To Sir, With Love by Madison J Edwards

To Sir, With Love by Madison J Edwards
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (56 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, M/F/F (implied), Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When Beth Sanders attends Club Breathless, Jonah Carter is immediately attracted to her. He realizes she’s new to the Dominant / submissive world, and normally that would deter him, but something about this seemingly demure woman piques his interest, and soon his curiosity sets events in motion that will change his life forever.

Beth wants a man to love her for herself and she’s always harbored a secret fantasy about being bound and helpless at her lover’s hand. Friends invite her to Club Breathless to learn more about the Dominant / submissive lifestyle and Beth relishes the submissive role. It also helps that one of the more experienced Dungeon Masters participates in her training. She’d love to know which of the more experienced Doms has been bringing her fantasies to life, but he demands that she remain blindfolded for all sessions.

Sparks fly when Beth discovers the truth about her secret Dom, who happens to be her boss, Jonah Carter.

Jonah Carter owns a part share in a BDSM club, Club Breathless. One evening Jonah spots a new submissive with a married couple he knows. Despite his sizzling attraction to her, he doesn’t approach the group – it’s not his scene to share and he’s learned the hard way in the past that introducing a BDSM “virgin” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When he bumps into the sweet new submissive at a local coffee house a few weeks later he notices she’s checking out the job ads. Needing a new secretary he leaves his business card with her – positive after only exchanging a few sentences his initial attraction wasn’t unwarranted in the least.

This short story is full of wonderful, kinky sex. The ménage between Beth and her friends – Sam and Janet – is not overly graphic, but more is a tool to explain how Beth is introduced to the BDSM scene at the club. The main relationship is between Jonah and Beth and that’s quite clearly portrayed from the start. I really enjoyed how safe the club’s rules were. This meant Beth and Jonah’s first encounter started with both Sam and Janet present (though not actively participating sexually). While some might think it strange, I totally understood how necessary this was for Beth as the dipped a toe into the scene. It made her feel safe and I thought it an excellent detail some authors gloss over. While not shy – Beth is a newbie and not ready to jump into the scene all in one hit.

I was a little disappointed at how quickly the scenes jump. I figure this is partly due to the short word limit – but a part of me would have much preferred fewer scenes and having them longer, more detailed. I also found it mildly unrealistic that Beth wouldn’t ask questions of her secret Dom or try to discover his identity in more than three months of weekly encounters. The three month jump where she still had no idea of Jonah’s identity pulled me a little out of the story, because I found it odd she had no desire to learn who her secret lover was.

Still, this was a deeply satisfying read. Jonah and Beth have a lot of chemistry working between them, and I felt the fact Beth is blindfolded a lot during her and her Dom’s interactions adds to the sexual tension and the dynamic between them. While the BDSM is integral to the plot, the kink isn’t way over in the “extreme” side of things. Certainly not a tale for the faint of heart, neither did I find it too much or offensive – most of the more common taboos are avoided and most importantly from my perspective as a reader, Jonah at all times respects Beth and takes cues from her reactions and her body language. He’s both a hard Dominant, but also a caring, generous man – the perfect blend to my mind.

An awesome, quick read for a lonely evening at home with a hot bath and a glass of wine (or possibly even a toy or two when you’re in the mood to spice things up) this is a wonderful read.

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