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Monday, July 9, 2012

Review/Giveaway - Maid For Pleasure by Lucy Rodgers

Title: Maid For Pleasure
Author: Lucy Rodgers
Format: Ebook provided by Dark Mind Book Tours for review

Insurance actuary Libby Beckett is the epitome of a successful, independent, modern woman. With her six figure salary, she has a condo overlooking the beach, a BMW, and a closet full of fabulous shoes. So why isn’t she happy? And why do her fantasies always involve whips, bondage, and sexual slavery? Her desires are impossible to explain her buttoned-down accountant boyfriend, which is why when she stumbles across a website for a quasi-dating service for submissive women called Maid for It, she signs up. She’s quickly “matched” to Gavin Huntley, an engineer and inventor possessed of a small fortune and his own private island in the Caribbean. After carefully weighing the risks and rewards, as any good actuary should do, Libby breaks it off with her boyfriend and heads to Gavin’s island for what she promises herself will be two weeks to explore her darkest, dirtiest desires. When her time is up, she’ll say her safe word and, as outlined in Maid for It’s contract, Gavin will be required to release her.

But Gavin knows what Libby truly needs, and it’s not to be free. She’s made for pleasure—his pleasure—and he intends to put her to good use. Forever.

Wow, I am really becoming a fan of dark erotica!  It is books like this one that just draw me in.  It’s not just about sex, although sex – naughty sex – is a major player.  But authors like Lucy Rodgers really know how to make the story realMaid for Pleasure has absolutely made it to my favorites list!

It starts off with Libby on a plane to a private island owned by Gavin Huntley.  They’ve been matched together by an online service called Maid for It.  She is in her maid’s uniform, as requested.  She has no luggage, everything will be provided for her during her stay.  Here is the catch: Gavin is under the impression that she will be staying indefinitely.  Libby knows she has a two week vacation from work and will be leaving at the end.  So right away she is entering into this situation with a lie.

But Gavin, oh so creative and extremely intelligent Gavin… he is on to her.  He knows more than he lets on.  Sure, Libby needs a change; she’s trying to fulfill a fantasy.  But Gavin wants a real sub because he is a real Dom.   And within ten seconds of meeting her face to face, he makes her call him Master.  He just commands respect in a way that makes you want to give it to him.  I’m willing to bet nearly every woman reading this book is ready to call him Master!

                “Consent is King”

Oh yes, consent is king in the D/s world.  There are safe words and dropping the scarf, and all sorts of precautions to keep the sub from doing something he or she doesn’t want to do.  But is that really a proper D/s relationship?  If you always have your “get out of jail free” card, are you really giving it your everything, are you really submitting or just playing a role?  Gavin knows this.  He knows that if you truly can change your mind at any moment then you aren’t really giving yourself to him completely. 

I really loved this story.  I loved how Gavin was so strong and yet so caring.  I loved how hard he pushed Libby to her very limits, and then a bit more.  The sex scenes in this story were hot hot hot.  They were fabulous, really.  If you are into dark erotica or even just erotica, there is a little something for almost everybody. 

Of course, I’m sure no one is really revealing the big twists in this story.  The twists that will make your jaw drop.  The twists that will make you fearful, have you repeating “no no no no no no!!” just like I was at the parts you’d never think you’d be saying that to.  The twists that make you think, “yep, that’s perfect.”

This story, albeit short, really packed a punch.  It will leave you reeling, and then it will kiss the wounds and make them better.  This story is the Dom and you are the sub.  You find yourself submitting to Gavin and he is a fictional character…isn’t he?  I can say without a doubt that this is one of those stories that I will be rereading from time to time.  It has exciting moments, fearful in its clutches moments, tender moments, and of course, heated moments.  I think the characters are dynamic and enigmatic.  I think that Libby didn’t realize what she was getting herself into, but that she got exactly what she needed.  This story will definitely take you on a ride you won’t forget. 

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Lucy Rodgers

Lucy Rodgers writes dark erotic tales that explore the three C’s: consent, coercion, and captivity. Her stories always include some combination of forced seduction, questionable consent, lack of safe words, indoctrination, and slavery/ownership. Lucy’s books are intended for mature readers who understand the difference between fantasy and reality and who are looking for erotic literature that explores not just the physical but also the psychological and emotional elements of sexual bondage and domination.

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