You know that feeling when you do something and wonder why you’ve never done it before because it feels so good? That’s exactly how I feel about Joey W. Hill books. As soon as I finished Natural Law (Nature of Desire #2), I became a Joey W. Hill addict. I couldn’t wait to fulfill my scheduled blog tasks so that I could finally settle down to what I REALLY wanted to read 🙂 And now that I have, I wonder if I’ll ever read BDSM erotica without comparing it to Joey’s books. For a BDSM erotica fan, I’ve sure been missing the crown jewels of BDSM erotica. And I’ll explain why… after the synopsis 🙂
All the books are structured as stand-alones with recurring characters. So having read book #2, I’d already met Marguerite. She’s earned herself quite a reputation at The Zone, an exclusive BDSM club. They call her the Ice Queen. The Mistress everyone wants to learn from… emulate. However, due to a computer error, it’s discovered that she lacks the mentoring program stipulation required of all Zone Doms, which includes spending a number of hours learning about BDSM from the submissive’s perspective. Which is where Tyler Winterman comes in. If Marguerite is THE Mistress at the Zone, he’s THE Master. To anyone else, these two are as similar as it could possibly get. But Tyler knows better. And when Marguerite chooses him for her training, he sees the prime opportunity to prove to her what he’s always suspected her to be, a switch.
It made no sense at all. Tyler was a sexual Dominant. She was a Dominant. There should be the attraction of mutual admiration but why this? This indefinable, overwhelming feeling?
After reading my first Joey W. Hill book, I declared her my newest addiction. And this book just underscored that fact. It’s the way it’s written, not just erotica, it’s like art… beautiful flowing words that capture the reader, teach the reader, arouse the reader, sometimes shock the reader… and when it’s all said and done, I cursed my job for not allowing me the time to read the entire series in one sitting.
But back to the story. Tyler.. sigh… Tyler. Arrogant, self-aware Tyler.
“You know why you’re fascinated with me, when you’ve had so many pretty boys at your beck and call? Because you’ve never trusted yourself with a man.
Yes, Marguerite has purposely kept herself away from anyone who could challenge her. She has secrets. Scars that she’d prefer to remain hidden. But she feels this unimagibable pull to Tyler. She wants to fight it, she tries to fight it, but just like a knot on a piece of rope, the more she pulls, the tighter the knot becomes. And though she’s so damaged, Tyler wants to fight for her. She’s just… different.
All the miserable things he’d seen, all the things he’d been unable to prevent, had given him what he needed to be the man who could love her and care for her forever. He knew it. He would fight the demons in her dreams for her, give her back her smile as a gift she’d earned a thousand times over. It wasn’t egotism or wishful thinking, he simply knew it as truth. He just had to get her to believe it. When he looked at her he saw his own soul looking back at him, the lost piece of himself.
As an avid BDSM erotica reader, I realized the difference I felt whilst reading this book. It’s the psychology behind it, the way she explores it. The way I finally feel as if every other book concentrated too much on the physical without giving us the psychological aspect of it… it’s not light, so be warned. If you are looking to dip your toes into BDSM erotica, then look elsewhere. But if you truly enjoy the genre, you’ll love it.
NB: This is not a standalone…. Tyler and Marguerite’s story is too complex for one book 🙂 So guess what I’m reading next 😉
Amazon Buy Link – Ice Queen by Joey W. Hill