“Lucian Bane’s inner Dom is out of control and hungry for things he can’t name. When he signs up for Dom Wars, he meets Tara who is naive to the BDSM world. Her reckless dominance and puritan heart fascinate him. But when he discovers the pain in her past, it unleashes his true Dom within”
I have to say when I choose this book to read, I didn’t necessarily do it for the hype of BDSM but for the simple reason to see if like most other BDSM books I have read, if it was a copy off FSOG. I must say I was surprise at what I got but later on I will let you know if that surprise was a good thing.
It wasn’t the typical dominant male meets submissive girl that has been so play out in the mainstream of late. Instead it offered an unexpected twist in the form of a competition where we get to see Lucian meeting Tara (Crossfire intro cant be missed) at the audition and they are later paired together and the struggle ensues for who is the more dominant of the pair.
But let me back track a bit. How we were first introduced to Lucian and what transpired throughout the rest on the book has no connection whatsoever. I felt it was a decent intro that had the potential of greatness. Its like the first time I decided in high school to try out for track and field. To get the mind frame I was in at the starting line, you would have to know I was pretty good in my pre-high school days, placing in the top three most of the time. I thought I had it in the bag, my chest couldn’t have possibly be higher but when the gun went off (or at the word go (-:) my right foot got stuck in the smallest hole on the track that turn out to be a tree root that held unto my shoe for dear life and I fell face first to the ground (luckily in was dirt). That is how I felt reading this entire novel. It started then is crashed and burned…
Everything in the BDSM scenes felt forced, there we no real builds with the characters or any chemistry or real affection to the point when I read the scene where they were professing their love for each other I almost had whiplash and was so confused as to what had just happened it was like, I was just minding my business of a boring summer morning when a piano feel out of the sky right in front of me kind of whiplash. I mean who were they kidding, and this relationship all lasted in the course of three days, three days! I mean the entire book, from meeting Lucian to mega couple was not even a week long!
On the good side, I liked that the book showed a diverse look at BDSM and how some people took sadism to a whole new level of irrelevant violence and the fact that it tried to show that the lifestyle isn’t about violence towards women or the need to feed some psycho’s wet dream of torture. It tried to give the female a level of authority (again, in a naive way-Major miss) and attempted to explain what the lifestyle was about. In the end the Madam’s words of wisdom won me over a bit when she profess why they were the couple to win and change the purview of the general public of the lifestyle.
I felt that in a lot of ways this book could have been so much more, definitely a little too rushed and with a lot of missed opportunities but hey, there are other books in the series so maybe the story line did catch up and dealt with some of the unanswered questions in book one. Read it for yourselves and let me know yours thoughts.