3.5 Stars for Camellia by Cari Z and Caitlin Ricci #FF #BDSM @author_cariz @LT3Press

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Title: Camellia
Author Name & Publisher: Cari Z & Caitlin Ricci (Less Than Three Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 7, 2014 – 152 pgs

Synopsis

Danny doesn’t expect much to come from the interview she has lined up through her modelling agency, who told her only that it involved tea and a kink convention. She thinks it won’t be much more than wearing some strange outfit, sitting around, and getting easy money that she desperately needs.

What she gets instead is Lucy, a formidable woman in riding boots and a corset, who makes Danny want to please her without saying a word. By the end of the interview, Danny is convinced that her new job isn’t going to be anywhere near as easy as she first believed. Can Danny make the woman determined to keep her at the end of her riding crop let her into her heart as well as her bed?

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Review

ThreeandHalfStars

This was an interesting read. It’s not my usual fare, but the premise looked interesting. It ended up being different than I expected.

For the most part, I found it more informative than romantic or sensual. I don’t mind stories like that, but this one didn’t otherwise seem to have a whole lot of plot. It was mostly educating readers about the dynamics of certain D/s relationships. I was hoping we might see more of the characters making an emotional connection, but the story seemed more concerned with explanations and teaching. There was virtually no conflict or tension.

I was also a bit put off by the way Lucy, the Domme, was an upperclass, cultured woman who had to “educate” Danny, who was clearly blue collar. That made me uncomfortable. Maybe that relationship dynamic will be explored further (and better) in future stories.

Overall, the writing style was good, and the premise was appealing, but the story fell flat for me. This is not any fault of the authors; it’s all personal preference. I’m sure there are other readers who would love it.

Amy

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Caitlin Ricci:

Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn’t writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart. She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful fiance and their dog. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.

Cari Z.

Cari Z. is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She has a wonderful relationship with her husband, a complex relationship with the characters in her head and a sadomasochistic relationship with her exercise routine. She feels like Halloween should happen every month, which is why you get this picture of her, and hopes that you enjoy reading what she’s put out there as much as she enjoyed writing it in the first place.

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