***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers.***
Catherine O’Chancey is a reserved, demure, and graceful submissive. All traits she trained hard to enhance when she discovered the world of Dominance and submission in college. In an attempt to start fresh after the unexpected death of her last Dom, Catherine moves to Dallas, TX to escape the shroud of darkness he left behind in her life. She has tried to fight the need that resides deep within her to submit, but finally has to admit she can’t for it is not a choice, but part of who she truly is. After months of mental preparation, she ventures back into the lifestyle by attending a coveted open-night event at Dungeons and Dreams, an exclusive BDSM club.
Is it fate or coincidence that Catherine garners the attention of one of the club’s board members who happens to be on the hunt for the perfect sub – a partner who enjoys receiving pain and pleasure as much as he enjoys doling it out?
Jayden Masterson is many things: a firm Dom, a shrewd businessman, and a gentleman. What he isn’t, is someone who partakes in relationships outside of contractual ones with his multiple, un-collared, regular submissives. While he likes rough sex, he is not an animal, and can find pleasure only if it is consensual. What his harem is missing is a pain
slut; could there be one in his future?
Upon meeting Catherine, Jayden feels an instantaneous spark inside him that has him wanting to know not just her body, but her mind. He wants to unravel her mysteries and discover her secrets. Through pain can they find the pleasure they seek? Can part-time pain lovers find full-time fulfillment when it’s not in their contract?
I can only start out by saying Jayden is my number one fictional boyfriend. I just freaking adore this man. I was hooked on the very first chapter, the attraction and interaction between Jayden and Catherine/Erin was intense.
Catherine, or Erin, as she is also called, had just escaped a horrible situation with a former Dom. Battered and scared, she still decided the life style of BDSM was what she needed in her life. Gathering the courage and saving the money to go to an open night at the BDSM club she stands in line waiting to get in. This is when she sees the handsome Jayden walking to the front of the line. She knows her role as a sub, so she peeks at him with respect.
Jayden had pretty much given up on the idea of finding an appropriate sub for himself, but he felt he would give the open night at the club one more chance. Sure he had two others in his life that he could use for a quick release, but he longed for a sub that could handle and desire the same things he did……….PAIN. He spots Catherine in line and arranges for her to be admitted into the club quickly. Did he finally find a trained sub who knew how to show her Master respect? It appeared that Catherine could be his dream comes true from just the way she stood in line and glanced at him.
Jayden can’t figure out why Catherine overwhelms him but he knows she is carrying a lot of baggage from her past and he is determined to find out what it is she is hiding. Does trying to help her heal and move forward really fit into his plans? Catherine knows she is falling in love with Jayden, but he made it clear that he wasn’t looking for forever, he just needed a current submissive now and a contract to provide the security that would last a few weeks or months. So how does she handle her emotions and heart when her head is telling her that she can trust him and please him in all of his desires?
Through this book we find what Catherine endured at the hands of her former Dom, the horrific things that was done to her and it proves that she is one strong fighter. The author does a wonderful job of showing us the emotional transitions that Jayden and Catherine go through. Her description of events and characters are so well developed, it was easy to visualize what was happening. Make sure you read this one first and then A Divine Life. I am dying to get the third book Surreal, coming soon.
For the next hour, Jayden shifted topics in the questioning. Sometimes his questions were in regards to Spencer, other times he asked about childhood memories. The whole time he monitored the bullet, watching her skin tone and breathing so he knew when it was getting to be too much or taking her too close to an orgasm.
Together they worked the first memory out of her. When she was done talking, her cheeks were tear soaked, and Jayden felt nauseous. Spencer had not been a Dom. He’d been an abuser, and Catherine had been nothing more than a worthless object to him. The time had come to welcome her back into the true meaning of the Lifestyle; Jayden could wait no longer.
The Dominant stood and freed the velvet box which contained the length of black pearls from his pocket. Attached near the clasp was a small charm engraved with a four-leaf clover for outer appearance while the back of the charm was etched with Jayden’s initials and a triskelion—the emblem of their Lifestyle.
“Catherine,” he said standing before her. “Will you allow me to collar you?”
There was nothing ritualistic about it, just straight to the point. Jayden wanted her; wanted to have a hand in her life full-time, even if they played just on the weekends. He was offering to be there when she was happy and when she was sick. Protection within the community would be provided by him. More than anything: he was stating that he wanted her.
Catherine met his gaze and smiled before she slipped from the chair to take a proper position on her knees for the occasion.
“Aye, Sir. To serve you will be divine,” she answered, and Jayden could tell her heart raced within her chest—much like his own.
He fastened the choker around her neck, allowing the pads of his fingertips to linger against her soft skin a moment longer than necessary, and then he kissed her lips.
“I’ve chosen black pearls for your collar because of all this particular treasure has to endure for its inner beauty to shine, and for its rarity. You are my pearl, my jewel, and you’re servitude will always be surreal.”
***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and
mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers.***
Over the past year of being Jayden Masterson’s collared submissive, Catherine O’Chancey has worked through the mental terrors left behind by her old Dom — or at least she thinks she has. To celebrate their collaring anniversary, Jayden organizes a special day, during which her final fantasies will be realized and her limits tested. Will it prove to
be more than she can handle? Can she endure the erotic onslaught her mind and body will experience and survive unscathed?
While Catherine faces these dark shadows and pleasurable highs, Jayden will find his own inner strength being tested, too. He has come to realize that, somewhere along the way, Catherine has taken possession of his heart, mind, and body. Now, he faces his biggest challenge ever; he must let go of all his submissives but one: his jewel, Catherine. Can he leave his philandering ways behind? Has he made the ultimate mistake by putting his jewel into the hands of others? Will his gift to Catherine wind up costing him the one thing that has ever meant something real to him?
Jayden has helped Catherine heal from past wrongs and chase away the nightmares. In return, Catherine has shown him what it means to care for someone beyond mere sexual gratification. Their strengthening bond as Master and submissive has paved the way for deeper emotions — if they can find the courage to open up to each other.
Join Catherine and Jayden for an emotion packed weekend that could forever change the future of their relationship. This could be their best chance at love, but first both Dom and sub must gain control over the one thing they can’t put in a collar: their deepest doubts and fears. For this kind of healing, the necessary treatment must be mutually given. Is
it too late to erase some old scars?
I am so attached to Catherine and Jayden. I rarely fan girl over a book, okay there are a few series that I have instructed my husband to bury me with, but this is certainly a book that didn’t take much time to win a piece of my heart.
I would strongly advise you read the first book in this series To Serve is Divine. Just in case you start with this one first, you will be able to tell from page on there is something deep in this relationship. Oh it started off with sex, I mean HOT sex, but there was clearly an emotional connection. With every scene I was able to see the relationship develop more and grow into something so strong and looking towards forever. Jayden displayed such concern and love for Catherine but it was clear she had something deep in her past that made her unsure how lovable she could be to him. There were a few flashbacks of her past that we saw in this book that showed she has come a long way in the world of trust but I never doubted her love and loyalty and desire to please Jayden.
This was a story of pushing yourself to test new waters, see what your limits really are, not what you have imposed on yourself out of fear or lack of knowledge. It was also a story of power and strength to overcome the baggage that you carry from your past and emerge into the person you were meant to be. Jayden showed us what love can do when you put the other person before your own wishes and comforts. He was willing to give Catherine her chance to experience her dreams and fantasies, do it without his supervision because he put her first.
Ms. Hargrave has given me another power couple that I will be following for a long time. She was able to hook me on page one and never let go. To see the love connection between Catherine and Jayden reaffirms my belief in true commitment to another…and what love really is.
Catherine was locked into position: hands tied above her head, legs spread wide with knees bent, the mock cock buried deep in her ass. Her sex was stretched slightly open, and she could feel the edge of the table pressing just under the bottom of her ass, bound as she was to the edge of the table. The dildo was the one thing keeping her from slipping off. Catherine felt like a slut; she felt like a seductress, and she felt beautiful in her submission for her Master—even if he wasn’t there.
The camera came to life, surrounding her with its audible preservation of every emotion on her face, leaving no part of her hidden but her eyes.
Shawn returned to her side and flipped her skirt up so that, once again, Catherine was on full display. A cool breeze traipsed over her left nipple when he tugged the blouse down, catching it under her breast.
A single camera click chirped before a sharp, repetitive beeping broke into the serenity of the afternoon.
“Well, shit!” huffed Shawn. “Sorry, doll, my battery just died on the camera. I need to run back inside and grab my spare.”
“Um, Shawn, please don’t leave me out here alone. You’ve got enough pictures, right?” Catherine could feel her nerves rolling in her stomach, souring it. Her heart pounded in her chest. She didn’t want any more surprises; she just wanted to get the damn blindfold off!
“It won’t take but a minute. I’ll be right back, okay?” He patted her leg, and she whimpered. “Don’t go anywhere!” Shawn instructed, laughing at her expense; because really, where the fuck was she going to go?
“Shawn.” A door closed, and Catherine had to assume it was the door back into the building. “Shawn!”
Oh, you have got to be kidding me! He did not just leave me out here like this. I know he made sure everything was secure, but so help me; if I slip off this table, I’m going to kick his ass!
“Shawn?” She tried one more time. Nope, the fucker was gone. “Well, fuck me!” she growled to the trees.
A twig snapped behind Catherine.
“I think I just might do that,” came a low whisper.
R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX where she prides herself on being a domestic engineer. Married to her high school sweetheart, together they are raising three children from elementary age to college age. She is an avid reader, a sometimes quilter and now, a writer. Other hobbies include gardening and a love of a music.
A native ‘mutt,’ Hargrave has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories on location in South Carolina and Texas, but it’s anybody’s guess as to what the genre will be!