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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cilla’s Master by Katherine Kingston

Cilla’s Master by Katherine Kingston
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (85 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/F, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Longtime divorcee Charles and recently widowed Cilla have been friends for years. They play together and put on BDSM demonstrations at the club they both frequent. But when their feelings for each other heat up to match the fiery sexual chemistry they generate, other issues come between them. Cilla knows Charles wants a full-time relationship, but having been married to a control freak once, she’s wary of allowing another man that much power over her, especially another who plays the Master role in the BDSM scene.

Cilla wants a family and a safer relationship with a man who’ll be her partner and lover, not a full-time Master. She challenges Charles to prove his love transcends their play. Can he leave the Master at the club and give Cilla what she needs?

Cilla’s Master is a story about second chances, accepting who and what you are, and going after what you want most. Although a BDSM themed work, the material focuses on the emotional scars that occur when you lose someone you love and are left to grapple with what you want and need most.

Cilla and Charles have a long history. In fact, Charles often joked that if his best friend hadn’t proposed to her first, he would have. Theirs is a relationship built off trust and admiration, but when Cilla’s husband passes away, everything changes. Now, Charles is ready to bridge the gap and claim her for his own. Unfortunately, Cilla is afraid of falling into the controlling pitfalls of a full-time D/s relationship and fears what a commitment between them could mean. They agree to explore a life together that is vanilla only, but will it be enough? Or will they discover that the true power of submission rests in the trust you place in another?

Cilla’s Master starts off with a sultry and unforgettable bang. The heat is incredible -- so hot it burns, in fact -- but it’s the flourishing relationship between Cilla and Charles that takes front and center. He knows he can support her and love her in a manner she deserves, while she is someone who is unsure of what she wants and is too afraid to take the risk to find out. It’s a constant give and take between them, with an ending you’ll see coming, yet, will enjoy nonetheless.

The writing is fantastic, the sex scenes sizzle, and the characters are well developed and likable. I enjoyed watching Cilla emerge from her shell and felt that Charles was the perfect hero to show her the way. Those in the mood for a blistering BDSM erotic romance should definitely place Cilla’s Master on their TBR list.

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