Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Brokered Submission

Author:  Claire Thompson
Publisher:  Romance Unbound Publishing
Publisher URL:  http://romanceunbound.com
ISBN/BIN:  978-1937337759
Genre:  {M/F}, BDSM
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer:  Amazon Nymph

While out with a group of investors, Dylan and Zoe are attracted to each other.  After she gets a phone call that throws all her hard work out the window regarding a funding deal for research, Dylan brokers a deal with Zoe to be his submissive and trainee for 48 hours.

Brokered Submission involves a very experienced Dom and a total novice in the BDSM scene.  While the story is compelling, there were a few issues regarding safety that needs to be addressed for those unfamiliar with the lifestyle.  One is having a safe call where someone else knows where you are, who you are with, and will check in with you every so often to make sure you are okay. Another is checking references to make sure someone has a good reputation, though that is not always foolproof.  Another is going through a checklist for limits about what you will or will not do, or what you may be willing to try.  That being said, this was actually a good story.

The author did a good job showing Zoe’s emotions as she is introduced to BDSM. I loved that there were some discussions of those emotions and what they might mean to a submissive.  The author also pointed out that what BDSM between the people involved, in a relationship, is what they want it to mean and not what others expect it to be.

The chemistry between the two is hot.  I also loved the way Dylan broke the news to Zoe that he wanted to continue their relationship without the deal hanging over them, as Dylan also makes some of his own discoveries about himself.    

Some of the secondary characters were pretty colorful.  I liked the idea of having a ‘sub club’ or support group that allows someone to vent or to talk about what is going on, especially if it turns out that the “dom’ is a ‘wanna-be’ and is actually an abuser instead.  I’m glad that Zoe’s experience with “Master” Cameron showed what happens when the community does a good job of policing themselves.

Those familiar with the lifestyle will enjoy Brokered Submission, but it is a great book for readers that may have just a little experience or haven’t read a lot of BDSM books.  I will be reading this one again.

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