Submitting to the Rake by Em Brown
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Length: Short Story (65 pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Amaryllis
Desperate to save her cousin from certain ruin with a notorious rake, Miss Heloise Merrill impersonates her cousin and takes her place at the infamous “Chateau of Debauchery”. Heloise intends to convince the rake—Lord Cadwell, Earl of Blythe—to turn his attentions elsewhere. What she doesn’t intend is to be splayed across his legs and spanked!
Deprived of his intended guest, Sebastian Cadwell intends to provide the meddling Miss Merrill a much deserved set-down. But when his hand connects with her lovely derrière, he finds he wants to do more than just administer a light spanking. He wants to tie her up and hold her down. In short, he wants her total submission.
A sex obsessed aristocrat meets his match in a somewhat spoiled, willful young lady. Lord Cadwell has a sadist streak and he enjoys tying women up and giving them pleasure through pain. He has his sights on Josephine but Heloise shows up instead. He shrugs and decides to give her his usual treatment, much to their mutual pleasure.
Both Josephine and Heloise are more sexually experimental and less naive innocents than most young women of their time. Yet at the same time they seem a little spoiled and emotionally impulsive. This did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. Not in the least. I enjoy flawed characters, who wants perfect all the time? And one might imagine that there would be quite a bit of spoiled young ladies in this time. It creates plenty of tension between hero and heroine that helps to fuel the passion in this tale.
Ms. Brown does a great job of describing the scenery and setting the stage. The prose is smooth and reads easily. This story remains light to the point of romantic comedy from start to finish yet it is predominately an erotic story. I enjoyed Submitting to the Rake very much and the happy ending made me smile. It’s a quick, kinky, hot short story. A great read.