BDSM · Book Review


TRAINING HIS PET (Owned and Protected #6)
by Measha Stone

4.5 stars for this red hot, pet-play book

Measha Stone sure does know how to write a hot and steamy pet-play book. If you’ve read any others in the series you will know what to expect, and this is another great addition to the series. Whilst some aspects are similar to the rest of the series because – duh! – pet play, each book has it’s own romantic suspense elements, the characters have their own back stories and the issues the couples face make each book very different. 

I loved how Erika struggled both with giving her submission AND with how her submission made her feel. The battle of the ‘independent career’ woman with the ‘getting off on kneeling at his feet’ pet. Most of the time Dax appreciated this conflict, and the times he didn’t were necessary to the plot. It was also good to see a dominant hero who wasn’t perfect or had it all together. Whilst the reason they had a blow up was a little cliched, Erika’s reasoning (or lack of) was nicely different from the norm. I liked that she hadn’t kept thinking how the hero would hate her if he saw it but then she ‘forgot’ to delete it (which I’ve seen used sooooo many times).

The ending of the book was pretty perfect for me, and then we had the epilogue, which was the cherry on top of the icing! I loved that epilogue and all that it implied, the support, the respect and most of all the love. Honestly it was just totally a *swoon* moment.

If you HAVEN’T read any books in this series there are two things to know. The first is that each one is a stand alone, whilst there are certain characters who appear in more than one book no ‘prior knowledge’ is required in order to enjoy this story. The second and probably most important thing is that pet play involves a certain amount of humiliation and, whilst all activities are consensual, it may push your boundaries.

I find it helps to remember that (a) both individuals are ultimately willing participants, agreeing to the activities and (b) it’s a book not a BDSM training manual, so some aspects won’t always reflect real life. There is also a (c) which is that whilst I would be saying “Hell no!” to some things Dax insists on I’m not Erika, plus it would be a pretty boring book if she refused to submit to his dominance!

So whilst Dax insisted on verbally having Erika’s agreement, there was no chat about a ‘safe word’ and only one mention of ‘hard limits’. That said, I always felt that if Erika had stood up and said ‘actually there is NO WAY I’m going to do that because….’ then Dax would have listened to her and allowed a discussion on the matter. Punishments are a separate issue, safe words are more for if one feels unsafe or at risk and not for getting out of trouble. These aspects need bearing in mind before buying this book. Otherwise go for it – it’s a great read.





Erika Devore is known for getting the stories nobody else can, but when she ends up on the wrong side of a mob boss she suddenly finds herself in the custody of a former soldier turned security contractor who has made it his business to keep her safe whether she likes it or not.

Dax Adams is determined to protect Erika, even if that means spanking her until she is sobbing every time her reckless defiance puts her in danger. But when she discovers that the cabin he has chosen as their hideout is part of a BDSM resort, Erika’s intrigue and arousal are both obvious, and Dax decides that the best way to keep her occupied and obedient is to train her as his pet.

Though Dax gives Erika no choice in the matter, her body’s response to his bold dominance is undeniable, and soon she is kneeling naked at his feet, blushing as she is fitted with a tail for the first time, and screaming in helpless pleasure as she is brought to one desperately intense climax after another. But when it is safe for her to return home, will that bring an end to her training?

Publisher’s Note: Training His Petis a stand-alone novel which is the sixth entry in the Owned and Protected series. It includes spankings, sexual scenes, intense and humiliating punishments, and strong D/s and pet play themes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.