FrankenDom by Robin L. Rotham
Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5
Dr. Rachel McBride is a brilliant surgeon, who used to work with Dr. Julian Kilmartin and Dr. Colin Carter. Rachel is recruited to help with a ground breaking surgery/research project. Part of her duties will also be as a sexual submissive to both Julian and Colin.
Readers need to be prepared to have a lot of pulse pounding moments as you read this book. I actually ended up rereading this as soon as I finished this because I enjoyed it so much. I am looking forward to reading more from this author as this is the first book of hers I have read. Granted there are some scenes that are not my cup of tea, so to speak, but they are all very intense. The author is also very careful about contract negotiations and safe words and some interesting decisions later.
The story itself is very compelling as it brings some interesting ethical issues about medical research to the table. The author shows some of the problems that researchers have trying to do research that may help others, but as Ms. Rotham points out, there are rules and reasons why. She presented an interesting dilemma those families face when a life-threatening disease or condition threatens a loved one when choices have to be made about life and death and there are differences of opinions exist. Who makes those decisions and can they be overridden by someone else and why should they be? All these arguments are discussed and have a direct bearing on the last part of the story.
Knowing the Ropes by Teresa Noelle Roberts
Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink) 4 out of 5
After hearing a speaker at Grad school talk about the difference in consensual BDSM and abuse Selene longs to learn more about the lifestyle in which she has read so much about and longs to explore. When a chance meeting brings Nick into her life Selene gets the chance to do some exploring and must find a way to deal with her own fears and demons. Just as the two begin to enjoy each other and their playtime Nick’s past rears its ugly head. Will this be the straw that breaks the two apart or can the sparks between Selene and Nick turn into something more?
This was an intriguing story about a young woman who begins to explore her sexuality and must make some hard and soul searching decisions. Selene and Nick go through so much in this book and must learn to trust not only themselves but also each other. Readers are taken on a ride along with Selene as she struggles to understand her wants and needs and also as she comes to terms with her feelings. Nick deals with his past as well as trying to deal with what may come in his future. Both characters are well written and emotions are strong in this book. While I did enjoy reading about Selene and Nick’s relationship I did not find myself getting lost in their story. Not only do the main characters have a story to tell, the secondary characters shine as well and help make this story the interesting read that it is.
Reviewed by Gabrielle
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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.