Reviews by Cailin

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Quinton’s Crucible (Dominion Trust, #4) – Cailin’s Review
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Make Me Take It from You – Cailin’s Review
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The Duke’s Lady by Brenda Jernigan

Quinton’s Crucible (Dominion Trust, #4) – Cailin’s Review

It’s taken me a while to write this review. I’m hard pressed to settle on a rating. Parts of this book I absolutely loved. Female domination of a man, submissive or not, is the kind of tasty read that makes me glad I own a Kindle. There were some incredibly hot scenes that rate a five.

The author’s tendency to detail every event the main character experiences is less bothersome in this book, than in Her Troika where Quinton’s back story is told. That’s probably because that novel involved pony play, which isn’t my thing. Fem Dom is, but even so, the beatings seemed to go on and on.

The premise had a lot going for it. Alpha male sadist who refuses to keep to the right side of consensual is forced to endure similar treatment by a female sadist. What starts out as retribution turns into something more when the Domme starts to fall for her victim who’s turning into a new man.

That’s where the stars drop down on this book. Quinton seems to roll over much too quickly and for reasons that weren’t believable. We’re also supposed to go along with the idea that it’s okay for the Domme to engage in non-consensual sadistic behavior because she doesn’t leave permanent scars. Although she does have his nipples pierced. She sees something in him that makes her believe he can be transformed into a nice person. That makes it all okay. That and the Trust and his father allowing it to be done to him in lieu of having him arrested. Mind you Quinton is an adult and he didn’t agree to or expect what happened to him.

In the end, the hot scenes weren’t enough to keep this novel above 3 stars. I keep thinking about what an amazing book this could have been if a more realistic psychology had been used, and the author got into the characters’ heads like Jillian Verne does in her Masters of the Order series.

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

Available at Amazon.

Heat Rating: Ack! I think I burnt myself

Make Me Take It from You – Cailin’s Review

This little book is like a scattering of semi-precious stones mixed in with a handful of gravel. As you read, some of the pieces have the shine of a faceted amethyst or the spark of a fire opal. What appeals will depend on the reader. For me, the poetry at the beginning of the book was the best. The author is good at taking a moment in time and crystallizing the emotion, thoughts, and sensations of that instant. When he broadens his timeline he’s not as deft.

His subject matter is what you’d expect from a guy into making his own whips, enough brutality to make a masochist come undone. Yet, there’s a thread of need matching need running through it all.

I’d love to read more of his poetry. It tugs at you and forces you to consider kink from the perspective of the people inhabiting his words.

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

Available at Amazon and in Kindle Unlimited

Heat Rating: Ack! I think I burnt myself

The Duke’s Lady by Brenda Jernigan

I had to buy The Duke’s Lady because I had the second in Brenda Jernigan’s (@bkj1608) Lady Series and I like to read a series in order. I’m glad I did. It was terrific with lots of my favorite elements: sea voyage, sea-captain, pirates, heroine who wears britches. It’s also got balls in England, the tonne, and dressing up for such. What sets it apart is the inclusion of Jean Lafitte, the pirate, and the Battle of New Orleans. The English duke, Adam, has ties to both England and America. The heroine, Jewel, was raised by pirates. This sets in play all sorts of variations on the usual romance themes.

Yes, you have to suspend belief to enjoy this book, but that’s doable. Characters fall in love rather quickly. The plot device that involved the bad guy was the biggest disconnect for me.

The hero is flawed and often doesn’t take responsibility for how people perceive him. He’s a hot head who gets angry and bellow before he thinks. He’s also significantly older than Jewel and falls in lust with her when he believes her to be 16. She was actually 19. I like my historical characters to reflect the times of the novel, so I don’t expect them to adhere to the niceties of society today. When they do, I find it a bit too precious or preachy. I also like my heroes flawed, even extremely flawed, which Adam doesn’t approach.

Jewel was the best part of the book. Although, again, the concept that she was naïve because the pirates that raised her protected her from worldliness required a suspension of belief. Those protective pirates didn’t keep her from learning to throw a dagger or fight with a sword.

I read it in a day and enjoyed it.
Heat Rating: Steamed Milk

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