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Friday, August 28, 2009

Dream Machine by Jayne Rylon

Dream Machine by Jayne Rylon
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (191 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Mild Spanking, Light BDSM, Voyeurism, Anal Sex
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Gillyflower

The best dreams are made of naughty and spice.

Rebecca Williams is about to achieve her goal of graduating from a prestigious university and winning a coveted spot in her mentor’s cutting-edge psychology practice. She just needs one more qualification: sexual experience. She never dreamed it would come at the hands of the man she’s admired and wanted for six years. Dr. Kurt Foster.

Kurt, a brilliant psychologist in the field of sexual therapy, is a scientist to the core. Attraction and lust are nothing more than chemical reactions, in his clinical opinion. Love? It’s just a figment of the imagination born of nature’s directives. He’s on the brink of proving it with a new machine that uncovers latent desires.

In short order, Becca’s forbidden lust for her boss is exposed. As Kurt continues to enlighten her on the darker facets of her sexuality, the student unexpectedly becomes the teacher.

And suddenly Kurt is confronted with the irrefutable proof that love is so much more than a societal construction.

Warning: This book is only suitable for readers who are turned on by hot doctors engaging in sexual experiments, bondage, ménage a trois, exhibitionism, suspension, anal sex and other deviant behavior using mechanical stimulation devices they’ve invented to make your wildest dreams come true.

Problem? A repressed sex therapist. Solution? Lots and lots of hands-on training.

Drs. Kurt Foster and Rebecca Williams are well drawn, likeable and sympathetic characters, each of whom has overcome past struggles to succeed professionally. Can the Dream Machine help them find the same success personally?

No quickie here, Ms. Rylon has written a long, delightfully complex story with the plot threads seamlessly woven to move the story along and keep the reader eager to read the next page. The betrayal of a close colleague sets the stage for the initiation of a scientific experiment that challenges the heart and titillates the senses.

The interaction between Kurt and Becca was delightful, as their relationship evolved from that of student-teacher to one of equals. Becca was a strong, intelligent, hard-working woman used to sacrifice and self-discipline. Her sexual awakening was like the unfolding petals of a well-tended flower; well-tended, that is, by the charismatic, sexy, no-nonsense scientist, Kurt. Recognizing her submissive tendencies did nothing to compromise Becca’s integrity, and led to fun, feisty sparring between Becca and Kurt.

Kurt, who does not believe love, is more than a chemical reaction, likewise benefits from careful nurturing he did not know he needed. These two embark on a journey accompanied by a lot of scorching heat that was integral to the story, to the relationship between the characters, and to their respective journeys of self-discovery. Kurt’s dominating personality had me panting right along with Becca, and his lab – a dominant’s perfect playroom -- was a terrific setting for lots of *hawt*, sweet, tear-your-hair-out passion.

I loved everything about this story and highly recommend it, with the exception of the setting, which felt somewhat contrived. Willing though I was, I could not suspend sufficient disbelief to accept that a research university would permit such a heavy-handed and lascivious board of directors to behave as Ms. Rylon would have us believe. The regular intrusion of this “no way” reaction was the only detraction from an otherwise steamy and charming plot, and is the only thing keeping this reviewer from finding this a 5-book read. The notion of the “experiment” might have worked better in a different context – perhaps aliens studying humans – than with a modern professor and female graduate student.

Dr. Luke Malone, the only other character with a meaningful role in this story, was attractive and likeable, and I hope we get to see his story someday. Dream Machine kept me reading late into the night and Ms. Rylon is now an autobuy for me. If you like hot sex, handsome men and feisty heroines, Dream Machine is the book for you!

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