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Monday, June 6, 2011

Stroke of Twelve by Kim Dare

Stroke of Twelve by Kim Dare
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (79 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Peppermint

On the stroke of twelve Devon belongs to him for one hour. One hour that will change the course of his life forever.

Free of responsibility and provided with an independent income, Devon Ashford floats through life thinking only of where the next party might be. When a note orders Devon to present himself at Templeton, Crawford & Associates at noon on Wednesday, he’s curious enough and bored enough to follow the order.

He doesn’t know what to expect when he arrives, but it’s not to be told that on the stroke of twelve, he’ll belong to the stern man on the other side of the desk for exactly one hour. He doesn’t expect anyone to command him to strip for an inspection. Nor does he expect to follow the orders of a stranger. He certainly doesn’t imagine he could like doing that enough to go back for more.

Whatever he expects, Devon’s about to discover that what happens at the stroke of twelve could change the course of his life forever.

Sometimes a submissive only need a good dominant to bring the best out of him. That is something Mr. Templeton seems to bring out of Devon.

The author of this story uses a unique writing style that really demonstrates her talent. It took me a minute to really get comfortable with it but once I was, I realized how it actually enhanced the story. It allowed me to feel as if I was part of the story instead of just reading it. I learned about the characters as they learned about one another and incidentally themselves. Another thing that stood out to me was having the date and time placed at the beginning of each chapter. It was really a nice touch, which allowed me to follow the story well. In the end I really valued the style and was astonished that an author was able to surprise me since it sometimes feels as if everything has already been done before.

This is a true BDSM relationship which I appreciated. Yes, sex and sexuality is at the basis of the relationship, but it is so much more than that. The emotional level that is reached within this story is one that I am sure most submissives and dominants seek. Devon really learned to anticipate his master’s needs and did what was necessary to get praise from his master, even if the praise was something small that only they could appreciate. I found it quite endearing and I cherished those moments as much as the characters.

With a unique writing style and a captivating story that displayed the characters perfectly, this story is one of the BDSM stories I have read that sets the bar for other authors.

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