Power Games

Power Games by Madeline Oh
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F, BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Hibiscus

John Kent only agrees to make up a foursome to oblige his friend and fellow Dom, Mark. After all, a blind date with Mark’s sub’s old aunt promises to be a rather dull evening. But when Aunt Ellen turns out to be an enticing young widow, the prospect for the evening really looks up. Then John discovers Ellen is also a submissive, and his Dom instincts take over, much to their mutual satisfaction. After a night of sex games and kinky loving, they discover they might just have a future together.

This book contains many of the characters that stared in Ms. Oh’s book Power Exchange and deals with the same subject matter. I loved that both John and Ellen were older characters and both had lost their partners. When they meet at the station, the attraction was immediate and mutual. I can picture myself being drawn to this type of strong, dominant man. I enjoyed the dinner conversation between John and Ellen as she tried not to say what she wanted to in deference to her niece. The way their minds worked around subtle clues without directly asking was a delight to read. Annie’s conversation with her Aunt in the restroom was great. I’ve had those types of conversations with younger relatives and it is just as touching and just as stilted.

Ms. Oh was very explicit and detailed in her scenes. I felt like I was in the room as the negotiations of what is allowed was settled. I could just about feel every touch Ellen received from John as I read. I laughed at the ingenious uses John found for household cleaning aids. The tenderness and care shown by John and Ellen made me realize that love can happen twice in a lifetime.

This book is not for everyone. It was for me and if you give it a try, it might also be for you.

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