Review: With This Collar by Sierra Cartwright

Posted September 15, 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / 1 Comment

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Review: With This Collar by Sierra Cartwright
With This Collar
Author: Sierra Cartwright
Series: Mastered #1
Publisher: Total-E-Bound Publishing
Release date: February 18th 2013
Genres: Adult, Erotic, Romance
Pages: 238
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US | The Book Depository | Kobo

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Rating:
Heat Rating: four-half-flames

Julia Lyle will have nothing to do with domineering men, no matter how tall, dark, and sexy. But Dom Marcus Cavendish will be satisfied with nothing less than collaring the fiercely independent Julia.

Nothing could have shocked her more…

Julia Lyle is invited to her best friend’s wedding and is stunned when Lana kneels to accept her husband’s collar. When Julia starts to object, firm, relentless hands land on her shoulders. The man behind her threatens to turn her over his knee if she interrupts. She’s outraged, but there’s no doubt he’s serious.

After the ceremony, he offers her a glimpse into her friend’s lifestyle, if she’s brave enough to accept.

Master Marcus Cavendish is everything she doesn’t want in a man—dominant, self-assured and arrogant. So why can’t she resist him?

Telling herself that learning about the lifestyle will make her a better friend, Julia agrees to submit to Master Marcus, but only for the evening. Firm and unrelenting in his handling of her, he introduces her to his tawse and the pleasure/pain of a spanking delivered by a competent Dom. The experience unnerves her, making her question everything she thought she knew about relationships, and his forced orgasms leave her shattered.

No doubt the scene seduced her, and that makes her doubly determined to avoid him. She has fought hard for her freedom and vowed only to date nice men, and Master Marcus is anything but safe.

Marcus is undeterred. Julia is a natural sub. The way she responded to his touch, his voice, his punishment proved it. Now he has to convince her to yield to him, submitting to his tawse as she kneels to accept his collar.

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The Faerie Queen’s review

Uh. So yeah. This one was free in a BookBub email, and I was intrigued… This is the first BDSM erotic romance I’ve ever read. (No, I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, for several reasons.) I was curious to try it, especially given the description (independent woman tries the lifestyle out for a night for ‘research’ purposes) and the reviews (exposes 50 Shades as terrible). So I went for it.

WELL, MY DEARIES. I can tell you two things.

  1. It was educational. By contrasting Marcus and Julia’s controlling ex, it showed how BDSM does not automatically equal being abusive (though that’s not to say there aren’t abusive Doms). So much care was put into showing that everything is consensual, and explaining how BDSM can work in various ways for various people, all to their tastes. Safety, consent, and communication were repeatedly brought up. I’ve read several Goodreads reviews from people who seem to know the lifestyle themselves, and the general opinion is that this was a fairly accurate portrayal of BDSM.
  2. It was hot. Wow. Despite being almost clinical at times, the information being shared actually increased my anticipation for the good stuff, which is exactly how it felt for the heroine. As she was getting tense and restless, so was I. The chemistry was insane, and yet I felt like I was learning at the same time. I have to applaud the author for managing to strike that balance!

Earlier, I lied. I did actually try another book labeled as “BDSM”, but it was an angsty romantic suspense type thing, and it was neither educational nor entertaining, so I DNF’d it. As such, I decided to pretend it never happened because yawn.

SO. This was a success. Will I be reading more BDSM books? Honestly, I don’t know. I feel like I did so well finding this one that I’m sort of nervous that others won’t be able to live up to it, or get the representation all wrong. Would I recommend it? Yeah, actually, if you’re curious to learn more about the topic.

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I would recommend this book to…

…the curious reader who wants to explore and learn about something a bit kinky.

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About Sierra Cartwright

Sierra is a USA Today, International Best-Selling author who wrote her first book at age nine and hasn't stopped since.

Sierra invites you to share the complex journey of love and desire, of surrender and commitment.

Her own journey has taught her that trusting takes guts and courage, and her work is a celebration for everyone who is willing to take that risk.

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