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Friday, January 13, 2012

At the Dungeon Master's Hand (Le Club d'Esclavage #1) by Jennifer Cole

At the Dungeon Master's Hand (Le Club d'Esclavage #1)
Author: Jennifer Cole
Genre: BDSM Erotic Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press, inc.
Length: 36 Pages
Buy Links: Amazon, NOOK, All Romance

3.5 of 5 Stars!

Blurb: Fantasies begin at the threshold of Le Club d'Esclavage

Natalie Buchanan has been working non-stop for six weeks. Determined to enjoy a rare weekend off, she winds up at the mysterious Le Club d'Esclavage.

Natalie had read about the bondage club, and although she'd been mildly curious about submissive pleasures, she never imagined she'd set foot inside. And now that she has, the erotic atmosphere of domination and submission sends her scrambling for the exit.
Before she can escape, she's approached by a leather-hooded, bare-chested man who whispers a deep, sultry, "You are mine..."

Warning: this title contains the following, explicit sex, graphic language, bondage, BDSM, use of sex toys, anal sex.

Kitten's Review: I have to say, that although I really enjoyed the base storyline of this book, I had a series of issues with the BDSM theme that made me sort of lift a brow and almost cringe. I really wanted to like it. I wanted to be able to slap five stars on this book and say YES! This was fantastic. I was left having to be totally honest.

First off, I loved the premise. The guy that always wanted the girl, guy owns BDSM club, guy sees girl come into in BDSM club. So what is any BDSM club owner, that doesn’t really ‘Play’ in the lifestyle to do, but pretend to be a ‘real Dom’ suit up, wear a mask, totally dominate said woman (with no safe word, no contract, just a cover charge and all the booze she can drink), and do really unsafe things to a woman that has never played in BDSM before.

Ok, so I ranted a little.

Erm, maybe I ranted a lot there.

But as someone in the lifestyle, to me there is a very fine line between writing ‘fantasy’ BDSM and writing totally unrealistic and unsafe BDSM. What drives this story is the intense connection this couple has. What ruins this story is the elements that are important to BDSM that most BDSM readers have come to know, enjoy, and it makes reading the material safe for them.

For example “Oh, he gave her a safe word and some control by telling her to use it if it goes too far. She is safe with him.” If you take out the importance it turns a potentially very enjoyable storyline and weakens it and makes it cross a line for some people.

I would have loved this book, raved even, if it just laced in some more realism for me. Because everyone knows that a girls first trip to a Bondage Club she’s not going to dive right in and say “Tie me up, spank me, own me, hump me, and give me no safety net.” But for our reading pleasure something has to move the plot along to create a great bondage scene.

Overall, I give the book 3.5 stars. I loved the idea, I just think it lacked so much that would have been achieved with a bit more research.

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