Sunday, March 25, 2012

Finding Home by Lauren Baker

Finding HomeFinding Home by Lauren Baker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

FINDING HOME is a thought-provoking novel that is sure to leave you pondering the moral and ethical implications presented long after you have read the final words.

Imagine yourself in the life of a journalist trying to make a name for would you go about that? Megan is a twenty-something journalist in L.A. where everyone dreams of seeing their name in lights - with no one throwing any stories her way, she decides to go out and find a story of her own. In her off time, she infiltrates the streets of L.A. determined to uncover the stories behind the dangerous lives of the "street kids". The "street kids" exist in a world of drugs and prostitution and are content to live a life of homelessness in order to avoid a life in the foster care system. Early on in her investigation, Megan is befriended by the unlikely guardian of sorts named Mouth - with his stamp of approval; the kids of the streets begin to open up to her about their life on the streets. The more time Megan spends around Mouth, the underage, homeless prostitute, the more she is attracted to his wicked charm and bad boy ways. She knows this attraction is wrong and fights the magnetic pull with everything she has within her until a series of events lands Mouth in her home and eventually in her bed.

I truly loved this book, but it definitely confused me. At times, I was yelling at Megan to "JUST DO IT ALREADY!" Other times, I wanted to slap her for being stupid for putting herself in this awful and compromising situation. Even now that the story is over, I find myself trying to justify Megan and Mouth's relationship by rationalizing that he is 17 and right on the cusp of 18, but the fact of the matter is...he's underage. Period. It's against the law. On the other hand, their journey was fantastic and their story was beautiful, so it leaves me feeling kind of torn.

FINDING HOME evoked a lot of powerful emotions that left my brain at war with my heart. I was ultimately pleased with the way the story ended - it appealed to the romantic side of my brain as well as the intelligent side of my brain that tells me to avoid jail time at all costs :-)

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Grace's Final Submission by Sara Kingston

Grace's Final SubmissionGrace's Final Submission by Sara Kingston

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GRACE'S FINAL SUBMISSION succeeds in delivering the frustration and fiery passion it promises readers. I am a fan of both BDSM and ménage - combine those elements with a great story and you have yourself a winner!

Grace Sinclair is a thirty-something divorcee looking for something new and exciting to get her back on track with her sexuality after experiencing a disappointing sex life in a loveless marriage. Grace soon finds herself jumping in head first to the exciting BDSM culture when she commits to being auctioned off as a willing slave. She is quite popular, appealing to the club's submissives as well as its dominants. Her icy exterior and commanding presence suggests she is a Domme, but internally, she longs to be told what to do and how to behave. It will take a strong and experienced Dom to manage the physical and emotional needs of the complex Ms. Sinclair.

Best friends Michael Cooper and Jason Smith have been searching for that perfect submissive for far too long. They crave a woman who will act as their slave while maintaining her own identity as well as cater to their every whim. That means managing their household and all it entails - yes, that includes cooking and cleaning and bills, the whole nine yards. They finally come to realize in order to get exactly what they want; they will have to buy it.

My first thought was: "What a bunch of cavemen" - but then I remind myself they didn't ask for a princess, they asked for a slave. Ultimately, Michael the Dom and Jason the Switch were sexy and charismatic and extremely likable characters. If you are looking for some hot male on male action here, you are out of luck. Michael and Jason stand firm on their "watch only" policy, there will be no handling of another man's "junk".

What story would be complete without some conflict and a misunderstanding? After the trio has a devastating misunderstanding that forces Grace into hiding, author Sarah Kingston definitely spices up the story when she turns the table on the dominant men. As punishment, Michael and Jason are forced to submit to Grace. I am not so sure that this would actually happen in a real D/s relationship, but it makes for some very entertaining reading!

GRACE'S FINAL SUBMISSION is a great BDSM ménage with a unique flair that is sure to keep you glued to the page until the very end.

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