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Natural Law

(Nature of Desire #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,877 ratings  ·  417 reviews
Mackenzie "Mac" Nighthorse is a highly respected homicide detective and a career cop. There isn't a dangerous situation that can back him down. However, the personal becomes uncomfortably entangled in the professional when he goes undercover in a high class BDSM club as a male submissive to find a Dominatrix who is winning the trust and then murdering her chosen partners. ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 25th 2005 by Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc (first published March 10th 2004)
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4 stars.****Third reread October 2013; new review posted October 28, 2013

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Homicide detective Mackenzie Nighthorse is working undercover as a sexual submissive at The Zone. The police are hunting down a Mistress who's killing young, submissive men. Mistress Violet is prowling The Zone when she sets her eyes on Mac and she knows right away that she wants him. She's very attracted to him, but Violet wants more than his body he so freely offers. Vi wants to understand
Dec 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
I fucking hated this book.

1. There are only two Black people in this book. Two. In Florida. Yeah. They're identical twins: Tamara and Keira. Guess who the crazy, psycho, sadistic, incestuous, damaged, murderous pair is in this book? Wild guess? Anyone?

2. The purple prose is off the charts. Lay off the thesaurus, the allegories, and overly ornate everything. Every sexual experience is a volcano, a tsunami, an earthquake, a sunset, an astronomical wonder. Stop. Goddamn.

3. Using "for" as a
Natasha is a Book Junkie
“You’re mine, Mackenzie, and I don’t share you, not even with memories.”

Once upon a time, I asked a trusted fellow reviewer which BDSM book she would recommend if she had to pick only one from the countless ones she has read so far, and this was her choice. Now, that’s all the convincing I needed to start reading this book immediately, but I was also dying of curiosity to see for myself what made this story so unique that a seasoned reader of the genre would single it out so adamantly. Well,
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
I'd put Natural Law off for several years in spite of all the glowing reviews, and it being that rare breed in BDSM fiction: a Fem-dom story (and I love those). Maybe it was curiosity or sheer boredom, but I finally gave in, and honestly wish I'd listened to my intuition. Natural Law wasn't epic fail as far as BDSM books go, but it was trying so hard to be so many things that it just didn't succeed at any of them.

I don't mind a bit of angst here and there, but every single character in this
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

**4.5 stars**

I LOVE the joy of discovering a new fantastic author!


Ok, maybe not new to most, but definitely new to me.

My stumble onto this book and author was purely accidental. Saw it was a freebie a few months ago, checked Amazon and GR for reviews, saw it rated rather highly and added it to the TBR and growing list of books awaiting me on my Kindle.

I’d been in a bit of a book slump going into this book and REALLY needed something to shake me up, so I thought, why not try a book about an
4 stars
“You’ve got to prove you can tame me.”

Working undercover is always a dangerous thing, but when the cover becomes personal, the risk is even greater… A born Alpha who willing submits to the right Mistress, Detective Mackezie Nighthorse has no other choice but to find the killer of the subs who are clearly putting their trust in the wrong woman.
An alpha wolf who chose the role of beta in the bedroom, but only for the right woman.

To catch the killer there is only one place to go and
Nov 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Someone is luring and killing men in the safety of their homes, in the intimacy of their bedrooms. Someone is winning trust and then betraying it in the worst way possible and to Mac Nighthorse, that is obscene. He knows the lifestyle and understands the Total Power Exchange between Mistress and Slave and for someone to betray that beautiful and freely given gift while in his city drives him into action. He risks his Sergeant's moral reaction when he tells her his plan to catch the woman known ...more
Amber Rose
Aug 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, erotica, joey-w-hill
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5++ taking a cold shower stars

Natural Law is the second installment of Nature of Desire series. This book takes this series to a whole new level. I loved the first one and if each book keeps going at this rate I am going to be madly in love with each one of them.

The body was locked gate to the soul. Break the body, and the soul would have to defend itself.

Joey W. Hill never lets me down. I have not read a book of hers that I did not enjoy. This is not a light and fluffy book
Natural Law, part of Joey Hill's Nature of Desire series, is probably one of the most realistic, well-written depictions of the more extreme side of BDSM that I have encountered. It's also the first "alpha male as sexual sub" or just "male-as-sub" erotic romance that I've read. I definitely prefer to read about males that stay alpha, in and out of the bedroom, but Joey Hill's writing captivated me anyway.

There's a Dom serial killer in town and respected homicide detective Mackenzie "Mac"
Smitten's Book Blog

4 Stars for Mac & Violet.

My Casting:

This book was a bit of an experiment for me. We've all read a ton of books about the male Dom and the female sub. Well, I was curious to see how I'd feel to read about a male sub and a female Domme. So, I went about trying to find such a book and noticed that Natural Law came highly recommended by a few people who's recommendations I'd trust. And I wasn't disappointed.

“She chose the adjective deliberately. Handsome or sexy conveyed surface
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, erotica
I don't recall much of this book. I don't know why I originally gave it three stars so I guess the three stars stay.
Heidi Belleau

Reasons I hated this book:
- the cliche setup. which probably wasn't cliche back when it was written (way back in 2004 which is like a million years ago when dinosaurs still roamed the earth in ebook years), but nowadays it's like OH LORD UNDERCOVER COP IN AN EXCLUSIVE BDSM CLUB FULL OF BEAUTIFUL RICH BDSM PEOPLE SOLVING BDSM MURDERS!
- head hopping. not only did the POV switch between the two mains from paragraph to paragraph without warning or fanfare, but we occasionally got to pop into
May 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Great Love Story behind the BDSM storyline
Recommended to Daisiemae by: Marion and Auntee
I really didn't know if I would like this book. I am not into female Doms. Plus, any BDSM books I read are not hardcore...I like them milder. I am not one to like to cringe when I read about hurtful foreplay between two (or more) characters, and I certainly don't like it when the sub is humiliated. That just doesn't do it for me.
Having said that, I really did like this book. It is a little strong in areas of their "play", but I thought the love story between the two characters were well thought
Ivy Deluca
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quickshot Review (mostly because I realized I hadn't prepared a full review when I originally read this)

The writing is great, the sex is stellar, the plot is interesting and Mac likes being dominated, without losing his masculine edge and that's just fine by me. I would have liked to enjoy Violet more, as she had a bit of try hard to her, but overall, excellent read. If you're into BDSM reads, I'd recommend it.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotica
I totally love when the Ladies show who is boss. :)

To put this in perspective re an Alpha male who is a sexual sub - I have actually seen this a lot in men with Alpha type personality traits who tend to be over-responsible caretakers with heavy duty job responsibilities like cops, air traffic controllers and first responders.

I think it is probably one way they can literally let go of the sense of responsibility they feel and let some one else make all the decisions. (I am not saying all Alpha
Fiona Marsden
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was recommended to me a while back and I've finally got around to reading it. I always go into BDSM books a little worried because the lifestyle can require sharing and multiple partners.

This was not a big issue for me in this story. The situations with multiple participants were still very much focussed on the main couples relationship so did not set off my cheating alarm.

The story itself was billed as a bit of a thriller and about half way in I was wondering what happened because it was
This was a well written story that I enjoyed for the most part. I like a good thriller so the killer aspect was a bonus although not prominent part of the story. Even though this is tagged as femdom and there are some hot scenes. I found the D/s relationship side of the story confusing.

I don't believe a male has to be a weak character to be able to submit, and Mac was far from a weak character. However as much as he went to pains to say he wanted to submit to his Mistress I wasn't feeling it.
Davina D.
Well, I'll never look at a big, burly guy the same way again. That's for sure! :)

This is not my first foray into the world of BDSM, but this book clearly drew the line between the tamer depictions of the D/s lifestyle I've read in books and what I imagine the real thing to be. On occasion I do like to spice up my reading with material containing alternative sexual activities and boy did I get what I was looking for here! Now, I'm no fairy. I've certainly been around the block a couple of times
Lyn Gala
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Submissive Alpha Males. Mmmmm. I do love me some of that.

I was disappointed with Joey Hill’s vampire queen books. In those books, Jacob is an alpha male, but I never bought him as a submissive and the vampire queen annoyed me. But I decided to give a different series a try because I’ll go a long way (and pay a good chunk of money) for a good piece of femdom.

Natural Law paid off in spades. Mac Nighthorse is an alpha male, but unlike Jacob, he is a true submissive. He may be a damn good cop, but
Pam Godwin
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a comprehensive review of the series as a whole.

Every character is unique, each one bringing his/her own experiences to the BDSM scene. And every story is deeply buried under layers of hurt and distrust. But these characters are mighty, their love limitless. Lots of dungeon time, winding dark sensuality with anguish and courage, making these stories live on long after they’re devoured.
Feb 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
I read this book because it was recommended to me. Joey Hill is a very gifted writer. The story just flows and you can almost imagine being there. Even though I do not care to read x-treme BDSM books, this was also a love story and had quite a bit of suspense. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read about BDSM.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
Undercover cop + BDSM Club + Submissive male = sexy good time. This book was a quick hot read for me. I don't have as much to say about it because it wasn't as relate-able for me.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy Hell!!! That was hot! I've never read a book like this one before. Alpha sub, BDSM, mystery and a beautiful love story all tied together with a pretty little bow (or maybe rope).
I loved this book... I really did!! Wow, what a deliciously unexpected surprise!!!

Natural Law by Joey W. Hill is perhaps one of the best BDSM/romance books I've ever read. I've been burned with this genre so many times, that I've retreated...but I have missed the edge of a good BDSM erotica read. Sadly, I have found that too many books in this genre offer to be one thing, but in actuality, what you get is a bad, sleazy porn with little to no plot, character development, or story....just filler
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Being one of TPD’s premiere homicide detectives Mackenzie “Mac” Nighthorse never thought he would find himself embroiled in a case that would force him to confess his own sexual fetish to his boss. Yet now he is stunned to find himself undercover at one of the most select D/s clubs Tampa has, The Zone, seeking the serial killer of some of its male submissives.

Violet Siemanski, one of The Zones newest female Dominants, is stunned when one of the sexiest male submissives she has ever seen crosses
Narrator: Maxine Mitchell :(

This is a review only of the audio version. For the story, read my review below from 2006.

I wasn't going to buy this because 1) there were no sample audios available, 2) the only samples were of Mitchell narrating other books and omigod, she was awful.

I ended up buying because 1) it was only $3.95 and 2) the sample for this book was finally available and Mitchell's voice came off much better here than the in other
Cam *tactile seeker*

I was going to add Natural Law to my "guilty pleasure" shelf, but stopped just as I was about to click beside it.

See, because it'd be so easy to do that and simply underestimate the importance of this story, cataloging it along with well-written and sex-filled books that, although highly entertaining, didn't left anything behind them that isn't a dreamy smirk and a heartfelt nod of my head.

No, Natural Law goes directly into my "favorite" shelf, as well as in a bunch of other well-deserved sexy
Paul Dyer
A one-star review of Fifty Shades of Grey introduced me to Joey Hill, and a flurry of generally positive reviews for Ms Hill’s forays into BDSM convinced me to give her a try. My three-star rating is for her competence with language and story, despite such vulgarisms as “the long length of him,” “gnoche,” (a phonetic rendering of ganache, which she clearly didn’t stop to look up in a dictionary); and “dominatrixes.” Though many romance novelists were capable of faultless grammar and impressively ...more
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
A male alpha homicide detective submissive?! I have now read it all. This is a suspenseful BDSM romance that had my eyes lowered to the page, begging for release. Violet and Mac are dynamic together – the give and take of their relationship is so balanced and yet utterly complex. This pushed me out if my comfort zone in a good way.

I can’t believe that this was first published in 2004. Joey was blazing a path that has exploded into the romance that we know and love today – SO THANK YOU.
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Winner of the RT Book Reviews Career Achievement award, Joey W. Hill has published over forty contemporary and paranormal BDSM erotic romances, including six series. Her emotionally-intense love stories offer everything from vampires, mermaids, witches and angels, to boardroom executives, cops and simple housemaids.

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Other books in the series

Nature of Desire (10 books)
  • Holding the Cards (Nature of Desire, #1)
  • Ice Queen (Nature of Desire, #3)
  • Mirror of My Soul (Nature of Desire, #4)
  • Mistress of Redemption (Nature of Desire, #5)
  • Rough Canvas (Nature of Desire, #6)
  • Branded Sanctuary (Nature of Desire, #7)
  • Divine Solace (Nature of Desire, #8)
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