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Monday, November 23, 2009

Review - Comfort Object by Annabel Joseph

Title: Comfort Object

Author: Annabel Joseph

Publisher: Loose ID

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Rating: You Need to read

Reviewed By: Janelle

Nell, an out-of-work professional submissive, is desperate to find a job when she meets handsome film star Jeremy Gray at the restaurant where she works. He says he needs a personal assistant, but the work contract he shows her details not organizational duties, but sexual ones. Jobless and homeless, Nell agrees to work for him anyway, on the promise that he will pay for her to finish her college degree when her stint as his “assistant” is complete.

The start of their formal Dom/sub relationship is rocky, but they soon fall into a mutually satisfying, highly sexual routine. They play vanilla boyfriend and girlfriend in public, while Jeremy uses Nell as his kinky comfort object behind the scenes. Then a stalker threatens their secret lifestyle, and their contract may not be strong enough to hold them together.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, strong BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to spanking), dubious consent, exhibitionism, ménage (m/f/m), moresome (m/f/m/f with f/f interaction), multiple partners, voyeurism

Honestly, I found this book a bit on the depressing side. They spend an awful lot of time lashing out at each other for no other reason then they seem incapable of sitting down and having a rational conversation. I understand that this is part of one character’s personality, but it still bothers me.

The stalker is another sticking point for me. I really don’t like it when one character feels another has no right to be told about a threat. Largely, because it is a cop out. By not telling Nell about the threat the stalker posed, she is absolved of any responsibility for her own safety. So she can do something like let the threat in the front door.

The sex in this story is hot and heavy on the SM. Unfortunately, its not very realistic. If they were “playing” as hard and as often as this story depicts, she would be constant bruised, probably to the point of not being able to walk, much less “play.”

Overall, this is a good story, and I’d recommend it. There is just a bit too much false drama for my taste.

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