Big news! I am hosting The Spanking Stories Book Club over at Celeste Jones' this Friday.
I love book club. I love getting my nerd on over there, and now I get to host. Woohoo! I am drunk with power!
Anyway, we are talking about Natasha Knight's Aching to Submit so if you have not read it yet- buy it now!
I read it this past fall when it came out and this is what I had to say about it:
Sophie is married to Michael, and he adores her. She loves him and she knows how much he loves her, but she is left wanting more. She fantasizes about submitting herself to a dominant man. She even goes so far as to visit a BDSM club, alone, to see if she can rid herself of her desire. Sophie is on a journey, one she thinks she has to go alone. Michael is hurt that she never shared her secret. Now that Sophie has lied and hidden things from her husband, is it too late for them to continue on this journey together?
Natasha Knight does a superb job in delving into the story of a woman who is letting herself explore her need of submission. I've read a lot of spanking fiction, and a lot of the time the spanking in the relationship is established before the story starts, or one of the characters is into the lifestyle and it is quickly established from the beginning "this is what happens". Aching to Submit starts from the very beginning- the emotional first conversations between a couple starting to explore a possible relationship in a D/s lifestyle. It struck all kinds of chords for me, it made me emotional, it made me root for Michael and Sophie to find their way, it also made me pretty hot. But that was expected!
I think this book is relatable for any person who has ever felt like they had to keep a part of them hidden away. Opening yourself up and making yourself vulnerable to the person you cherish most in your life is a scary thing- Natasha did a great job demonstrating that.
And now, a treat, an excerpt! I think this part clearly demonstrates all of the conflicting emotions Sophie is having. Sophie has come to the BDSM club, L'Opera, and is just about to be confronted by the club's owner, Kyan, who has taken her under his wing:
Yum! It gives me goosebumps.
Here are some places where you can buy it:
Don't forget: Friday! Stop by Celeste Jones' so we can discuss!