To Play or Obey?

Abby Wood
To Play or Obey?
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Breathless Press
Release Date
November 2010
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance

An all-expenses-paid trip to a BDSM town called Peckerwood in Washington turns into an erotic romance author's dream. Gabriella Torraine will be able to do all the research she needs for her erotic vampire stories, as well as learn about a lifestyle that has always secretly fascinated her.

Not all is what it seems in Peckerwood, but Mayor Dick is bound and determined to win over the submissive Gabby before he lets the carefully hidden secret out. Will Gabby trust, love, and believe him enough to remain in Peckerwood once she learns the truth?

Book Review by Rho (reviewer)
Dec 30, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
129 people found the following review helpful
Abby Wood weaves an erotic story about a paranormal town immersed in the BDSM lifestyle that's had me hooked from the moment I read the first sentence!

Gabriella is an erotic romance writer who writes paranormal BDSM, and she's invited to have an all-expenses paid trip to the town of Peckerwood by Mayor Dick under the guise of learning more about the D/s lifestyle in a town where all the residents live the lifestyle 24-7. She doesn't want to pass up this opportunity, so she heads out to the town and meets Mayor Dick, and they have an instant connection.

Mayor Dick wants Gabby and gets her to agree to pretend to be his submissive for the month in order to really learn about it for her books. She agrees but soon finds that she's not really pretending. However, the town of Peckerwood and its residents are not what they seem, and little does Gabby know, Mayor Dick plans on keeping her with him forever.

I liked this unusual twist on BDSM and paranormal romance. There was some tongue-in-cheek with the name of the town and the mayor. There were a lot of sensual love scenes, quite a bit of bondage and Dominance and submission.

I liked Gabby's character. She had some abandonment issues because of her past, but she really thrived on the BDSM lifestyle. For someone with trust issues, she seemed to give her trust to Mayor Dick quite easily but it seemed as though the freedom she got from being a sub opened that trust up in her Dom. The heat between them was tangible, and was obvious that in coming to Peckerwood, she finally found a place where she belonged and was able feel like she could be loved. It was obvious that first and foremost, this was a romance. Mayor Dick wooed Gabby from the first moment he met her, and the reader can't help but get swept away with her.

The town of Peckerwood was nicely illustrated in the story. The residents of the town helped to round out the story. One thing that I really liked was that the author was willing to poke a bit of fun at the story. The town is Peckerwood with the town's leader's name being Mayor Dick, and Gabby's safe word was Vulcan. So great!

The only thing I didn't like about the story was Gabby's response to finding out the truth. I felt like her ultimate decision was a bit rash, and while I can't give you details without giving away a huge spoiler, I felt like there should have been more an issue made about her decision. While I understand it, I felt like it should have been a bigger deal. But even with that, I really can't help but enjoy this story. I was drawn in from the moment I read the first word. I hope that this is the beginning of a series, as I would like to hear more about some of the other residents finding their mates.
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