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Friday, October 8, 2010

Internet Bonds Book 9: Terms of Surrender by Christy Poff

Internet Bonds Book 9: Terms of Surrender by Christy Poff
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Contemporary, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (246 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Violet

Noah Sheffield left England to avoid a man’s threat, his trek landing him in St. Louis by way of Harvard Law School. Establishing a successful law firm while sitting on the Federal bench, Noah’s life was perfect—except for one important thing.

Fallon Mitchell had fallen for a man online, one who gave her everything she wanted. Once they met, they knew they would be together—in every way.

But Noah’s past catches up with him and threatens Fallon. Will they accept their own terms of surrender? Or have to swear terms to someone else?

What happens when you find the love of your life and the scourge of your life finds you in the same week?

This happens to lawyer, judge, and dominant Noah Sheffield. Noah meets Fallon through scintillating online chats. Neither realize that they actually work in the same building until they meet face to face. The moment they meet, the feelings from the online chats are confirmed and the dominant has found his perfect submissive. At the same time, a crazed villain from his past is circling closer. The juxtaposition of a burgeoning BDSM relationship and lurking evil keeps your attention.

The dominant/submissive sex scenes are fabulously stimulating and frequent. The hero is tortured by trying to protect the love of his life as best he can. The heroine, although submissive, is strong in her devotion to her master and their future together. And the villain is abominably evil. The climax will hook you and keep you reading past your bedtime.

At times, I felt stronger editing would have sped the book’s tempo. For example when one of the book’s characters is in the hospital, Ms. Poff detailed the doctor’s background. One line would have been sufficient.  I also got disoriented when one character would experience a scene then we’d go back and experience it again in the other character’s mind. Although this did add to the strong feelings of these intense scenes, this needed introduction as someone remembering it. I also believe the technique of someone going back and remembering the same scene should be used sparingly, instead of so frequently. The dialogue occasionally seemed too formal, and some word choices felt awkward.

Regardless of these concerns, Ms. Poff has put together a book with great dominant / submissive play and sex. In addition there is a nasty villain with a great climax.  It definitely kept me reading.

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