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"And now, friends, Lana will offer her submission to her new husband," Damien Lowell said.
Julia scowled. Submission?
Lana and Julia had chatted on the phone earlier in the week to discuss the final wedding plans. Lana had warned that the union would be a bit untraditional. She'd been vague about the details, but she'd made Julia promise to say nothing during the ceremony.
They'd been friends since they were ten, and there was no way Julia would miss the festivities, even if they were a bit odd.
Until now, everything had been what she'd expected.
Lana and Ben were being married at their friend Damien's mountain home. Damien was also performing the ceremony.
About two dozen of the couple's closest friends had gathered in the great room and, at dusk, Lana had descended the stairs of Damien's picturesque home, carrying a single, beautiful, white rose to match her full-length gown.
The only gift requested had been a candle. In a romantic gesture, the pair had said they wanted all their friends to light their way into their future.
As Ben and Lana had joined hands and faced Damien, fat snowflakes had fallen from the cloudy sky. The vows had included the word obey, which was somewhat unusual among their circle of friends. But everything else had been normal. Lana had placed her rose on the mantel behind Damien before she and Ben had exchanged rings.
"Lana?" Damien prompted.
"Yes, Sir," Lana said.
'Sir'? Until tonight, Julia hadn't met Damien. She knew he was a friend of the groom's, and he was drop-dead, movie star handsome. The man had rakishly long, dark hair that curled at his nape, and he wore an indefinable air of command as easily as he filled out his charcoal grey suit. But still, for her friend to call him 'Sir'...?
Lana cast her gaze at the floor and gracefully turned her back to her new husband.
Ben undid the row of tiny buttons that held her gown closed.
What the hell?
Ben drew the material from Lana's shoulders and let the dress fall to the floor.
Lana, wearing stacked heels, a merry widow and stockings, stepped out of the dress, and another man scooped it up and laid it across a chair.
Like Damien, this man was also ridiculously tall. That was where the resemblance ended. This man had an olive complexion that hinted at a Mediterranean background. His head was shaved. He wore black jeans and a black T-shirt that revealed a number of tattoos. A thick, knotted silver bracelet adorned his left wrist, and a silver stud pierced his right earlobe. He could have been a pirate in a former life.
Suddenly unconventional took on a whole new meaning. Julia had never been more distressed. Part of her wanted to make an escape, and a bigger part of her wanted to shake some sense into her friend. But she was riveted in place by her promise to remain silent.
With a grace that spoke of practice, Lana knelt.
Jesus. All through college, they'd each vowed to keep their independence. They'd pushed against the glass ceiling, and they'd fought for their positions in corporate America. And now her friend was kneeling in front of her husband, almost naked, for their guests to see?
Julia wondered if she was the only one who was frozen in shock.
Lana spread her legs a bit farther apart, and she leant forward to kiss one of Ben's shoes.
From the front of the room, Damien looked over his shoulder at her, his eyebrows raised.
Firm, relentless hands landed on her shoulders. Her heart rate increased with her panic.
"Be quiet," a man whispered harshly into her ear.
"I said be quiet."
She gritted her teeth. The man's tone was commanding.
He pulled her back a bit, and she inhaled the unmistakable-and sexy-scent of leather.
In that same rich and rough, for-her-ears-only voice, he added, "Or else I'll haul your sweet ass out of here and turn you over my knee."
For the first time in her life, she was rendered speechless.
"Lana's doing this of her own choice," he continued.
She struggled against his grip, but he dug his fingers deeper into her flesh.
"Surely she told you to expect some unconventional things."
"Trust her," he urged. "Like she trusted you."
Posted March 16, 2013
I really enjoy a romance book that sucks you in with deeper undertones of trust, courage, communication and risking your heart to find
your truth. This heavily BDSM themed novel hits all of those points for me. Julia knows she does not want a man to control her and
seeks only ‘nice’ men i.e. boring and bland. When she attends her best friend Lana’s wedding, she is shocked at the epilogue – a
collaring ceremony. Seeing her friend on her knees pledging to submit to her new husband is more than Julia can stand. This part is
really hilarious. Fortunately she is prevented from interrupting by Marcus, a Dom friend of the groom. He recognizes what Julia does
not; she is a natural submissive. Julia is curious and after some (ahem) persuasion, agrees to explore so Marcus proceeds to educate
her in the lifestyle. And what an education!! With teachers like that, I’d never leave school!
I read many BDSM themed books and this one added to my knowledge in a most satisfying way. You could see the progression as Julia
struggled – fighting all the way - to come to terms with the concept of a submissive holding all of the power. I really like how the author
described those moments when Julia ‘gets it’. Those light bulbs going off were blinding. This was a fast read with lots and lots of hot,
steamy, very erotic sex. But overall it is a love story of two people who manage to connect in a way the rest of us dream about. At least if
you love dominant men. Sigh…
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Posted March 16, 2013
The writing is great. I can't dispute that. Also, the author knows her stuff when it comes to BDSM relationships. So if you're looking for a hot BDSM relationship type of book, this is definitely the book for you. Hands down, this author seems to be the best in her category.
But if you're looking for more of a hot sex, but really emotionally connected relationship book, with a great back story-this isn't the book for you. This book is not for those who don't understand why anyone would want to TRULY be dominated and it isn't for the faint of heart. And even though it wasn't my thing, I can still recognize the author's excellent writing, knowledge if the topic, and good story. So while I only gave it a 4, because the story didn't appeal to me. If I were rating it on other BDSM fictional stories, it would probably be a five.
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Posted March 26, 2013
Finally an author who got BDSM correct. I loved the story, characters, and most of all it was 366 pages on my nook. Fanyastic writing.
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Posted October 31, 2013
Reviewed by Victoria
Book provided by Total E-Bound Publishing
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
With This Collar is the first book in the Mastered series by Sierra Cartwright. I chose this book because after reading the summery I wanted to read about Julia’s struggle to submit to Marcus. The struggle between them was very thought provoking. It takes a lot for a strong woman to submit to someone.
Julia is a strong and independent woman who seems to struggle with the concept of submission. She cannot find a balance between being independent and a submissive.
Marcus is a very strict master. He is over confident in his abilities. The way he threatens to spank Julia when she is about to speak up during the collaring ceremony seems very unrealistic.
I found it odd that Lana did not warn or talk to Julia about the collaring ceremony. I find it hard to believe that they would have combined the wedding and the collaring ceremony without making sure that the guests understood what they were going to watch. I would think it the collaring ceremony would have more meaning if all of the guests understood what was going on.
The chemistry between Marcus and Julia is explosive. The sex scenes were off the charts. There was something missing between Julia and Marcus. They were such opposites it’s hard to see them have a future together.
I think Marcus came on too strong. I think most women (regardless of where they were) would have been offended by his actions and the liberties he took. While in the end, I am still not sure they are a good fit for each other. It was a very interesting read. Overall, I enjoyed reading about Julia’s struggle to submit to Marcus. I will be picking up the next book in the series soon.
Posted October 10, 2013
I had read this book sometime ago and had forgotten to do a review. The story was basically BDSM 101. It also was shorter than I like a novel to be. The story was steamy but it wasn't very realistic and could have been written better had it been longer. The author should have taken her time developing a relationship between Marcus and Julia. The fact that Julia had no clue that her "best friend" was into an aternative lifestyle just seemed stupid, and to not be forwarned about the ceremony was a totally rude thing to do to a friend.
Kinky fantasy - HOT, BDSM reality - NOT.
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Posted May 27, 2013
I've never read a book that was just too unbelievable. The first few pages were believable. A friend goes to a friend's wedding and finds out it's full on BDSM. The shock and responses were realistic. Then, the Dom comes in and now the once shocked friend is into BDSM. Poof! Enter suspended reality! This happens all in the same day. As the storyline progresses it gets worse. I've read Sierra Cartwright's books before, but this one is just too far fetched. I'm sure others would like it because it has the full-on Dom/Sub lifestyle but..if it starts off unbelievable..you've lost my interest.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2013
Strong will doesn't often bend easily. But when it does...WOW!
This is a good read however I wanted more building relationship from Marcus and Julia.
I wanted her more protesting if she is against it...don't get me wrong she fought but not hard enough (I felt) Marcus- amazing and patient- captured very well.
I do hope Damien has his own book. He seem to make me purr too *shrugs*
Thank you Ms. Sierra Cartwright for your talents.
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It's sickening how an independant women goes from outrage to submissive with a man she doesn't even know in the space of less than an hour. There is no relationship absolutely no time to develope trust. The author does't know anything about a true D/s relationship. Don't waste your money.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 25, 2013
Julia is an independent woman who equates being submissive with being a doormat. Marcus is a dominant male who shows Julia the error of her thoughts through expriencing the BDSM lifestyle.
Communication and trust go between Marcus and Julia eventhough she doesn't want a dominate man. Or does she? Julia gains an understanding of a D/s relationship and what it means to be submissive. Worth reading.
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Posted March 15, 2013
There was no chemistry between the two main characters. There just didnt seem to be any true feelings. They didnt seem interested in getting to know each other outside of Dom/Sub roles.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 15, 2013
Though I enjoy reading a good erotica book every now and then, Sierra's Catwrights guide on how-to-be-a-good-sub, made me realise that I've been missing a lot.
First off, Marcus lines are simply hilarious in their own twisted little way, but then again he's the master, who would debate that ?
Julia, on the other hand, being the girl that aknowledges her inner desires, turmoil after turmoil wasn't as annoying as I though it would be.
It was an uplifting read, despite it's provoking content and I found myself wanting Julia to end up with Marcus since their first get together.
''With this collar'', my sence of how romance normally works, went to a whole new level.
It's a definite, both entairtaining and elevating novel for the like-minded of the erotica genre, unless you bear more similiarities with Julia over the experimenting field.
Posted March 13, 2013