My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Eldridge Cristoff worked hard and rarely played, always leery of letting himself go after the humiliation he suffered at the hands of his college boyfriend. Best friend Isabella Catana, submissive and lover of Johnson Petri, invited him to a night at an upscale BDSM club, Club Rebellion-owned and operated by Johnson and his trio of friends. All dominants.
Dalton Peters has never collared his own sub nor had the desire until he met Eldridge. Dalton was immediately taken with the skittish man, deciding to make it his mission to release Eldridge from his sexual prison.
Slowly Eldridge realized the world he was meant to be in. A loving man and master at his side; he discovered submission was not a weakness but a true testament of his strong inner spirit.
With Dalton’s careful guidance, Eldridge had no choice but to give into his desires and heart, allowing Dalton to dominate his body and soul.
So what did I think?
Eldridge’s Release is the story of how Eldridge, with encouragement from his best friend who is a submissive, goes to a BDSM club and meets the man who is perfect for him.
Eldridge has responsibilities and works hard but has no outlet for his natural desires. He has also been hurt in the past by an abusive boyfriend when he shared these desires.
Dalton is part owner of the club and Eldridge is immediately attracted to his dominant presence from very first sight… “Eldridge wanted to sit at the man’s feet, which completely through him for a loop, and he immediately locked the thought away in the recesses of his brain.” Dalton, for his part, falls super quickly for Eldridge too.
The book gave a sense of the club and the environment that Eldridge found himself in but it was more like a little taste. I didn’t get a real sense of activities in the club or enough of Eldridge’s reaction to, what I would assume would be the pretty intense activity going on. I think this may be because of the length of the book. Anyhow, I wanted to see more of Eldridge’s responses.
It’s a fairly quick read and I enjoyed the story. It’s relatively light – a bit of spanking and flogging and talk of wax play – however some of the references felt a bit ‘textbook BDSM’…”You need the candy to get your sugar levels back up. You’ve expelled a lot of energy tonight,” Dalton explained the importance of after care for any sub and what they care might entail.”
For these reasons I believe this story is most suited to someone new to the genre, someone after a little taste of BDSM with a nice happy ending – doesn’t everyone love a happy ending! 🙂
There are a couple of minor editing issues but nothing that really distracted too much from the story.
A copy of this book was provided by the author in return for my honest review.
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