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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pushing Limits by Sindra van Yssel

Bondage Ranch 2: Pushing Limits by Sindra van Yssel
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (135 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Spanking, Voyeurism, Fetish, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Samantha Grayson has been burned before by Doms, and her attempts at vanilla relationships haven’t worked for her either. She’s gotten such a reputation for being an unruly submissive that most of the dominants at Bondage Ranch won’t take her on. Arthur Marcelli is up for the challenge. But the more they play the more serious it gets, and D/s is just for a little light fun -- isn’t it?

Arthur knows that he has to treat Samantha gently. He also knows she can get a lot more out of herself if he can convince her to let her guard down. To do so he has to get her to trust him -- trust him so much, that he can start pushing her limits, one sensuous step at a time.

Trust is such a hard word. It’s easy to say, but difficult to execute. If you’re a sub looking for the right Dom, then trust is key. What do you do when you have none left? Then you’re Pushing Limits.

This review is hard to write because there is a lot going on in this shorter story. It’s sweet in spots, rough in others, and heart-wrenching. There were moments I loved the characters and others where I was a little lost. But what I have to say that’s paramount is that when a book stays with me because I’ve become emotionally involved, then it’s a powerful story. This is one of those books.

Ms. van Yssel writes the world of the Bondage Ranch well. I felt like I was really there. But unlike many BDSM books, the emphasis wasn’t on the acts so much as the emotion behind the Dom/sub relationship. If the reader wants a book that more illustrates the balance of power and emotion in a relationship, this is a good book for that.

I loved Arthur from the outset. He’s strong and overwhelming in all the ways a woman wants a powerful man. But what made him sexy to me was his regard for Sam. Yes, the domination was there, but he took into consideration her feelings and her fears. He made all other Doms look either really good—as, he’s a good example -- or really bad -- because he’s set the bar high (pardon the pun).

Sam took a little getting used to. She wants a Dom—very much so. But she’s been burned literally and figuratively by the wrong ones. I totally understood her fear and what came across as a petulant attitude. She didn’t want hurt again. Although there were times when she acted almost high school-ish in her behavior, I loved how she grew through the story to become the woman she was meant to be. Allowing herself to trust Arthur took guts and I enjoyed reading her story.

If you want a BDSM book that’s more than just erotica, then this is the book for you. I give Pushing Limits 4.5 cherries.

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