Sapphire is a short read, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in content.
I found myself pushed to my emotional limits while reading Sapphire. Taylor guards herself so carefully, always staying in complete control of everything in her life. When Adam comes along and challenges her, everything she has built up starts to crack. He forces her to acknowledge that she wants to let go, she wants to lose control, and more than that, she wants to be controlled.
Adam sees the submissive in Taylor, or as he likes to call her, M. He recognizes that underneath the hard exterior is a woman who is ready and willing to bend, as long as the right pressure is applied. The first encounter that M had with Adam was hot enough. It touched on a bit of bondage and exhibitionism, as well as a bit of dominance. But when M takes Adam up on his offer to join him for an evening, things really start to heat up.
It was hard for me to like M at first. She was so closed up to the rest of the world that the author couldn't help but close her up to the reader as well. Adam was a little tricky. I liked him, especially his sex appeal. But as the story progressed, I found myself flip-flopping on whether or not I liked him. After I finished the book and sat back to think about it, I realized that I really did like Adam. He was never cruel, never demeaning and always in complete control of both M and himself. He pushed M (and me) to her limits, forcing her to face her fears of losing control. As an experienced dominant, Adam was sure to remind M that all she had to do was say her safe word to bring everything to an end. Throughout the evening, Adam gave M time to process each of the different experiences before moving on to the next. His patience was endearing and made me really like him.
While I have read some BDSM stories before, it wasn't until reading this that I realized what BDSM is all about. Most people think that it's all about spanking and bondage because it's thrilling and sexy. I'm sure it is for most people. But I think that while it is thrilling and sexy on the surface, there's so much more to it than that. When I sit back and think about this story, it's amazing to me how much M's experience with Adam allowed her to grow. Adam was able to strip her down (figuratively speaking), expose her, force her to face her fears and then build her back up again. And I think that is what the root of BDSM is. Finding someone you trust enough to be completely exposed, without fear of ridicule or judgement.(less)
When I read the synopsis of this book, I couldn't help but raise an eyebrow. It sounded intriguing a...moreRead my full review here: Review: The Seeking Kiss
When I read the synopsis of this book, I couldn't help but raise an eyebrow. It sounded intriguing and I thought it was just the right kind of story to fit my mood for that day. I have to say, though, I wasn't very impressed. The story seemed too abrupt and clipped. Now, I know that for a short story the author has to cut out some elements to save her word count, but this seemed a bit extreme.
The story began abruptly. Nissa is going to the sex club. That's it. Nothing leading up to it. She met Hex and Aleron abruptly. Sure, there war glances and whatnot, but for someone who was waiting for her invitation to the club, she didn't seem to spend much time "mingling" if that makes sense. The sex begins abruptly, which I guess could be a bit erotic, so no problem there. But then the story just... ends. There isn't much time for me, as a reader, to enjoy the characters individually or as a couple.
All that being said, it's not terribly written. The storyline just wasn't for me. I feel like sometimes I just need some "fluff" with my stories and this didn't have any.(less)