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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  19 reviews
You awaken to complete darkness.

You’re blindfolded, gagged, tied to a chair, arms bound tightly behind you. Completely naked – and completely helpless. You have no idea how you got here. Or where “here” is.

This is just a dream, you decide.

Unable to see, you listen instead. What you hear around you is both intriguing and frightening. Other women being punished – and p
Kindle Edition, 90 pages
Published October 4th 2018
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There are a lot of aspects of this book that I liked but there are also some that quite honestly freaked me out a little.

First off the author made a bold move by writing this in 2nd person POV. Normally I don't like books written like that but for the purpose of this type of storytelling it works perfectly. After all it's supposedly you that's being tortured / pleasured and the author did a great job painting a vivid picture of this.

The problem with that however is that it's a double edged sword
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! That was quite a trip. Written in second person, you wake up bound, gagged, naked and blindfolded. Slowly you realise you're not alone but that's okay because you're fairly sure you're dreaming. Aren't you?

I do like the way Storm writes. It's tight and engaging but there are some caveats to this story. It's dark erotica, bdsm, f/f/f/f, and considering she finds herself unsure of where she is, bound and gagged, you can take consensual off the list. I thought the peer pressure and impossible
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
2.75 stars. I found this book a bit trying. I do like bdsm if done well. There are hot parts but this seemed more like a bad BDSM trip that you couldn't wait for it to end. The main character so to speak, wakes up bound, gagged, blindfolded and begins listening to another person getting a lesson from the mistress. The mistress then turns the attention to the main character. Then introduces both subs to each other, etc. ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ff-bdsm, ff-dark
Dnf. I like dark reads, fiction that pushes boundaries, and stories that make me feel uncomfortable. What I like about these kind of stories is the psychological exploration of how a person handles a difficult situation. The psychological element was missing here.

I felt the main character's reaction was unrealistic, and did not buy into the fact she thought it was only a dream. This was basically one long bdsm scene and I wasn't into it. If it had been more character driven it would have worked
Candice Barrier
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story

This was an interesting story. It never let up with its action and mystery. Cassidy did a great job at holding your attention and never letting go! This was non stop action and I feel like I need a break after reading this. I was wore out and I wasn’t the one in restraints!! Highly recommend!!!
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awakening was a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a look at fantasy vs. reality. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy dark reads.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Awakening explores the blurred lines between wakefulness vs. dreams, sexual fantasy vs. stark reality and slave training vs. lesbian romance.

Storm's novella forces a nameless woman and "the girl" to service two sadistic dommes. With no memory of how she entered a BDSM sex dungeon bound, gagged and blindfolded, the nameless character does recall her afternoon work out, an uneventful nighttime date and binge watching Netflix. Did she become a sex slave in training or is she simply dreaming of her
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book is hot hot hot!! My only complaint is that it isn't longer! Love the 1st person point of view!!
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes erotic novels.
Recommended to George by: Discovered online
Awakening, by Cassidy Storm. This novel was really an Awakening! It held me riveted from the first page to the last--which chapter was entitled Awakening! You have to read this book to get the irony. It is a fantastic introduction to BDSM and submissive behavior and so well structured that I couldn't wait for the next crescendo of pleasure/pain.

Cassidy Storm is an author with only one other book entitled Girltalk. Awakening was so fascinating I know I'm going to have to read that book next. I d
Lusty Soul
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BDSM is not my thing, per se, but I am open to all fetishes, including this one. This story is more than just a chain of sadistic concepts and the masochistic perspective. This book is literally an awakening, as you are the one telling the story. By this I mean that the narrative voice is 2nd person (the "you" voice), which is daring and risky in any literary starting point where all other elements are in your favor. In erotica, and in a story where the lead character, you, is hardly intimately ...more
Amy M. (Amy Loves Reading Blog)
Holy cow!!!

I have read some BDSM but nothing like this and this was at times a little annoying with “am I dreaming” but it was so freaking hot!!

My first read from this author and I was very disappointed when it ended!!! I feel like that could lead into another book but man oh man!!!

I haven’t read that many male on male or woman on woman but what you experience with this read was something different than what others give you. The point of view was also different for me because I’m a first person
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
3 stars. Okay, so that was definitely an experience. It's dark but also incredibly sensual and I really enjoyed it. I love Storm's writing a lot and I found the way this was set up to be unique. I just wish there was a bit more to it. It ends so abruptly with no answers and I wanted something a bit more concrete. Not a bad read in the slightest. It's very entertaining and it kept me hooked from the very beginning but I was just left wanting so much more. ...more
Veronica Shay
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a decent read

I did not enjoy this installment as much as I did Girl Talk but it was still a really great effort I am generally not attracted to BSDM but the great detail in which each act was described peaked my interest. I dont know quite how to feel about enjoying it so much. It's a weird feeling being frightened and excited at the same time.
Emma Brown
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so different, as you are the main character. The author has done a wonderful job of setting the scene, and you can truly picture it all happening to you. Loved it!
Beth Winn
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was debating "2 stars or 3?" and decided on 2. Not all that into BDSM myself, but other stories I've read and liked actually involved some interaction with the characters, not "she caresses you here" and you moan in your gag" et cetera.

This came through more like a "brain-in-a-vat" story than actual BDSM. The reader is told (over and over again!) that "you" cannot be sure if this is real or a dream, and the whole story is about "you" thinking and feeling this or that. So while the language may
Julia Leonard
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is an intense story of mind boggling Domme torture training.
She thinks she is dreaming all of these scenes, but when she awakes...
Marks are over her body.
Mind blowing scenes throughout this whole story.
if i know you and you saw i read this, no you didn’t.
The good: I liked the second person narration. It was unique and didn't distract from the story. The main character is blindfolded throughout the story and the author did a good job of working within that limitation. I liked that there was variety of things the protagonist experienes during this sadomasochistic adventure. The twist at the end was okay.

The bad: I was prepared for what I was getting myself into in terms of content. I wasn't expecting to be so bored. It read like "this happened, th
Kristīne Vītola
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I'm a longtime reader of romance, erotica, sci-fi and horror. Having a vivid imagination, I'd always thought about writing. Finally, I went for it! On Valentines Day 2018, my first release, Girl Talk was released. It's a feel-good #lesfic romance, largely about coming of age and finding oneself!

My second LGBT novella, Awakening, was quite a bit darker. After that came Ga

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