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Friday, May 27, 2011

Jennifer’s Lessons by Katherine Kingston

Jennifer’s Lessons by Katherine Kingston
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (84 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

An ex-soldier preparing for an engineering career, Blake needs a tutor to help him catch up in his math classes. He gets more than he expected in the brilliant Jennifer. Sparks fly from the moment they meet, and though Blake suspects Jennifer can’t handle his kinky tastes, he can’t resist her. She could benefit from the discipline he offers but neither of them is sure she could live the lifestyle permanently—and anything less isn’t an option for Blake.

Jennifer has been partying and playing it loose through her entire college experience, until she meets Blake. There is something about Blake and his solemn expression that intrigues her, so Jennifer decides to make it her mission to get even a semblance of a smile from him.

Blake is what you expect any man who spent six years in the service during wartime to be like. He has lost his playfulness and joy in life. The author does a great job demonstrating how his past plays such a large role in the present. Little things like loud noises having him on edge really add a nice touch to the story and help me to understand more about Blake. It really allowed me to connect with Blake on numerous levels and truly appreciate his character.

I like the dynamics of Jennifer and Blake’s relationship. I think that her lighthearted whimsy pairs very well with his sober personality. It really helps with the relationship develop as well as their individual development. Each can learn something from one another -- something other than how to use ropes and paddles in the bedroom.

The BDSM aspect of this story is a strong one. The “play” is a large part of the relationship, especially in the bedroom. While I found myself wrapped up into the scenes, in many parts of the story some aspects of the BDSM play seemed a bit implausible to me. For example, Jennifer’s punishment was something that she actually enjoyed. It just seemed that in a true BDSM relationship Blake would have found a different punishment and used that particular action as a reward. Then again, part of the allure of the BDSM lifestyle is partners can be whatever they want.

This is a story I would recommend to a numerous types of readers, from those who enjoy BDSM, to those who thrive on happy-ever-after.

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