Wednesday, July 29
This time, he’ll never let her go…
Chicago Special Agent Shane Dominic was in love with Laura Vasquez until the day she left him and married another man. Thirteen years may have passed, but Laura’s never disappeared from his fantasies, or destroyed his desire to learn the truth about why she left him. When her husband, the criminal mastermind behind an international ring of thieves, is murdered, Shane knows this is his one last, desperate chance to learn Laura’s secrets. And he’s not above using their scorching hot passion for one another and a little domination to do it.
One look at Shane, and Laura’s own memories come back to haunt her. Her feelings run deep, but she’d never divulge her secrets—a desperate vow that’s compromised when Shane stuns her by taking her as his captive to a secluded cabin. Here, she will finally belong to him, be subjected to his every tortuously erotic whim, and be forced to trust him with a shocking truth she’s hidden for so long—one that will expose them to a danger closing in on the both of them.
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Most romance readers would readily agree that romance is a fantasy. However, it becomes more difficult to remember the same is true of erotic romance. Some people like to live out their erotic fantasies, but for most people, fantasies remain in the very private world of the individual.
Sexual fantasy is a common human experience. Although most people don’t commonly share the things they imagine for sexual excitement or fulfillment, that doesn’t make what I’m saying any less true. People fantasize about sex. People fantasize before sex. They fantasize during sex.
A very wise person once said that the most important sex organ in the human body is the brain, and I couldn’t agree more.
So what does this have to do with reading an erotic romance that includes bondage or themes of submission and dominance? I think many women become uncomfortable when they’re aroused by such content. Not all women, by any means, but many. They wonder what it says about them if they could become aroused by bondage fantasies or submission fantasies. Here’s where it becomes important to delineate fantasy from reality. Some people might fantasize about certain sexual acts and choose to enact them. Many people don’t, however. That doesn’t mean that the act of fantasy isn’t important, however, as a means of individual and sexual expression.
In fact, fantasy is crucial to sexual expression and sexual identity.
Enacting those fantasies can be fine, too, but I’m focusing here today on what goes on in the head, not the bed.
I think that women today have so much on their shoulders. We have to be in total control of our careers, our relationships and our families. There is a certain appeal that comes with the idea of control being taken away…an allure that a woman may or may not decide to live out in real life. Such a fantasy is fraught with feelings of shame, anger and guilt. After all, the modern woman is taught that she must be independent and in control at all times. Dependency needs—not just for females but for males as well—carry a negative connotation, signifying weakness and helplessness.
Letting go is one thing, but to be forced into submitting to another—and thus one’s own desire—is powerful psychological material, indeed.
Do I think that BDSM or D/s content is for everyone? No, not at all. My point is that what turns you on in fantasy doesn’t have to be something you do in real life. Your fantasies are your own, and no one else’s. They don’t make you weak or strange or perverted. It doesn’t make you selfish for getting turned on by your fantasies and then wanting to share sex with someone else. (Men have been fantasizing before, during and after sex forever and never felt guilty about it. Women shouldn’t either.)
Given their proper forum, I believe healthy fantasies can improve not only sexual expression, but self-confidence and self-esteem. I always joke with my husband that women who read erotic romance are some of the most confident and down-to-earth people I’ve ever met. Knowing what turns you on and owning it (to yourself, at the very least) is, in my opinion, a strong act of self-pride.
Bonus Excerpt from Sweet Restraint:
Her anxious thoughts fueled her performance.
“What, are you worried I’ve got more experience in the bondage arena than you?” she asked, injecting as much scorn in her tone as she could muster.
He gave a small smile. “I think my experience will be sufficient. Now, are you going to lie down or what? The sooner you do the sooner we can both get some rest.”
Laura gave him a mutinous glance before she bent, unzipped her brown leather boots and kicked them off carelessly.
“What did you mean by that? Do you really get into bondage?” she asked. Her tone was purposefully condescending, but she was curious about his response. She lay on her back on the bed, trying not to reveal her anxiety when he bent and leaned over her. Shane believed she had experience with being restrained on a regular basis, after all.
He didn’t make eye contact with her as he begun to unbutton her blouse in a brisk, matter-of-fact manner. Laura’s skin pebbled and her nipples grew erect against the material of her bra when she was exposed to the cool air. He opened his mouth, as though he meant to answer her, but he went completely still instead.
She glanced down to here he stared so fixedly. The pendant on her necklace nestled in the valley of her breasts. A whimper rose in her throat when Shane touched the piece of cut glass with a long finger. The pendant was slightly larger than a quarter in diameter and approximately a half inch thick toward the top. It had been shaped to roughly resemble a heart.
“Do you wear this often?”
“I…yes,” Laura replied, confused by his intensity. “It…It’s not real, but I always thought it was pretty anyway.”
He looked up at her. “How do you know it’s not a real emerald?”
Laura couldn’t stop the blush from heating her cheeks. She knew because she’d taken all of the jewelry Huey had given her during the first year of their marriage—including her wedding ring—in order to sell it. Huey had gambled away his paychecks from the CPD even back then, and Laura could have used the assurance of a nest egg given the bizarre, tenuous circumstances in which she existed. She’d been vigilant about preparing for an emergency since the day she’d been horrified to discover that her bonds to Huey Mays were tied off with steel knots.
She’d already suspected that the emerald was a fake—it was the type of gem one would expect in a prince’s crown, not a cop’s wife’s jewelry box. But she’d at least expected some of the smaller items to be real.
At least her wedding ring.
But perhaps it made the most sense of all that her wedding ring was a fake. Not a particularly clever one either, Laura thought as she recalled the jewelry appraiser’s glance of amused disbelief when she showed it to him.
“Don’t you think I’d know if my own necklace was a piece of glass or a priceless emerald?” she asked Shane bitterly.
He didn’t respond for a moment. His fingertip remained on the multi-faceted surface of the pendant. She knew it was just her imagination but his touch seemed to enliven the trapped fires in the glass, making her skin tingle and burn.
“It’s almost the precise color of your eyes.”
Her heartbeat began to throb loudly in her ears at his low, intimate tone.
She breathed a shaky sigh of relief when he finally moved, reaching behind her to unhook her bra. She shivered when he whisked it off her shoulders and arms and tossed it aside. Laura couldn’t say if she was disappointed or glad when he didn’t even glance at her exposed flesh and reached for her wrists instead.
Her breasts felt strangely large…obvious and vulnerable-prey even though Laura knew very well that the size of them could be labeled ‘medium-sized’ at best. She was acutely aware of her stretched naked torso as he secured her wrists inside the cuff, than used an attached connector hook to attach her to the straps.
“You never answered me. Is bondage really your thing?” she asked as she tugged experimentally on the cuffs and straps once he’d finished. They seemed more than secure. Her fingers couldn’t reach the silver buckle on the back of her wrists. Unlike the metal handcuffs that he’d used earlier, the straps restraining her snugly at present were made of soft, supple leather. She likely would grow stiff from having her arms over her head all night, but at least her elbows were bent and resting comfortably on the pillow.
Shane reached behind her to unzip her skirt. He eventually spoke but Laura wished he would have at least made eye contact with her when he went about this intimate business.
“Does that surprise you?” he asked gruffly. He wore a small smile as he swept her skirt and panties down her thighs.
No, it didn’t. Shane had always been a dominant, alpha male. People had responded to his calm confidence since they were children, looking to him instinctively for leadership and guidance. Even though he’d never used the paraphernalia of the trade on her, so to speak, when they’d been lovers in the past, he’d mastered her heart, mind and senses effortlessly in his bed.
Still, his smug little smile irked her.
“My my, this is news,” she taunted. She gritted her teeth when he paused and stared down at her completely naked body with the exception of her thigh high stockings. “Who’d of thought the all-American boy was into kink?”
“Who’d have thought the girl-next-door was?” he countered flatly as he attached the cuff to her right ankle.
Many sincere thanks to Beth for agreeing to be my guest. I think her thoughts really hold true to what my experiences reading all of these books featured this week have been.
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