Saturday, April 3, 2010

Knight of Pleasure

Title: Knight of Pleasure
Author: Simone Anderson
Publisher: Total-e-bound
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ISBN: 978-0-85715-050-9
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

After suffering terrible injuries while serving in Iraq, Dean Hudson was forced to give up his career in the United States Marine Corps. His physical wounds might have healed, but his emotional ones are just as open and raw as the day he was injured. If it wasn’t for his sister’s encouragement, he wouldn’t even leave the house. What good would it do? He’s a gay former soldier who lived with constant pain and who couldn’t even walk without a cane. Who would want him? No one, or at least that’s what he thought. Who knew that a weekend family outing to a Renaissance Faire would change his life--in ways he never expected.

Dom Ethan Moreland might be the co-owner of the popular brewery, Smuggler’s Cove, but on the weekends, he turns into a knight, complete with sword and armor. Despite his success in his professional life, his personal one, so far, is a bust. He doesn’t think he’ll ever find the man—the sub, meant for him. That all changes when he’s introduced to Dean, and then the only thing he can think of is making the physically scarred and emotionally wounded man his.

Knight of Pleasure is the first release in the new series, Smuggler’s Cove, by Simone Anderson. It’s a well written and plotted look into the life of returning soldier, Dean Hudson and his introduction into the BDSM lifestyle. But that’s not all it is. It’s also a story of emotional and physical healing, personal redemption and sizzling hot passion.

I have to admit that when I read the blurb I wasn’t certain how the author could get her wounded soldier into a BDSM relationship, but she did—and did it with compassion, creativity and flair. I particularly enjoyed the setting of the story at the Renaissance Faire, the knights and the accepting camaraderie of the other members of their band. Having gone to numerous such Faires through the years, it was nice seeing a little of the personal behind-the-scenes side of these groups. I thought the descriptions of their costumes, pageantry and the scenes in the fight list were very well done.

Dean—our deeply wounded soldier has little going for him until he meets and becomes involved with Ethan. Nothing in his experience prepares him for what life with a Dom would entail and Ms. Anderson did a nice job with Ethan and how he slowly introduces Dean into his world—never pushing, but allowing him to move forward into the alternative lifestyle at his own pace. Once together, Dean and Ethan make a perfect couple, each filling the emotional and physical needs of the other.

I look forward to the next release in Smuggler’s Cove and learning more of the people who frequent it.

1 comment:

Simone Anderson said...

Thank you for the wonderful review. I had a lot of fun writing it and am continually surprised by the people who frequent Smuggler's Cove.