Trusting the Knot by Kara Winters
Released: July 28, 2014
Genre: BDSM erotica
Reviewed by Sarah
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He may hold the power, but she must teach him how to trust it again…
While Sasha Caesario worries of finishing college with the burden of student loans, she discovers an advertisement for a well-paid summer job as a submissive. BDSM has been a curiosity to her, ever since watching a stage show in Los Angeles. However stepping into her new role requires much more than ropes and chains…
As a Master Dominant, Dr. Richard Anderson has had his share of the spotlight, being a co-founder of one of the nation’s top BDSM retreats. But past troubles forced him to stay away from the crowds. Now, being urged by his surrounding friends to take on a new submissive for the summer, he reluctantly agrees. He’ll never let this new girl into his world. Or into his heart…
But when Sasha arrives, that feeling to control and protect comes charging through as he sees her potential. Yet as the summer progresses, and the closer they become, his walls begin to crumble. Sasha can see the man he once was, but is she too late helping him regain the trust he lost years ago?
To pay for her senior year of college, Sasha applies for a job as a submissive for part of her summer. It’s a month long gig which will pay handsomely leaving a bit of pocket money after the bills. Plus it is located in a resort outside of Big Bear. While having never actually submitted, she has been curious of the BDSM for a while. To her, it seems like a win win situation.
Anderson is a grumpy man who has been burned before and now holds resentment and mistrust towards all submissives. Although already an introvert, he now has become further aloof even at the retreat he started. As a defense mechanism he withholds himself from enjoying the lifestyle he finds innate.
Anderson’s closest friends have pushed the issue to hire a submissive for him. So as a forced situation, he is initially quite resistant to it. But after a short period of time, he realizes how new she is and feels the urge to protect and mold her. The bigger question is will she teach him to trust again.
I found this to be intriguing and at times even a bit uncomfortable. I love a good BDSM book! In some ways I would love to get on my soapbox about it not being a responsible view of the lifestyle in how much Sasha would do with Anderson that wasn’t agreed upon, however, we don’t really know what the agreement was other than she accepted to be his submissive for a month. Their relationship also tends to lean towards a 24/7 D/s or even a M/s liaison. I, personally, find the M/s relationships to be unnerving but that has more to do with a your kink is fine it’s just not my kink kind of way. This story seems to lack romance but not emotion. It is an erotic display of an arranged relationship with an option to decide to continue. It reminds me quite a bit of Red Phoenix’s Brie series with a bit of the Hotel Bentmoore series by Shelby Cross.
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.