through Isaac’s actions. Granted it’s difficult to easily demonstrate emotions through actions, but unfortunately it all comes out rather stilted. Even much of the dialog comes across as a bit too pedantic. The author does occasionally demonstrate a good ear for Tom’s voice, but then sometimes he comes across as too mature for a twenty-something.
Facing the Truth by S. Dora
Story rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink) rating: 4 out of 5
Tom and Isaac have been together for a couple of years. It’s a May – December romance, with Tom in his early twenties and Isaac pushing forty. It was Tom who pursued Isaac, but the older man would do almost anything to please his lover. Isaac isn’t particularly adventurous in the bedroom. For him, having a hot young boyfriend is more than he ever dreamed about. So when Tom asks Isaac to dominate him one weekend, Isaac has misgivings. He’s never had any fantasies about being a Dominant, but Tom wants to try being a submissive and Isaac wants to make his lover happy.
The weekend turns out to be an eye-opener for both of them. Isaac gets an unexpected rush from dominating his young lover, while Tom is much more turned on by it all than he wants to let on. Tom likes being restrained, and when Isaac spanks him, it seems Tom turns into a little bit of a pain slut, not exactly begging for it, but enjoying it nonetheless.
Despite the thrills, in the cool morning light there are concerns about what they’ve experienced. Tom is worried that he’s pushed his lover too far out of his comfort zone, while Isaac wonders if Tom will want to leave him to find a more experienced Dom who can help him explore his submissive urges.
This is a rather sweet, very short novella. The initial scene, which takes up a little more than half the book, is hot and richly detailed. It’s rather vanilla BDSM, but it fits what beginners would do as they’re just trying things out. There’s a bit of fumbling, with neither Dom nor sub staying entirely within their roles, but it all feels natural.