Top positive review
Wonderful romance & love letter to the BDSM community
Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2022
Sara Cate dedicates this book to “all the good girls”. All I can say is: thank goodness for all the good girls, because this book is both fire and balm for the soul of any reader who loves good girls, dominant males, the kink community, and a big helping of praise and affirmation.
I know from experience that sometimes there’s nothing quite like being told you’ve been a good girl. The best girl. The sweetest girl. To be told you’re worth it–whatever “it” is. I also know there’s something about seeing someone being on their knees for you, being so sweet for you, doing anything and everything to please you. Yeah, I’m versatile like that.
A lot of authors write kink-centric books and they don’t feel authentic. They don’t read as authentic. It’s a manufactured experience. And yeah, so maybe that’s fiction and I shouldn’t be surprised, but since I’ve done my time in and out of clubs and parties and dynamics, I know good kink writing when I read it. This novel is the kind of BDSM-centric writing I wish every one of those novels could be, because it actually rang true for once.
Charlie’s curiosity once she discovered who she was working for felt as authentic as my own when I first encountered what some people can and will do behind closed doors (and sometimes not even closed doors, lol). At one point Charlie talks about it like it’s falling down a rabbit hole. To be honest, that’s exactly what it can feel like. Her first experience inside a working club read as honest and familiar from so many stories I’ve heard from fellow players before, and her full-on embrace of submission once she discovered it matches just as many stories. Sometimes, when something fits, it just fits. There’s no shame in that, and I fully believe that was one of Sara’s largest and most firm points in writing this book: don’t be ashamed of what you love, who you love, or what makes you happy. If your happiness comes while kneeling for your millionaire boss, then who’s anyone else to judge?
It’s a wonderful romance novel and an even better love letter to the BDSM community.