Letting Go 2: Stepping Stones

Michele Zurlo
Letting Go 2: Stepping Stones
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Siren Publishing
Release Date
September 2012
Book 5 of Awakenings
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Sabrina Spencer has it all—a loving husband, two wonderful children, and a successful career. So why does her husband think she's not as happy as she could be? Jonas knows that Sabrina should love her life, but as the stress of "having it all" wears on her, he knows he has to do something. Surprising her with a trip to Elysium, a kinkster's paradise, for their fifth anniversary seems like the perfect thing.

From the beginning, this trip seems doomed. First she rejects the gift. When he finally gets her there and she agrees to spend five days as his complete submissive, he thinks he can finally show her how she can truly have it all. At first Sabrina enjoys submitting to the man she loves, but when it becomes too much and she shuts down, Jonas must use everything in his arsenal to break through to the woman who holds the keys to his heart.(less)

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Dec 15, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
207 people found the following review helpful
A second honeymoon on an all-inclusive island with a BDSM theme, how can this go wrong?

Sabrina is surprised by a birthday gift from her husband, Jonas. He gives them a chance to enjoy a second honeymoon in an adult resort designed for those in the lifestyle. Since Sabrina enjoys role-playing and a bit of kinky bedroom D/s, this is a big step. In addition, she has the usual critical self-esteem issues. What does she do? She immediately rejects the gift and pouts.

Jonas is the perfect loving husband. He is a Dominant who sees a need in his submissive wife that isn't addressed. Even though the story is told mostly from Sabrina's point of view, the reader will tend to empathize with Jonas. Jonas does everything he can to turn on his wife and seduce her. He is a Dom who believes in seducing his submissive into submission. His thoughtfulness and caring just makes me melt. His skills in impact play and bondage make him very attractive.

The BDSM scenes in this story were hot. They were enjoyable and pretty accurate to those in the lifestyle. The role-playing was sexy. Jonas' D/s style was divine. The BD parts were particularly tasty. Ms. Zurlo writes good bondage/restraint scenes. Even the conflict in this book was believable and resolve in a manner which was satisfying.

Why then is this book rated a 3 star? It's based on Sabrina. I hated Sabrina. Sometimes a character just kills the story for me. This story was brought down by Sabrina's mental issues. I'm not saying she's in need of therapy or she's crazy. What I'm saying is that she's too focused on herself and she doesn't really submit. The story demonstrates this quite well and that's probably what Ms. Zurlo wanted to show. It grated on me because I wanted to slap Sabrina out of her sullenness. She refuses to communicate and places the blame on Jonas. Her contrary responses are annoying to me. Her vanity about her breasts and stretch marks seem so superficial. Sabrina's bratty responses to Jonas make me wonder why he even wants her. I didn't read their earlier courtship in a previous book, so perhaps this is what is causing me to not understand Sabrina. If Sabrina doesn't want Jonas as a Dom, there are plenty of submissive women who would love to take her place.

This book is recommended for kinky readers who enjoy a loving Dom.
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