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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Divertissement by Madeleine Oh

Divertissement by Madeleine Oh
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (67 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Amaryllis

John Kent wants Ellen, not just as an incredible submissive lover,
as his wife.

But to do that, he has to convince fiercely independent Ellen Forsythe that giving up her single state will be more than worth the sacrifice. Not an easy job. But John isn’t a man to waver or give up when he has a goal in sight—and Ellen is firmly in his sights.

Love on the rocks. Literally. Ancient ruins, sea, rocks, salty air, the cry of gulls. Lots of hot and touchingly romantic sex, both in and out of doors. Creative use of toys. Sound interesting to you? Look no further!

I really liked Ellen. She was intelligent and sympathetic. I loved when she says of a man who is not her Dom: “If he was one of those Dominants who thought all subs should kneel to him, he was in for a shock.” She won me over right then and there.

This is the story of John Kent, the mysterious, dark Dom of the circle of BDSM lifestyle friends from Oh’s other stories such as Power Exchange and Power Play. He’s strong Dom who cares deeply about the pleasure of his sub. John works hard at wooing Ellen. In turn, Ellen gives him total respect and adoration.

The conflict between John and Ellen is believable and moving. The search for love after the loss of a dear love and then the fear of moving too quickly and losing it. Ms. Oh does a fabulous job of portraying all the angst. This is real BDSM, not for the faint of heart. But Ellen loves what John does to her, everyone here is willing. There’s a focus on sharing pleasure and deep emotion here that’s refreshing. A strong Dom is not afraid of loving a strong-minded sub. While I am on the subject, it was also refreshing to have a strong-minded sub that was settled into her submission and didn’t act out in bratty outbursts.

I loved the descriptions of the ancient ruins on Goose Island. It leans a very haunting and beautiful tone to the story.

If you enjoy lifestyle BDSM romances with deep emotion and a heavy layering of romance, then you’ll surely enjoy this one.

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