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Friday, February 5, 2010

Review - The Dom's Dungeon by Cherise Sinclair

Title: The Dom’s Dungeon

Author: Cherise Sinclair

Publisher: Loose ID

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Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed By: Janelle

Foster child. Teenage whore. Now a veterinarian, MacKensie's turned her life around, but the scars remain. She saves her affection for the animals who never judge or scorn her, but it's time to get out, move on from her past in Iowa. So, she arranges a vacation exchange to job hunt in Seattle.

Although the house is lovely, one room is locked. Her years in foster care have given her two ‘gifts’: a neurosis about locked doors and the ability to open them. After she gets into the room, she's appalled…and intrigued. Chains and manacles, whips and paddles, odd benches with straps…

When Alex returns home days early and finds MacKensie draped over the spanking bench in his locked dungeon, he’s furious. But her wariness arouses his protective nature and curiosity, so he strikes a deal to keep her close—she’ll act as his submissive in exchange for a place to stay and help finding a job.

He’d planned to use the veterinarian to deter an ex-girlfriend, not replace her, but with MacKensie’s compelling mixture of strength and vulnerability, the little sub slides right into his well-defended heart.

There is something very relatable about this story. No matter what your teen years held, there is something in them you regret. As teenagers we are all searching for acceptance, and some continue searching for it long after our teen years fada away. Where we find that acceptance, is not always where we expect. I found myself sympathizing with Mac, even when I could not empathize with her plight.

This story does the BDSM very, very well. Sometimes it is very hot, but there are times when it’s not. Far too often this form of kink is used without considering the full scope of what such a relationship entails, from both parties. I find it very refreshing to find a story that addresses an alternative lifestyle from all its angles, rather then simply focusing on one aspect.

Overall, this is an excellent book. I was excited to find out what happened next and wondering how the characters would handle it. And even though I knew this would have a happily-ever-after, there were many times that the story made me question that assumption. That in my mind is the mark of an excellent story.

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