BDSM CLUB SERIES 0.5 & 1

NO SURRENDER – BDSM Club Series
by Claire Thompson

An excellent short story

This book is free if you sign up for the author’s emails. It’s a very quick read, so there isn’t a huge amount of time to develop characters and relationships but that doesn’t detract from what is otherwise a great story. This wasn’t just a series of BDSM sex scenes strung together with a weak plot. In fact the BDSM element was very light with the focus being on their personal growth and development and establishing trust in their relationship.

I did feel as though I knew Emily really well, since the book is from her point of view, but the author also gave Harrison depth, with both of them being believable individuals. I liked that both characters were mature, and also how learning about D/s and building a relationship was approached in the book. Personally it felt as though the ‘slave training’ was rushed into, unless I was mistaken they’d only been seeing each other for a week or two. However I did like how Harrison supported Emily when she panicked during their dungeon session.

This is a lovely ‘taster’ to get an idea of the author’s writing style and the ‘world’ in which future books in the series are set.

I recommend it.

BLURB
Emily craves erotic submission… Harrison will accept nothing less…

After a lifetime of keeping her secret dreams hidden, Emily’s longing for erotic submission is ignited at a BDSM photography exhibit. Harrison, watching her reaction, offers her the chance to explore that passion at a BDSM training academy. Now she just has to find the courage to submit…


AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / GOODREADS

No Safeword
by Claire Thompson

Quite different to most other BDSM stories

I read this as part of a challenge in the Dark Erotica group. There are an awful lot of dark/BDSM books that start with the letter B but I’d really struggled with the letter N!

Personally I wouldn’t call this dark OR a romance, whilst there was technically no safe word there was always a choice. I would call it a well written, sometimes thought provoking and definitely well informed, both in physical aspects of BDSM play as well as the psychology and mental impact. There were times when Jaime struggled with her experiences, the author portrayed these incredibly well showing how she coped, as well as always reinforcing the consensual nature of events.

There is one incidence where a master steps over the line, which may be a potential trigger for some. I found it very refreshing how this was handled, with consequences that felt realistic. Indeed there were several times I felt this took a route less travelled in BDSM romance, feeling perhaps less glamorised but definitely more honest.

Jaime is in training to be a slave to, and serve, all the Masters and Mistresses of The Enclave. Most of us are conditioned to believe in and seek monogamous relationships, and to truly enjoy this story you have to let go of those preconceptions. Whilst later in the story there is a romantic element most of the story focuses on the mental acceptance of becoming a ‘slave’. Many of us would never be interested in entering a total power exchange of this kind. I certainly don’t understand the appeal that Jaime found in it but by opening my mind to the possibilities I did find her choices easier to accept.

My only ‘issue’ as such was that I didn’t really buy into the romance aspect of the story. There is a hero, whom we meet as the story progresses, and I totally felt their attraction and lust for one another. However there just weren’t enough one-on-one interactions/ conversations for me to believe it was anything more than a strong sexual attraction and the beginnings of building a relationship. I rather wish the ‘L’ word had not been used.

However not only did this book help me complete my alphabet challenge, it also introduced me to a new author who’s work I will be reading more of.

SYNOPSIS
There is no safeword here… You signed that away…

Mark loves the rush of training novice slaves, bending them to his will as he teaches them the nuances and breathtaking power of erotic submission. There’s nothing more powerful than breaking down a would-be sub girl and molding her into a fiery, passionate and courageous submissive.

Jaime fantasizes about being bound in chains—the possession of a Master who takes what is due him, while cherishing her in return. When an offer comes to join a community that promises full immersion BDSM training, Jaime immediately accepts…but she is in no way prepared for the dark, wild ride that awaits her.

No boundaries, no refusals, no hesitation, no safeword, no…love? Don’t count on it… 

No Safeword is a BDSM Club Series novel. Where erotic submission is not only accepted, but demanded.


AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / BOOKBUB / GOOODREADS

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