The Riding Crop by Karyn Gerrard
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Length: Short Story (21 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M, Anal play, Voyeurism, Spanking, BDSM
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria
Gideon ‘Lord Craven’ Broyles pursues his naughty, nocturne adventures in the secret, salacious underworld of the east-end of 1887 London. The sexy and dangerous viscount will try everything just to have any kind of emotional reaction.
Olivia Durham is known as ‘Mistress Birch’ at the infamous club, The Riding Crop. Wielding a crop of her own, she coolly dispenses lashings to her male, aristocratic clients. Her world is shaken when Lord Craven makes a shocking proposal.
Is it possible two emotionally closed off people can find intimacy? What lengths will they take?
When you’ve exhausted all your avenues, yet still need more what do you do? Lust after the ungettable get of of course!
Lord Gideon Broyles, or Lord Craven as some know him, is sick and tired of the same old sexual escapades he’s been having for over a decade. After doing all the normal things like balls and assemblies what he really wanted, craved even, was something that moved him. Feeling devoid of emotion, Gideon was constantly searching for the one person, that one thing that stir his lust and filled his void.
This leads him to the newest pleasure house called The Riding Crop. There isn’t much he hasn’t seen or done over the years, feeling as debauched as he can be including sexual encounters with men. While there he sees something he’s never experienced before, he’s never seen a man and a woman make passionate love. He’s never kissed nor pleased a woman like what he was watching. The show brought home the fact he was empty inside.
But then he sees her. Mistress Birch, in action. While he’s not so much interested in relinquishing control to her as is her speciality, he still wants her. Lust, finally.
Olivia Durham has had a rough life since she was a young girl with stars in her eyes. One mistake and her world crumbles around her and leaves her with nothing. Now she’s created a different life for herself in order to gain back the control she lost one dark night. But one thing she had no control over was her response to meeting another lost soul.
When I started this, I was going down a path that was very hedonistic. But when the door closed behind Olivia, locking her in the room with Gideon the book took a very different turn. It was sad mostly, but then turned into something beautiful and loving. I think Karyn Gerrard did a wonderful job with this very short story. I would highly suggest reading anything written by her after having completed this tale of the unexpected.