10.16.2011

Blog Tour: Sapphire (Review & Excerpt)

Synopsis:

A successful executive, M. Taylor Hamilton is on track with her ten-year plan. Too bad her personal life consists of hitting the gym and grocery shopping. Enter the seductive Adam Kirliss. They may have a working relationship, but everything changes at an office party when he handcuffs her to the rail of a yacht.

Taylor writes off the adventure as too much champagne, but when Adam challenges her to a date, she agrees to meet up with him. And follow his rules. They share a night of exquisite intimacy, brimming with both pain and pleasure. But afterward, fearful of losing her heart, Taylor pulls back emotionally.

Adam is determined to prove that she longs for the loss of control he can give her—and the passionate release it provides. How can he make her see that he wants her, and not just her body?

Review: 

Sapphire is a short read, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in content.

I found myself pushed to my emotional limits while reading Sapphire.  Taylor guards herself so carefully, always staying in complete control of everything in her life.  When Adam comes along and challenges her, everything she has built up starts to crack.  He forces her to acknowledge that she wants to let go, she wants to lose control, and more than that, she wants to be controlled.

Adam sees the submissive in Taylor, or as he likes to call her, M.  He recognizes that underneath the hard exterior is a woman who is ready and willing to bend, as long as the right pressure is applied.  The first encounter that M had with Adam was hot enough.  It touched on a bit of bondage and exhibitionism, as well as a bit of dominance.  But when M takes Adam up on his offer to join him for an evening, things really start to heat up.

It was hard for me to like M at first.  She was so closed up to the rest of the world that the author couldn't help but close her up to the reader as well.  Adam was a little tricky.  I liked him, especially his sex appeal.  But as the story progressed, I found myself flip-flopping on whether or not I liked him.  After I finished the book and sat back to think about it, I realized that I really did like Adam.  He was never cruel, never demeaning and always in complete control of both M and himself.  He pushed M (and me) to her limits, forcing her to face her fears of losing control.  As an experienced dominant, Adam was sure to remind M that all she had to do was say her safe word to bring everything to an end.  Throughout the evening, Adam gave M time to process each of the different experiences before moving on to the next.  His patience was endearing and made me really like him.

While I have read some BDSM stories before, it wasn't until reading this that I realized what BDSM is all about.  Most people think that it's all about spanking and bondage because it's thrilling and sexy.  I'm sure it is for most people.  But I think that while it is thrilling and sexy on the surface, there's so much more to it than that.  When I sit back and think about this story, it's amazing to me how much M's experience with Adam allowed her to grow.  Adam was able to strip her down (figuratively speaking), expose her, force her to face her fears and then build her back up again.  And I think that is what the root of BDSM is.  Finding someone you trust enough to be completely exposed, without fear of ridicule or judgement.

Rating:


This story, while full of sexy moments that are sure to make you blush, is about more than just the sex.  It's about vulnerability and trust.  I connected with this story and the characters and their experiences have stayed with me even after I finished reading.

Heat Factor:


This story is chock full of sexy moments, with a focus on BDSM.  The chemistry and heat between M and Adam is scorching hot and their experiences together will leave you blushing and out of breath!

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Excerpt:
Kirliss captured her other wrist and held them close in front of her, his warm fingers massaging her skin, while he studied her face. The boat surged over a wave, disturbing her balance. Kirliss’s unusual eyes caught the light, boring into her.

“This is silly,” she tried.

“Do you want me to make you stay?”

“What?” Taylor choked. She couldn’t let him treat her this way. “No! You’ll do no such—”

She lost her breath entirely when he pressed up against her. Thinking he was trying to embrace her, she pulled away and found herself backed against the brass railing.

By the time she gathered her flustered thoughts, her wrists were handcuffed to the rail behind her. Mortified, a bit afraid and—worse—suddenly and wildly aroused…


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Jeffe (pronounced Jeff- ee) took the crooked road to writing, stopping off at neurobiology, religious studies and environmental consulting before her creative writing began appearing in places like Redbook, Puerto del Sol, Wyoming Wildlife, Under the Sun and Aeon. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow (2001), was a Wyoming Arts Council roster artist, when she lived in Wyoming, and received the state’s 2005 Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award for a woman writer of exceptional talent in any creative writing genre and the 2007 Fellowship for Poetry. Jeffe has contributed to several anthologies, Drive: Women’s True Stories of the Open Road. (2002), Hard Ground (2003), Bombshells (2007) and Going Green (2009). Her first book, Wyoming Trucks, True Love and the Weather Channel was published by University of New Mexico Press in 2004. An erotic novella, Petals and Thorns, came out under her pen name of Jennifer Paris in 2010, heralding yet another branch of her path, into erotica and romantic fantasy fiction. Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and frequently serves as a guinea pig for an acupuncturist-in-training.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reviewing, Kelly! I'm so glad that you "got" the story I wanted to tell.

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