Author Name & Publisher: Lynn Michaels (Rubicon Fiction)
Publication Date & Length: April 15, 2015 — 190 Pages
Corey has graduated from college and is trying to find his way, but when his Dom/boyfriend, Jack, demands that he move in with him, Corey loses himself in emotion, fighting Jack every step of the way.
Jack is a rich owner of a real estate investment firm and he’s determined keep his submissive/boyfriend in line, even though Corey refuses to use his safe words.
Will their play become all consuming, or will they learn to trust each other enough to find love?
This was a difficult story for me. It had both an irresponsible sub and an irresponsible Dom. That made the story not only difficult to read through, but made me dislike both MC’s right away.
You have Corey, who is a sub who is also a masochist. He has a difficult time using his safe-words, mainly because he has a misguided notion that using them takes back his submission. Not only is this unsafe, it’s untrue. His character is trying to figure out where he belongs in this BDSM world and throughout his journey, he fails to research or talk to any other subs. And, while I do feel bad for his character for most of this story, as I feel like he was left to figure it out somewhat on his own, I can’t let him totally blame his Dom either.
Then you have Jack. I found his Dom performance utterly disappointing. He left his sub alone and vulnerable numerous times because his own headspace was lacking. That’s a terrible thing for a Dom to do. When he realized that he was struggling, he should have stopped immediately. However, because he didn’t and because he didn’t know where his sub’s limits were, Jack found himself floundering in his own BDSM world.
You get glimpses of Jack’s training – just in hints and guesses – but from the gist, he was trained poorly. That’s very clear throughout the story – he lacks the training to fully understand his sub and himself.
The drama that ensues in this story is just that, drama. It helps only a little with the story, because it’s necessary. However, I think Michaels could have taken this story on a very different journey and the main characters were have been more likable and real.
Overall, this story was exactly what not to do when engaged in a Dom/sub relationship. Despite my 4 star rating, that was mostly because the story was told well, no editing mistakes and it all came together, but reader beware.
I have to say that Lynn Michaels truly has a hit with this book.
Jack made me way to scream and shake him more then once through out this book. He is supposed to be a Dom but there are a lot of times through this book I found myself wanting to ask where he had his training and to tell him he needed to go to another Dom and be retrained. It is one thing to be possessive of his submissive and to not want other Doms to touch him (or anyone else for that matter) and it also ok that he wants to push his submissive out of his comfort zone but what was not ok was making his submissive question if he was good enough for him. As a Dom I felt that some of Jacks unfinished sentences left it to where his submissive was to drawl his own conclusions as to what the end of the statement was going to be and of course his submissive jumped to the worst possible conclusion. Also I do not feel that Jack provided proper aftercare for his sub after a scene. Those couple of things alone made it to add undue misunderstanding and doubt in both him as a Dom and his sub.
Corey is a serious masochist. He needs pain to bring him relief and put him in the right place mind and body wise. I feel like if he does not have it he is just floundering and does not know what to do but seek out that pain to make him feel normal and level headed again. I also believe that Corey is confused about his feelings for Jack and does not fully trust him as his Dom. And that is not a good thing for either of them.
I love how this book showed the bad as far as a DOM/SUB relationship when all factors in the relationship are not met but I also love that the author took those factors and helped the DOM/SUB grow into something better when the problems where addressed and outside help from the BDSM community was brought in to help. But more importantly it also helped in their relationship outside of BDSM and made them stronger as a couple.
I really liked this book. I am sure many more will enjoy it as much if not more then I did also. Great job on a book well done Lynn and cannot wait to read more of your books in the future.
Wanton, by Lynn Michaels, tells the story of Corey and Jack as they try to understand both themselves and each other in the context of a BDSM relationship.
There was so much of this that I absolutely loved. I loved that as much as Jack loves being a Dom, he’s still reluctant to accept this part of himself that enjoys bringing pain, and it’s something he struggles with throughout the entire novel. On the flipside, I also loved the way Corey understands, at the start, that he would never—could never—use his safeword against Jack. He could never ask Jack to stop in the moment. And the way they move forward from there is really great. I also loved their character development. I’m not going to lie. In the beginning, I absolutely hated Jack. He was an asshole of a character and I couldn’t find much to like about him. But as he grew, and as Corey grew, I found myself liking him more and more. I was pleased to see Corey stand up for himself in the end, and take control both of the situation at hand and his relationship as a whole.
One thing I didn’t like was the BDSM group’s acceptance of Colin. How could they not sanction him after what he did? It was more than just a dick move. It was sexual assault. And reading that left me a bit uneasy. No wonder they didn’t stay part of that group after they got back together. I also wasn’t a fan of the interaction with Eric, but I understand where Corey was coming from there. He needed something self-destructive, and Eric certainly was that. But really though…who stabs someone during a scene like that? That was really the only thing that threw me about that entire encounter.
Overall, it was a really good read and one that I would definitely pick up again.
Corey sat down quietly at the dining room table, tucking one foot underneath him and waited until Jack brought him a mug of coffee.
“I’m sorry, baby,” he said, setting the mug in front of Corey.
“Me too.” Corey took a sip of coffee, black with just a little sugar, perfect.
“I won’t get all in your job hunt, if you just don’t go work for Apex, okay. Settled?” Jack stood beside him and ran fingers through Corey’s hair.
“I just want one thing in return.”
Corey’s heart started pumping. When Jack wanted something from him, it was either going to be incredibly sexy or start another argument. “What?” He held his breath.
“I want to introduce you to my club. Properly.”
“What’s that mean?”
The sexy smirk on Jack’s face told him more than he wanted to know. This time, Jack’s desires would be both incredibly sexy and start an argument. Corey put his coffee on the table and clasped his hands in his lap.
“It means I want to show you off. Present you.”
“To your BDSM group?”
Jack leaned back against the breakfast bar that separated the kitchen from the dining room. “You’ll wear something fetish. Leather, probably. And you’ll be in submissive role. I’ll set you up in the center of the room. Maybe spank you a little. That’s all. A little show so everyone will know what I have.”
“Like a possession.” Corey made it a statement, rather than a question. He understood exactly what Jack was saying.
“Yes, but only for the party. You know I think much more of you than that,” he pleaded, hopefully.
“You really want this?” He didn’t understand it, but he didn’t understand why he needed the pain either.
“Do you?” Jack asked, as if it mattered. Maybe it did.
Corey thought about it and realized his cock had gotten harder and harder the more Jack talked about it. The thought of others watching him, half naked, playing with Jack as Jack’s sub, made his blood tingle. The submissive in him did want to please his Dom. Instead of answering, Corey pushed his chair back a little and flipped the front of his boxers down. His hard cock stood right at attention for Jack to see.
“How rude at the breakfast table Corey.” For a moment, he sounded totally serious. Then, Corey watched as Jack licked his lips, his eyes going dark, and he knew Jack was ready to play.
Corey teased, “How about you have my sausage for breakfast, Jack?”
Jack’s cock was tenting out the front of his athletic shorts. Corey was getting to him, and the thought had him giddy enough to start squirming in his seat. Before Corey had a chance to think of anything else to say, Jack tossed his leg over Corey’s thighs, straddling him in the chair. He rolled his hips, rubbing his dick into Corey’ groin.
“I want you to fuck me right here, Jack, right now,” he panted.
“That can be accommodated.” Jack stood up and moved Corey’s coffee mug off of the table. Then he pulled Corey up and with a quick twist, he shoved Corey against the table, pushing his chest against the flat surface. “Grab the edges of the table.”
Corey did as he was told. Even without the signal, he knew Jack had slipped into his Dom role, and at the moment, Corey was happy to slide into his own submissive persona.
Jack jerked Corey’s hips back away from the table, and pulled his boxers down, then kicked Corey’s legs apart leaving the boxers wrapped around one ankle. He ran his fingers down Corey’s spine, making him squirm with goose bumps. “Damn, you look good like this. How bad is your bottom, Corey? Tell me the truth.”
“Do you want to spank me?”
Jack barked at him with his full on Dom-voice, “Answer my question, Corey.” When Jack used that tone, Corey felt compelled to obey and that sent delicious tingles through his belly.
“It’s not too bad, as long as you don’t use anything studded.”
“Mmm.” Corey listened as Jack went down the hallway. He couldn’t see from where he was stretched out across the table, but he didn’t dare move. He tried to keep still, but he couldn’t. His body thrummed with anticipation and his leg shook uncontrollably. He had to move something to ease the tension.
A few minutes later, Jack returned. He put his hand on Corey’s lower back then rubbed along his bottom. He dropped something on the breakfast bar, but Corey couldn’t see what it was. Wondering what Jack was going to use sent a shiver down his spine.
“There’s a little bit of bruising, Corey.” Jack sounded concerned.
“I don’t care.” He loved the lingering ache and wanted more.
“Fine. I’ll avoid those spots.”
“You don’t have to.”
“Be still, Corey. You don’t know– Hell, you’d probably end up killing yourself. You have to be able to say no, baby.”
Corey didn’t answer. He wanted fucked, not an argument. He’d damn well say no when he damn well meant it, but right now was not the time.
“Fine,” Jack huffed. “You’ve been very disrespectful at this table, Corey.” Jack’s words were gruff, but that only made Corey smile wider.
The first smack made Corey jump. It was hard, but didn’t sting too bad. It felt like just a flat paddle. The second smack hit his opposite cheek, then back to the first. Corey settled in and his body stilled.
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