The Dom Project by Heloise Belleau and Solace Ames
Released: December 23, 2013
Genre: BDSM erotica
Publisher: Carina Press
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: By day, Robin Lessing has a successful career as a university archivist. By night, she blogs about her less-than-successful search for Mr. Tall, Dark and Dominant. Living up to her handle "The Picky Submissive," she's on the verge of giving up and settling for vanilla with a side of fuzzy handcuffs when she discovers her best friend and colleague has a kinky side, too.
Sexy, tattooed techie John Sun is an experienced Dom who never lacks for playmates, male or female. If he can't satisfy Robin's cravings, maybe no one can—after all, he knows her better than anyone. So he offers to help her master the art of submission for one month.
Robin eagerly agrees to John's terms, even the pesky little rule forbidding any friendship-ruining sex. But rules are made to be broken, and once they begin their stimulating sessions, it's not long before she's ready to beg him for more—much more…
As the head of Saylor University’s archival department, Robin Lessing is organized, detailed, and a complete Type A personality. She also is a submissive, although less success in this venture. As a way to vent frustrations as well as document her journey, she created a blog call The Picky Submissive. In the past, she has been lacking in serious relationships but not for sex.
John Sun is the laidback A/V guy on campus with his typical uniform of black t-shirts, boots, and his sleeve of tattoos. Even though he’s known Robin since they were undergrads, he has been less fervent in his ambitions but that does not make him any less intelligent. Because he is able to leave his work at the door, he is able to live it up spending much of his time focusing as a Dominant with many playdates.
Although best friends, after Robin makes an offhanded comment, John begins to suspect there may be more to her than he knows. With just a little searching he not only finds her blog but that she is attending a bdsm themed event, so he decides to pay her a visit. At this point they both admit to each other the parts of their lives they previously didn’t know. He decides to help her define her limits as well as her fetishes and interests but with no sex.
I think anyone who has either tried online dating or tiptoed into the lifestyle can relate to her issues of dealing with wannabe Dominants poaching the newbies. About halfway through, there is a scene which raised my eyebrows and made me a bit uncomfortable…the whole “your kink is not my kink” thing. As distressing as that particular section is, it is equally pivotal to the overall arc of the story. While the humiliation play is somewhat unsettling, there are other scenes more than scintillating to entice you to keep going. Several instances exist where Robin likes to run and John likes to place blame and anger; I wished some expansion for the reasons behind these behaviors. I believe it could not only broaden the knowledge of their history but put their relationship on a different level. Overall, it is an interesting foray to understand how this submissive finds her Wonderland.
Rating: 4 stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.