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Monday, February 1, 2010

Roped In by Sindra van Yssel

Roped In by Sindra van Yssel
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (115 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Laera McDougal is lost in the woods when hunky Bruce Merrick finds her, but soon she’s lost in her passion as he pulls her into the world of sensual submission. He shows her desires she never knew existed in herself--desires she’s eager to have satisfied. She wants more than one hot day and night of sensual exploration, but Bruce never intended to take it further, even for someone who stirs him as much as luscious Laera.

Laera's not sure she can find someone else who will make her feel the same way. She needs Bruce to realize that it’s time to break free from of his past so that he can get the woman of his dreams all roped in.

I’m a sucker for a BDSM story – there, I said it. But recently I’ve noticed finding great stories in the genre is increasingly difficult. Instead of vamping up the power of squirm, authors choose to express themselves via the power of shock. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when a reader enjoys sexual tension, it can be a bit of a downer. So it goes without saying that when I find an author who feeds the intensity, and delivers the BDSM goods, I’ll remain a fan for life. Such is the case with new author Sindra van Yssel’s sinfully delicious Roped In.

The heroine isn’t the average damsel in distress; rather, Laera is a tough-as-nails woman who knows what she wants…even if she’s not been introduced to it yet. After losing her way in the wilderness, she finds herself in the capable hands of Bruce, a Dom who just so happens to be enjoying a weekend at the nearby Bondage Ranch. The journey from this point forward is fascinating, and the characters are both funny and endearing. As a reader who enjoys the struggle to confess submissive feelings, I found Laera’s reactions to be both honest and relatable, while Bruce’s past relationship and his inability to commit provide an obstacle to overcome in order for him and Laera to find happiness. She’s curious and excited, but understandably skeptical and wary. He wants her more than he’s willing to confess, yet he can’t seem to deny himself the pleasure of her newfound submission.

BDSM fans don’t want to miss out on this story. It’s got all the yumminess with none of the guilt. The material is tightly written, the pace never slows, and you’ll wriggle and squirm like a fish on a hook when Laera embraces her kinky side and Bruce takes control. I can’t wait to read more from Ms. Yssel in the future. This one has put her on my list of TBR authors.

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