The Submission by D. F. Krieger and Sonia Hightower
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: Short Story (57 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, F/F, Forced Seduction, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Thistledown
The editor is always right... Katia Lane, a down on her luck writer, finds this out the hard way. When she submits an erotic tale to Daring Desires Publishing, one head strong woman meets another as an author/editor war ensues. There's no room for a diva in the publishing industry...and Sylvia L. Avers means to demonstrate this to the fledging writer. When you submit a manuscript to Daring Desires, you submit more than a book...you submit yourself.
As a BDSM conference nears, both women prepare to face off. Which one is going to be on top?
Give me an erotic romance with characters that leap off the page and have me snorting into my coffee and you have made me a reader that will not stop flicking the pages until the last scorch marks are cooled on my e-reader.
A story about a struggling author trying to change her genre from pirate romances into erotica should sound boring, right? Sure, it could but not in this book. From the first sentence, I wanted to know why Katia was slinging her coffee cup in frustration and cursing like a sailor. Her daily grind of balancing her waitress job and passion for writing really hit home for me. As a writer, I understood her irritation when her romance editor told her the newest book she had slaved over was crap. Can you say furious and heartbroken? Oh yes. You feel everything that Kat feels as she experiences it and I love books like that. Her awkward foray into the world of BDSM authorship is a bumpy journey that was joy to read about.
The second main character in the book is Sylvia, the editor at the erotica house that Katia submits her new BDSM story to. Little does Katia know, she will be submitting to more than just a copy edit. Sylvia is a force of nature with a dominant streak a mile wide. Right away, fiery emails banter back and forth between the two women. There were moments when I burst into abject laughter at the battle going on between author and editor as Katia’s education into the world of BDSM takes off in directions I just don’t see coming. The steam heats up as the tension between the two women mounts and flairs into an all-out fire storm. These two ladies are matched for a battle of the wills that will have you thinking about it for days after you finish reading the last page.
The plot development in this story was spot on. It was not predictable and each chapter was separated by character, so no issues of head hopping arose. The sex scenes were scorching and left me wanting this book to last for way more than fifty seven pages. The thing I enjoyed the most was the acerbic wit and the all-out real reactions from the characters. This was a one sit read that actually had me going right back to the beginning to start reading it again, I loved it so much. Authors Hightower and Kreiger have done an outstanding job of creating a character dynamic with a flair that really stood out as one of the best books I have read lately.
If you want an original story with a BDSM theme that will have you laughing out loud while simultaneously reaching for a pitcher of ice water, then The Submission is the book for you.