Raven’s August Indie eBook Review: Holiday Submission


Holiday Submission cover art

Credit: Marilyn Lakewood

Author: Marilyn Lakewood
Title: Hollywood Submission
Genre: BDSM Erotica / Romance
ISBN: 9781939564450
Words: 21,300
‘Caro Anderson feared two things. The wrong kind of sexual dominant—and never finding the right one. Cruel lessons taught her not to give her heart—but her heart is what Rhys Devlin demands. Together they discover how much is enough, and what they truly need.’


Woo, another lunch time read devoured during one of my lunch breaks. I’m getting pretty good at this. 😉 At first glance, this story seemed like just my thing. Dipping beneath the cover and reading it proved exactly that.

Cover:

Simple. Clean. Cute.
Good choice of font and all the information is there in a non obtrusive and stylish way. I even like the image. All round good’un as far as I’m concerned.

Story:

Caro is looking for a Dom. One who can give her want she wants needs from a D/s relationship. To get this she has enlisted the help of a professional Dom (Rhys) and given herself over to him for the weekend. Her safe word? Kiss me.
Rhys wants nothing more than to do exactly that, but before he can, he needs to make her use the safe word.
Cue smexxyness.
Not quite read something like this before. There are lots of stories of women looking for ‘real’ Doms and going gooey when they finally get what they want, but this had something new to it. Something fresh. The ‘kiss me’ angle was something I really liked for the insight it gave into both characters. It added new dimensions to the whole story.

Characters:

Caro felt a lot like many other BDSM story heroines I’ve come across. Hardness and hardship in the past have lead her to shut herself off and only the ‘right Dom’ can bring her out of her shell and let her experience the joy that is true submission. Yes… but what does she really want? What does she like outside of kink? Who is this woman? Unfortunately, despite how much I like her, I’m not sure I know.
Rhys is the male version of what I described above. I want to know more about what’s going on behind the kinky head.
Part of me wonders if it’s the length of the piece that ensures we never get as close as I’d like, but I’m not sure that’s it. I wish I could put my finger on it exactly.

Eroticism:

Plenty. Tasteful and sensual. Certainly fun to read. There was one scene I disliked in which there was another man involved. Not because of the additional body, but because of the actions of Caro and Rhys. Without giving too much away his actions seemed unnecessarily mean on an emotional level which didn’t quite fit with the idea that he wanted to keep this new sub all to himself. Beyond that, there was a pretty good mix of the tenderness and the pain often associated with BDSM couplings. Testing of limits (but sensibly) and not once did I fear that either party didn’t know what they were doing.

Overall experience:

No complaints about the text or story, it was a fun little read. For my liking, the narrative leapt between heads a little too much (maybe that was the problem I was having with characters?) but I suppose that’s a good device for giving over both sides of the story.

Final score:

Average across all scores is a nice clean 4 fireballs.

I liked this a lot. Again, maybe because my head is so full of ‘Slippers & Chains’ right now I’m seeking out a lot of BDSM. But it’s nice to see someone else handle the subject in a way that doesn’t make me want to gouge out my eyes with a dull spoon.

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About Raven ShadowHawk

I take great pleasure in writing erotica and am merely one side of the proverbial coin. My other half, 'Ileandra Young' writes fantasy and the occasional comedy piece. My six-part series 'Meeting Each Other' is available in full, through Amazon and Smashwords while my debut novella 'Sugar Dust' is now re-released (!) available through Amazon via Little Vamp Press.
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