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Thursday, February 25, 2010

South Beach Submissive by Jennifer Dunne

South Beach Submissive by Jennifer Dunne
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (117 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Alexandra Davidovitch finagles an invitation to an exclusive BDSM party, but doesn’t let on that she’s really club reviewer Sassy D, on assignment to get the goods on how the South Beach elite party in private. Then she meets fashion photographer Michael Jackman, a drop-dead gorgeous Dominant who makes her forget everything but the way she feels under his control. She’d do anything and everything for her new Master…except tell him who she is. But the only way out of exposing him in the pages of her paper is to expose herself, and either way, one of their careers will be over.

South Beach Submissive is a sultry and sexy BDSM tale that fans of the genre will swoon over. Author Jennifer Dunne has written a story that enflames your desires, builds the tension, and creates oodles of heat.

When lifestyle reporter Alexandra, AKA Sassy D, takes on a job to explore the BDSM scene, she thinks she knows what to expect. She’s read about the "D/s thing", and has a fairly good handling of how things go. So imagine her shock when she meets Michael, a dominant who brings her to her knees. A night of passion leaves her breathless, yet, as much as she longs for more, she fears Michael’s reaction when he learns the true reason she was at the exclusive gathering in the first place. Unwilling to take the chance of losing him by coming clean, she explores her passion, embraces the moment, and tries to think of a way to do her job without alienating the man of her dreams.

This is the sort of tale that keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. You are aware from the start that the relationship between a Dom and sub requires implicit trust. Without it, there is nothing. So while you revel in the heat between the characters, your stomach will clench in anticipation of what is to come. Can Michael, a renowned photographer who detests the limelight, forgive Alexandra when he discovers she’s a reporter? Will Alexandra be able to salvage her job, keep the man she desires most, and find solid ground?

The writing here is fantastic, ensuring the story moves along at a nice, steady pace. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next, and hung onto every word until the story’s completion. My very minor criticism would be that I was disappointed that the story was explored entirely through Alexandra’s POV. It doesn’t necessarily deter from the enjoyment of the material, but rather, was an observation I had while reading. As captivating as Michael appears through Alexandra’s words and eyes, I would have enjoyed some time in his head. You do get a sense of his emotions, but he’s one sexy piece of man, and I would have loved to have gotten to know him on a deeper level.

If you’re in the mood for a story that positively sizzles, South Beach Submissive is sure to hit the spot. Be sure to mark this one down on the TBR list, and have plenty of ice water handy when you prepare to take the ride.

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