Thursday, November 29, 2012

BDSM Challenge: Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher

Title: Bonds of Trust (Wicked Play #1)
Author:  Lynda Aicher
Source: Negalley
Genre: Contemporary BDSM
Length: Novel (approx 280 pgs)
Published by Carina Press Release Date November 26, 2012


 
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After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members' night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated…

At first, Jake McCallister thinks Cali has come to his club for the wrong reasons. But when he discovers she is seeking fulfillment after years of denial, he's intrigued—and takes it upon himself to initiate her into the pleasures she's been missing.

Her first encounter with Jake is everything Cali has always craved, and more; she's not prepared for the feelings he inspires in her. And Jake is just as surprised by his overwhelming attraction to Cali. As their play intensifies, so does their bond. Now, Jake doesn't want anyone but Cali—but is he ready to officially claim her? And will she submit to being his forever?








Straight to honesty here, I had a hard time reviewing this one. So, bare with me while I explain my 3 rating.

If I were rating the book solely on plot and, likeability of the characters it would be a hands down 5. I have a feeling that a  lot of readers will relate to Cali's plight. Jake is the quintessential man that needs to be 'fixed'. Which, we all known the ladies swoon over (Christian Grey, anyone?) Their road to happily ever after was fun to read (minus the BDSM).  I shed some tears, got angry, laughed, and smiled a whole lot while reading this one, which for me, usually makes it a great read...........

So,why the 3 stars? It comes down to the BDSM in the book.  If you read Candace Blevins' guest post on BDSM safety (if you haven't; check it out here) you get the point that while there are no 'rules',per-say, in a kink lifestyle, there are absolutely guidelines that should be followed. In Bonds of Trust our hero is supposed to be a well known and respected Dom.  With so much experience under his belt I expected him to be near faultless in his play. Yes, I know Doms are human too, and make mistakes, but there were too many inconsistencies with this 'Master Dom'. Safety issues, and disregard for hard-limits drove me insane in the first half of the book. If this were a dark-erotic  BDSM title I wouldn't have had any problems, but Bonds of Trust is supposed to fall into the 'sugar kink' category where newbies to the genre should feel comfortable. If this had been my first BDSM title I, honestly, would have been scared off. I'm not experienced in ANY of these things in real life, I'm just a reader. I don't hang out in BDSM clubs on the weekends. I don't have a closet full of paddles, canes, or bondage equipment, so if that makes me a hypocrite to criticize the author's take on BDSM, I'm sorry.  But after reading tons of books, and informative blog posts by authors active in the 'lifestyle'  I feel like I have a pretty good feel for what should and shouldn't be happening. (For a great multi-author blog that has great information on BDSM check out The Playroom)

By the seconds half of the book the club scenes had essentially diminished and I was left with a great story of two people that belonged together, but needed a push to get past their insecurities to make it happen, and I loved every minute of it. So, by now you're probably thoroughly confused, just know this; If you're looking for an emotionally charged romance pick this one up. If you're in the market for something to quench your Romance and BDSM thirst I say skip it and check out a title by Kallypso Masters, Cherise Sinclair, or Tymber Dalton.





 

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