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Sapphire - Kindle Edition
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Sapphire - Kindle Edition
Advantages: hot sex scenes, interesting characters
Disadvantages: I found the lack of lifestyle bdsm disappointing .
Sapphire is an erotic romance novella by Jeffe Kennedy. I wasn't familiar with this author before reading this book but the plot synopsis really appealed to me. This story is about an executive called M. Taylor who has little time for anything outside of work. She has a ten year plan, and that plan does not include getting side tracked by a sexy colleague. Fortunately for Taylor you can't plan for everything and Adam definitely has plans for Taylor. When Adam handcuffs Taylor to the railing of the boat it's the start of something that's unlike anything Taylor has ever experienced. Adam is determined to break down Taylors barriers and make her his. But Taylor isn't going to make things easy for him.
This book does contain bondage, domination and submission, mild s&m and lots of sex. If this is not your cup of tea then you have been warned.
This novella proved to be an easy, enjoyable read where the pages just seemed to turn themselves (metaphorically speaking, I read this in ebook format). I love novels with strong female characters and I found Taylor to be very easy to relate to and empathise with. Kennedy portrays her in such a balanced way, she shows her flaws and her strengths but does so in a way that helps you to understand Taylor, so even when she did things that I thought weren't the right thing to do I still understood why she did them. I think that this is important because like any good romance novel there's the dramatic will they, won't they part of the novel and sometimes this can come across as being over the top and unrealistic. All too often characters seem to do things purely for dramatic effect and without any decent explanation for their actions. In this novella Taylor does behave in a somewhat dramatic fashion but far from being frustrating I felt that it was understandable given her situation and history.
The sex scenes in this novella are hot, as you would expect. I think that any half decent erotic novel has hot sex scenes but what sets this story apart is the mental aspects. The author just seems to really grasp that BDSM is only partly about the physical act, the psychological aspects are equally important. She doesn't rush in here with lots of adventurous sex positions (although there are certainly plenty of those), instead she works on the mental side of things which I found left me totally engaged in the sex scenes in a way that I don't think I have been with other novels. Throughout each of the sex scenes there is a really good combination of the psychological and physical aspects of BDSM that made these sex scenes so memorable (and coming from a woman who reads a couple of erotic romance novels a week, that's saying something).
Erotic romance isn't just about sex of course, there has to be some romance in there too. The sex and the romance are tied together really well, as you would expect of a novel in this genre. What I liked is that the characters have a back story but not one that has been too well developed before the start of the book. It felt like there was enough background to make it all plausible but still enough development needed in order to make you feel like the story's worth reading.
The only thing that I didn't particularly like, which will be a strength to some readers depending on their preferences, is that the BDSM was limited to the bedroom and not in any way a lifestyle decision for either character. I guess this is quite a safe route to take because so many people enjoy reading about kinky sex but don't necessarily want the domination to happen in any other situations. Personally I found it disappointing. I also found it quite surprising. I felt that the author understood the mindset of both the submissive and dominant character so well that perhaps she would write something more resembling lifestyle BDSM than just play. Perhaps my vision of the lifestyle has become too rigid, I don't know but whatever the reason I found this aspect of the story disappointing. That's not to say that it was wrong or anything like that, this is more a personal preference than anything else. I have knocked a star off for it because although I think for many people this may increase their enjoyment of the novel or have no impact on it at all, for me it was disappointing.
I did really enjoy this story, in some ways it's unfortunate that it's just a short story because I would have enjoyed reading more. I really hope that at some point in the future Kennedy will write a sequel to this. I love her writing style and will certainly be looking out for more of her books.