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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Maison Domine by Skylar Kade

Maison Domine by Skylar Kade
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short (60 pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Gillyflower

Taking bonding and exothermic reactions outside the laboratory…

A Binding Ties story.

Organic chemist Lara Brunner is at loose ends. Since childhood, her life has been focused on work and achieving success in her field. Only now, weeks away from her tenure review, she realizes she’s pushed herself too far. Casting about for a way to release her stress-crazed body from career tension, she visits a BDSM retreat, hoping a weekend of sexual submission will do the trick.

Inducting her into the lifestyle is her at-work nemesis—Jaxon Greene. But the sinful intent she encounters in Jaxon’s sexy eyes makes her heart race with desire…and fear. Gorgeous men like him don’t go for zaftig academics like her. Once the fantasy weekend is over and real life returns, he’ll forget all about her.

Jaxon is blindsided by his intense attraction to Lara. The more time he spends with her, the stronger their invisible bonds become. Bonds that are stronger and more permanent than any knot he can tie. He’s not normally into converting vanilla women to his lifestyle, but something makes him want to cast his inhibitions aside and claim her for his own.

First, though, he has to free her from preconceived notions of proper sex…and love.

Warning: This story contains bondage and whips and sexy professors—oh my!

She yearns to turn control over to a man who knows how to use it to bring her to the edge. Again and again. On the verge of achieving tenure at an elite university, the only crazy thing Professor Lara Brunner has done in years is work herself into exhaustion, attaining professional success not only at a shockingly young age, but in the male-dominated world of chemistry. She achieved all this through dedication, long hours and total self-control. But secretly, she wants to know what it is like to let go of that control.

Enter her nemesis, Professor Jaxon Greene – unconventionally handsome, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, and comfortable in his skin in a way curvy but brilliant Lara has never been. And the Dom who has agreed, unbeknownst to either of them, to train her in her first submissive experience. But while Jax is the trainer, he learns some things too. His weekend with Lara takes him new places. Places he’s never been and feared he’d never reach after a bad experience with a submissive years ago.

In finding their way with each other, Jax and Lara have plenty of hurdles to overcome. There is the cautionary tale of Jax’s former lover/submissive. The University prohibits faculty fraternization – and Lara is especially vulnerable as the vote on her tenure is imminent. Watching Jax and Lara face the obstacles within, between and outside them provides an interesting storyline, while their intimate moments will have you turning up the fan!

Although not the first story to explore the theme of the independent, Type-A career woman who wants to experience--nay craves--letting go of all control, Maison Domine is a fun, sexy and interesting look at such a woman. And the theme is carried throughout the story, in fact to the point that it is almost too much, in that Ms. Kade seems at times either not to give credit to, or trust her readers to have followed along with her (or maybe herself to have brought us along). There were also some minor moments of language awkwardness, and continuity issues that occasionally took me out of the scene.

In all, if you are looking for a gentle initiation into the BDSM world, and exploration of the motivation of the players in that world, I recommend Maison Domine. While it may not have found a permanent home on my keeper shelf, Ms. Kade is a delightful new talent, and I definitely look forward to reading more of her work.

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