THE BEAUTY OF SURRENDER
October 27, 2009
Delta, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group
$15.00 US/ $18.95 CAN
Rating: 4 cups
Serving the Master: Desmond and Ava
Ava Gregory has always felt the need to be perfect for the people in her life. She does what is expected of her, even if it makes her unhappy. She is very submissive in every area of her life.
Desmond Hale lives to be in control in every area of his life. He does not like to let go of the reins of his software company to anyone else. Even in his personal life, he likes to be the dominant one in the relationship.
Ava was told by a former lover how awful she was for enjoying being tied up. It makes her feel dirty, yet she feels fulfilled if she is tied. Desmond is a Nawashi, or master, at the Shibari ropes. When Marina Marchant introduces them, neither one of them expects the release they both achieve.
Often in BDSM novels, the author is more about the sexual act than anything else. It is not the case with Ms. Bradley. She writes such a beautiful love story with the art of Shibari woven in.
Soothing the Beast: Marina and James
After the death of her lover and submissive, Nathan, Marina has not dominated men. She carries a lot of hurt of her lover’s death. She is an art dealer by day and a Shibari nawashi at Pinnacle, a sex club in San Francisco.
James Cortez sits in on one of Marina’s Shibari lectures at Pinnacle. He is a journalist who has so much hurt and anger inside of him that he needs to submit to clear his mind.
James has seen and experienced things that most people only see in their nightmares. The traditional ways of dealing with this pain inside of him has not worked. He knows Shibari will work, but only under Marina’s hands. The healing becomes twofold as she performs the ritual to heal James.
What a powerful story of healing! While it is very non-traditional in method, James and Marina have wounds that are healed through the power of Shibari. Ms. Bradley has written a very sensual tale with this one.
Rarely do I get to read a BDSM novel with such intimate moments between the characters, yet The Beauty of Surrender is a rare treasure. This is not a book about sex, though the sex scenes are sensual. This is a set of stories about two couples who must learn to trust one another in order to experience the subspace where they can escape the things in their minds. The intensity of emotions was unexpected on my part, but there is so much passion between the covers of this book. Ms. Bradley is truly a gifted author and I encourage you to add this novel to your erotic collection.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More