To Serve is Divine by R. E. Hargrave (Reviewed by Jessica)

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Title: To Serve is Divine

 Author: R. E. Hargrave

 Published Date: October 2013

 Genre: Erotic, BDSM


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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?

***Contains graphic sex and language. Not for young readers***

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***Jessica, #NerdGirlTink Review***

 I really enjoyed this book. I don’t typically read BDSM type novels. Not that I don’t like them, I just never read one that I felt had more substance to it.

 Starting this book, I had some pre-conceived notions about the BDSM lifestyle and was surprised to find that the author was able to make this book steamy but classy as well. YES, there is a lot of sex scenes and the words are in your face…but while reading the words that I would usually crinkle my nose up at, had I heard them in a normal conversation, I found myself not really being bothered by them.

 I adored Catherine (Erin), she was sweet and kind, even though she’s had some horrible experiences in her past. She was feisty and empowered around Jayden and not at all the weak, abused woman people tend to associate with the dominant/submissive relationship. I also loved the way the fact that Erin (Catherine) was of Irish decent. It really helped me to picture her in my head and “hear” her distinct voice.

 When I first came across Jayden in the book, I thought for sure I would wind up disliking him. I thought he was going to be overly controlling and somewhat abusive to Erin (Catherine). What I found was a man who is tender and caring. He was not at all the “abuser” that most Dominant’s get the wrap of being. He didn’t seem arrogant and/or self-righteous and he truly card about Catherine’s/Erin’s well being. I was hoping he would break his rule and pour his heart out to her. The connection between the two of them was definitely something that kept me turning those pages as fast as I could.

 The sex scenes are definitely steamy and didn’t take away from the real storyline/plot. It was fast-paced, the characters well developed and i can’t wait to read the next book in the trilogy. I will be recommending this book to my friends!

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