Shelf Control Wednesday
Since I don’t have a review to share with you today, I’m joining in with TWO memes, both of them share books I have yet to read. Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves, and is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Do visit their blog, it’s a treasure trove a good book recommendations.
My aim this year was to read more books than I bought, in an attempt to clear some of my TBR list, the one that consists of actually purchased books and not just ones that I’m interested in buying. I’m not sure how successful I’ve been because my reading buddies keep recommending books to me! In fact the book I’m featuring today was one-clicked for that very reason.
The book appealed mainly because of the age of its characters. Despite the what the cover picture suggests (and I’m disappointed that the image of a young woman was used) this book is about a married couple in their 40’s. My friend also recommended it as the age play is very subtle and the focus is more on the power exchange.
This type of book have come a long way since the 50 Shades phenomenon. I haven’t read those, since the relationship portrayed veers more towards abuse than a genuine BDSM one. However I do appreciate that not only did they bring a great deal of enjoyment to thousands of readers but more importantly it forced a wedge into what had once been a closed door. That sliver of light allowed authors with a personal understanding of BDSM and a genuine knowledge of the lifestyle to write and release books portraying a more consensual relationship.
Title – Cheri’s New Rules
Author – Markie Morelli
Genre – Age Play/ Domestic Discipline Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34110542-cheri-s-new-rules
Blurb – Every marriage has its ups and downs and for twenty years, Judge Michael Reynolds has been reminding himself of that fact. His wife, Chéri, is the epitome of the perfect suburban wife. Chéri works for an advertising agency, raises their twin sons, and micromanages them all to within an inch of their lives. It’s working, he reassures himself. It’s not working well, but it’s working. He keeps his nose to the grindstone and stays out of her way as best he can, avoiding confrontations and acting as a buffer between her and the boys. Even now he isn’t sure if he is having a mid-life crisis or it has something to do with the boys going off to college – but one day he’s had enough, more than enough! It’s time for some new rules, and for the first time in a very long marriage, he feels capable of enforcing them. Michael tries not to present them as an ultimatum, but Chéri knows what they are just the same. Her husband is tired of her domineering, controlling ways. While he readily accepts his part of the blame for what their marriage has become, he is not willing to continue with the status quo.
What he wants shocks her to the core. At the same time, there is a certain aspect of his idea that appeals to her in a way she never would have suspected. You see, Michael wants to take over. He wants to be the one in charge of their household and especially of her, as he’s convinced it will improve their love life as well as their marriage. He wants to try age-play. They will start slowly, he assures her. On the weekends he will become her daddy. She will leave her troubles and adult responsibilities at the door when she walks in the house on Friday evening. From then on, it is his turn to take care of her. He will provide for all her needs, love and care for her, and discipline her when the need arises. In return for her obedience, she will be pampered and sexually satisfied in ways only he is aware of.
For sure it is a leap of faith, but Chéri takes it, and finds far more than she bargained for as this forty-something couple learns you can teach an old dog new rules.