- Totally Bound
- Release Date
- August 2014
- Book 1 of A Richness of Swallows
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
This is book one in the A Richness of Swallows serial.
No act of kindness goes unpunished.
Summer Jones likes things to be tidy. Predictable, well-ordered and meticulous—she likes to be in control. So when she finds herself waiting for a friend in a BDSM club, she is horrified when an attractive Dom offers to show her around. She agrees, but there's a catch. Her sassy mouth has earned her a punishment at his hands. She has to accept his terms or spend the evening alone. Despite her apprehension, Summer can't deny her curiosity about this lifestyle and the pleasures it seems to offer.
But will one night with accomplished Dom, Daniel Riche, fulfil her dreams, or will it just prove to her what she always suspected, that anything so intense is best avoided?
Scared, confused, and utterly horrified at her response to Daniel's touch and his dark brand of pleasure, Summer still finds herself yearning for more. Why, despite her pleas and his obvious appreciation of her body, is he peculiarly reluctant to deliver all she demands from him?
Hurt and confused, Summer is desperate to escape. But can she leave her memories of Daniel behind? Does she really want to?
Reader Advisory: This book contains references to remembered scenes of dubious consent, prostitution and physical abuse.
Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a serial. Some of the characters in this book also appear in Ashe Barker's other serials. These serials can all stand alone but are best enjoyed in order: The Dark Side, Sure Mastery, The Hardest Word, A Richness of Swallows.
Nov 01, 2014 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
126 people found the following review helpful
Propositioned by a stranger for a spanking can be rather frightening. For Summer Jones, it's frightening because it makes her yearn for an experience she doesn't know if it is healthy for her. New-to-me author Ms. Barker pens an erotica awakening story with sensitivity. She captures awkwardness and makes it relatable.
Summer's best friend is into BDSM. Whilst her friend is pushy about being a bottom and finds her happiness in the kinky lifestyle, Summer falls into it with her eyes wide shut. She flirts with the idea and spends a night with Daniel Riche. Daniel is the stranger years ago who offered her a spanking. Daniel is an experienced dominant who finds Summer's spunky attitude amusing. He is sure she is submissive and he pushes her hard to accept his dominance.
The BDSM in this story is interesting. Does it play out this way in real life? It can. Are there dominants like Daniel enticing newbies? Yes, there are some who are like Daniel who enjoy pulling a newbie into the kinky world and then tossing them aside when they are no longer shiny and new. In a slight twist, Summer is the one who runs from Daniel, not because he is no longer of interest, but because he is overwhelming. The part actually made me applaud for Summer. While she could have done it in a better manner, it demonstrates her self-preservation instincts are intact.
I like Summer because sometimes, I wish I could be like her. Sometimes confrontation is just too much. Summer does a sidestep and leaves. She so easily escapes with just a purse and nothing else. She's able to land on her feet and continue on. Her ability to disappear is enviable. It seems to be a skill she uses quite a bit. The surprise is when she reconnects to a person in her past, she runs into Daniel again.
The BDSM in this story is well integrated into the story. The caning and spankings are just the right balance for a newbie kinkster exploring the scene. Even if Daniel grates on me with his overly assertive manner, one cannot fault his interaction with Summer. I think my issue with Daniel is he isn't seducing a shy submissive into the lifestyle. Instead, it feels as if he is pushing a vanilla's limits just to get the satisfaction he wants.
Overall, this is a good read and recommended as a gateway to BDSM book.
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