Taming the Mistress by Sindra van Yssel

Taming the Mistress by Sindra van Yssel
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (127 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

A veteran dominatrix, Mistress Sue goes to Bondage Ranch fresh on the heels of a break-up with a male submissive looking for another to pass the weekend with. She sees old flames and friends who have found partners. Subs offer their services, but she also catches the eye of Dane Kilmer, a different kind of Dom.

Dane isn’t into the latex and leather trappings of BDSM, and he’d rather make love under the stars than in a dungeon, but he’s undeniably an alpha male. For both of them, the other represents a different kind of lover than they’ve experienced. As Sue is drawn to Dane’s tent near the primal bonfire, Dane experiences a tug back. The battle for dominance threatens to drive them apart, and so does Sue’s pride as she decides whether she is ready to kneel to a man after many years on top.

I adore this series, and this is another unique and strong addition to the series. I’ve met Mistress Sue in previous books, but this time, this time it’s different because she meets a man who makes her want to submit at his feet.

Sue, has always been very much into the props that come with dominating men, while Dane is more into just into embracing the primal side. I liked this contrast of styles, and watching them have to work at finding a middle ground.

The only con was that I was used to Sue being this Mistress and watching her becoming a sub was a bit strange. I do feel like the author handled this pretty well, and a reader who picked up this book up as a first time read by Ms. Yssel wouldn’t have this same issue. This book can definitely be read as a stand alone.

I enjoyed being back on Bondage Ranch, and I do hope there are more stories set here in the future. The author is great at writing quick and light hearted BDSM, and I enjoy her skill with novella length stories that still have an emotional punch.

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