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Breathless by Sarah Sanders

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Short, sweet and sexy – we loved this book. Lara is a movie star whose career has crashed and burnt. She is in the throes o...

In Helen's Hands by Nanisi Barrett D'Arnuk



Picking up a BDSM novel is uncommon for us. This is not a genre that appeals to us or even one where we can understand the characters even slightly. This one ensures that we don’t venture into that genre ever again.

Mickey transcribes music and sometimes plays piano as one of the unseen back up musicians in the pit. She has idolised Helen Robins, a famous jazz pianist forever. When she gets an opportunity to actually play, albeit invisibly, in one of Helen’s shows, she is thrilled. At the after-party, Helen offers Mickey a transcribing job. Mickey completes it diligently and Helen invites Mickey to New York (from Boston) to work with her for a few weeks (months?). When Mickey starts working with Helen, she soon stumbles upon an unexpected scene which shakes her but also arouses her. Immediately after, Helen offers and Mickey accepts a BDSM relationship.

This book is intense in its depiction of sadism, bondage and dominance. From what we know, there is a lot more discussion (than shown in this book) around the rules of engagement between the parties before they get into this kind of a relationship/lifestyle. A lot of it felt like plain cruelty and torture to us and we just had to abandon this book. This far surpasses the BDSM benchmark set for us by The Story of L. Couple of other BDSM books that we could read without totally cringing were Ticket to Love and At Her Feet (though the ‘mommy’ aspect in this put us off). So far the one BDSM book that we’ve enjoyed has been Never Knew Until You – call it BSDM 101, but that is just about how much we can really take.

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