Firebird

Annabel Joseph
Firebird
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Publisher
Loose Id LLC
Release Date
June 2010
ISBN
9781607377498
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
Prosper is thrilled to be plucked from the corps de ballet to dance the lead role in The Firebird. But Jackson, the guest choreographer, is as sexy as he is demanding. Prosper soon finds herself flustered by his closeness and his unforgiving gaze. She gets caught up in kinky fantasies that make it difficult for her to concentrate on his steps. She imagines him as her Dominant, turning her over his knee for flubs in rehearsal. Just as sensual tension at work builds to an impossible level, a surprise encounter outside the studio results in Prosper's fantasies being realized. Jackson takes his protégée home and ties her to his bed. Soon Prosper is receiving the discipline and domination she craves -- and much, much more.

The pair maintain a secret off-stage relationship -- scorchingly intimate encounters several evenings a week. But Prosper feels the burden of carrying the Firebird ballet on her back, and Jackson knows that his time in New York will draw to an end all too soon. Will Prosper crack under the pressure of pleasing her lover and bringing his vision to life, or will Jackson find a way to help his Firebird take flight?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements.

Book Review by Michelle R
Oct 20, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
161 people found the following review helpful
The perfect blend of pain, pleasure and romance

Oh baby! This is what happens when extreme talent writes a beautifully, erotic romance. A story of a ballerina and her choreographer, Firebird read like a ballet in itself- sweet and graceful at times, but mysterious and tension filled at others.

Jackson has come to NYC to choreograph an edgier version of the ballet Firebird. He begins ruffling feathers by casting Prosper Ware, a corps dancer, as the lead role. While the choreographer side of Jackson pushes and calls out the prima ballerina in her, the Dominant in him thrills at the opportunity to care, nurture and release her inner submissive. Prosper epitomizes the Firebird, and watching the Firebird come to life and take flight is one heck of a fine ride.

I liked how Joseph used secondary characters to reinforce Prosper's view of herself as less than perfection. She sees herself as a disaster waiting to happen and therefore that is how everyone else in the Ballet, including the director, views her. It takes an outsider with a trained eye to see past the image she projects to the mastery of her movement and the capability of her talent.

Aside from the inner struggle for each of them to overcome their past hang-ups so they can find their HEA in each other's arms, there is a side plot of jealousy. Jealous prima ballerinas angry over their dismissal and jealous potential lovers who wait in the wings hoping the two won't survive. It all wove together for me to create a complex and beautiful love story.

This is one of my more erotic reads that I can recommend to any friend. The BDSM is on the light side and there are no ménages. So while the sex is steamy, it isn't too terribly tawdry or dark.

Romance, steam, and just enough edge - they are the underdog couple to root for when you are looking for that book to put a smile (and blush) on your face. Enjoy!
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