Unexpected Top by Cassandra Carr

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Unexpected Top by Cassandra Carr
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (68 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Sometimes a wife has to go to extreme measures to save her marriage. Cissy Holden isn’t happy. Her husband Len doesn’t help out around the house and shows little respect for her. Even worse, their sex life leaves much to be desired. The chemistry they enjoyed when they first met has faded and Cissy is at her wits’ end.

She decides to take matters into her own hands—literally—and introduces her wayward husband to the concept of a Female-Led Relationship (FLR). At first he’s all for it since he’s getting sexual favors for doing chores, but as Cissy ratchets up the control, Len starts to wonder if he’s less of a man if he lets her. Even more confusing is the fact that the sex, another area where Cissy has taken control, is through the roof. What does that say about him? Only time will tell if Len will fully jump on board, or if Cissy has made the biggest mistake of her life.

The unique and intriguing ideas Cissy comes up with to revive her marriage had me at the edge of my seat in anticipation of, not only what she would do next, but how her husband Len would react to the changes in their relationship.

I immediately sympathized with Cissy’s concerns in her marriage. It is easy for couples to take each other for granted after being together for so long. I think that this story and Cissy’s ability to take charge of her and her husband’s future as inspiring because it left me with a sense of pride and strength that we woman can hold the power to change our relationships and to demand what we want even if it means we have to dish out a spanking now and again.

While this is a BDSM story, it is more about the empowerment of woman, and a couple’s struggle to find balance in their changed relationship. Many dynamics in the relationship change throughout the years, as their personalities change. The author was able to demonstrate this aspect of growth in a way that was relatable as well as fascinating. I can say that from the very beginning the author had my attention and held it until the end. I could have continued reading on and on about Cissy and Len rediscovered themselves as well as each other.

Len’s journey in this story was probably the most remarkable. I wish that more men would be as understanding and willing to do what it takes to try and fix problems within their home. I really enjoyed the fact that he took the time out to try and understand his new feelings as he and his wife discovered new things. It allowed me to see the story as long term and not just a quick fix. While in the beginning I may have questions the validity of Cissy and Len’s ability to stay together, in the end I knew Len would do whatever it took to keep the woman he so clearly loved.

While I learned about Cissy and Len’s relationship I discovered more about myself as well. That is why this story of self discovery will be added to my read again list, and I would enthusiastically recommend it to others to read.

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