The Awakening

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The Awakening
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Publisher
Silver Publishing
Release Date
September 2012
ISBN
9781614956228
Genre
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

SUMMARY
Lisa is looking for the man of her dreams--a sexy dominant who will love her the way she is. Her boss Hank is content with his life--no love, but a steady play partner for the dungeon.

Lisa is looking for the man of her dreams--a sexy dominant who will love her for the submissive she thinks she is. Her boss, Hank, is content with his life--no love, but a steady play partner for the dungeon. Hank catches Lisa eavesdropping on his private phone conversation. Angry, he tells her he's going to punish her; and that's music to Lisa's ears. Could Hank be the man she's longing for? How can she let him know what she wants? Eager to bring her desires to reality, she begins to explore the kinky world of BDSM without truly understanding the physical and psychological risks. In this sado-masochistic erotic romance, Lisa's journey into this new realm of pleasure threatens to expose Hank's secret life and ruin her happiness. His reluctance to mix love and dungeon play threatens to break her heart. Can they find a middle ground that's safe, sane, and consensual?

Book Review by Vixhen (reviewer)
Dec 20, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
117 people found the following review helpful
This little book packs a big punch.

Lisa's penchant for reading online erotica has turned into full-fledged quest to find a Dominant of her own. She has always felt a strong pull towards her boss, Hank, whose powerful aura beckons her like a moth to a flame. When she finds out that Hank is in the lifestyle, she secretly wonders if he can show her the ropes.

Though Lisa is definitely seeking a more permanent arrangement, Hank has a strict no emotional attachment policy. Try as he might, he cannot stop the feelings that course through him just by thinking of her. After showing Lisa a glimpse of his world, they both know that they want more, but are they willing to take the risks?

I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be a more true-to-life depiction of the BDSM lifestyle. There was no glossing over of the real struggles that one can endure when deciding to follow their desires. The emotional and physical aspects of dungeon play were well described. Lisa's first foray into BDSM is expertly laid out through a novice's eyes. Also, when Lisa runs into a Domme with a god-complex, we can actually feel the fear.

The author also gives a deeper insight into the actual world of BDSM in the description of "munches", how being safe, sane and consensual are key, as well as how hooking up with the wrong Dominant can be very dangerous. The characters were well written, and the story was totally engaging. I will definitely look for more from this author.
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