Catalyst

S.L. Armstrong & K. Piet
Catalyst
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Publisher
Storm Moon Press
Release Date
February 2011
ISBN
9780982700884
Genre
BDSM, LGBTQ

SUMMARY
Logan Walker has a problem. He has a blood fetish. A compulsion he can't seem to control. After almost killing his newest submissive, Logan decides enough is enough and seeks help. Help happens to be in the form of an athletic, smart psychologist by the name of Dr. Kasper Bromley.

Kasper, though, soon finds himself swept up in the fantasies Logan came to him to control. Reluctantly throwing his ethics to the wind, Kasper submits himself to Logan, gambling his career, his future, and his heart on a man who craves his blood and submission.

Content Warning: This book contains graphic depictions of intense BDSM situations as well as explicit sexual acts between two males. Content may not be suitable for everyone.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Aug 04, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
184 people found the following review helpful
What happens when two people with extreme sexual desires and no limits are paired together? Bad things is what happens. Dangerous situations, visits to the hospital or even death could occur. Fortunately, in CATALYST, there is no death.

This intense BDSM book focused on the S/M side and specifically blood play is not for the uninitiated. I felt mixed about this book because it is yet another book where it shows people in the lifestyle as mentally unstable. This rubs me the wrong way, even though I understand the two authors' reason for employing this device in their storytelling.

Kasper nearly drowns into the world of BDSM because of his patient, Logan. Logan comes to him for therapy and opens the gateway into BDSM for Kasper. Logan's fetish is to make his sub bleed while having sex. Logan literally loves the taste of blood and can't orgasm without it. Logan's last experience scared him and caused him to seek for help because he sent his sub to the hospital by nicking an artery. Obviously, Logan is into edge play and he messed up big time as a Dom. What I found interesting is, in the book, it doesn't come across as damage as an occurrence everyone accepts. Anyone mildly into the lifestyle knows this can happen. Mistakes happen and people are harmed unintentionally. People learn from their mistakes and try not to let it happen again.

What I thought was a story about trying to control Logan's intense desire for blood play actually turned into a story of Kasper's descent into hell. This was an unexpected twist and it nearly broke my heart. The fact that Logan is the catalyst which sends Kasper into a spiral of pain slut debauchery is even more crushing for me. This story caused me to be ill at ease with the message it sent. I would hope those who are not part of the BDSM lifestyle understand how delicately the authors tried to ensure a decent portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle. The subtlety may be lost on some. I caught the glimpses to show what Kasper did was wrong. His inability to use his safeword which forced Dom/mes past their hard limit was a good point. Taking drugs before a scene is even a bigger no-no which the authors did a good job of pointing out. While I don't believe it is the job of the author to teach people the rules and etiquettes of the BDSM lifestyle, I did appreciate how they showed it.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and I was caught up and engaged in the two main characters, Kasper and Logan. I enjoyed the power exchange, which was never mentioned but demonstrated over the course of this story. I recommend this lovely little piece to those who enjoy the harder sides to BDSM.
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