(A Mountain Novella)
Author: Cherise Sinclaire
Length: 232 pages
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts Inc.
Rating: 5 Stars
Detectihve Atticus Ware gave up his beloved Idaho to start again in the mountains of California, close to his imprisoned brother. He has a rewarding job and friends, but the experienced Dominant wants more than the Do-Me submissives who flock around him. He needs a woman who will give her heart as well as her body.
Virginia, “Gin,” is damn good at her challenging career as a prison psychologist. However, one problem inmate is mired in misery and unable to overcome his guilt at causing a friend’s death.
To clear her mind, she joins a friend’s kinky backpacking excursion, planning to hide in her tent during the evening BDSM pursuits. But Atticus lures her into the activities. She’s read about BDSM, but submission under the hands of a powerful Dom is beyond anything she’d imagined. She doesn’t trust men, doesn’t want a relationship, and yet…wants more from him.
Finally, Atticus has found the woman he wants in his life. In his bed. In his cuffs. But she’s not only his brother’s therapist, but also works in a prison. How can he tolerate his woman walking into danger every single blasted day?
Gin knows she has no future with Atticus Ware, but still, hope is rising in her heart. -Goodreads
There is so much to love about this story.
First, and most importantly, is the fact that this is a full fledged tale. It is in fact the opinion of this reviewer, that the labeling of this work as a novella, serves as quite a misleading misnomer.
What we have here is a highly complex and emotionally charged "awakening" story.
Readers will note that the term "awakening" in this case is used in the blanket sense. This is because our heroine is not the only person experiencing profound and life altering firsts.
Both Gin and Atticus learn and grow through the intermingling of their lives, both sexually and not.
In fact, it is the sexual play which allows both of these wounded souls to confront both past and present obstacles in their lives, with clear heads and unshakable fortitude.
It is very clear that authoress Sinclair has taken great pains to ensure that every aspect of her characters' lives are balanced. They have stressors, obligations, friends, etc., and these things make the time they spend together in play all the more of a treat. And by extension, all the more emotionally and erotically compelling to the reader.
Miss Sinclare also shows herself to be a "mistress of mood". Using a combination of setting, and a cinematic descriptiveness, she is able to immerse her audience in the complete experience of each character, at any given time.
Allowing her readers to not only champion a character for a time, but to becomes him/her.
The sensual scenes are a thing of beauty. Though readers are given to understand that Gin is novice sub, there is never a stiff or awkward moment, or a time where things feel forced. Instead, readers are allowed to experience the true dom/sub relationship as it is intended. That being one of the dom as caregiver and and the sub as cared for, always with an underpinning of mutual respect. It must also be mentioned that the dom/sub roles are never muddied. There may be times
when Gin is allowed to "top from bellow", but her place as a sub and Atticus' place as master is never called in to question.
This is truly a story of love, sex, and learned self worth on the part of both hero and heroine. A story that begins with two people bound in play by a length of cord, but ends with two souls forever linked in love.