Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christine D'Abo, Mistress Rules

Title: Mistress Rules

Author: Christine D’Abo

Rating: Four And A Half Siren Stones

Genre: Science Fiction

Keywords: Futuristic, M/M, Ménage, M/M/F, BDSM

Length: Novella

ISBN E-Book: 978-1419925581

Price: $4.45

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave


Reviewer: Sally Sapphire


When Faris steps into his friend and mentor’s inner sanctum, he doesn’t expect to find Stella—a leather-clad Dominatrix. He can only watch as Ulric, the most powerful man in the sector, drops to his knees and throws himself at Stella’s mercy. Faris must decide whether to walk out the door, leaving his friend behind, or to put himself into the hands of a woman who demands nothing less than his absolute surrender.

Ulric knows Faris holds himself responsible for the devastating attack on the colony outpost. If Faris doesn’t learn how to forgive himself, the young man will be on the road to emotional disaster. His only hope is to convince Stella to bring Faris into their lives as another submissive. Ulric must now put his feelings for Stella on the line while holding tight to the man he desperately wants beneath him.


This was a surprisingly deep, intelligent piece of science fiction erotica. Christine delves deep into the roots of BDSM relationships, looking at both what the domme and the sub takes from their roles, and from the interplay between one another.

Set in a future where sex outside of procreation has become quite taboo, relegated to seedy pleasure colonies, any relationship between Stella and Ulric is already an anomaly. The kinky nature of that relationship makes it even more of an anomaly, and introduction of Faris further complicates matters.

For Stella, being a dominatrix is what she was always meant to be. She revels in the power it grants her, and appreciates the sexual gratification it provides. She also cares deeply for her submissive, who needs the emotional release she provides. A highly placed negotiator, Ulric wields a lot of power, and lives under constant stress. Being with Stella allows him to give up that power, and to be freed from responsibility.

It also provides him with an opportunity to not only free his protégé, Faris, from those same stresses, but to justify exploring his lust for the handsome, virile young man.

The key to this story is the interplay between the three characters. The introduction of Faris to the well established BDSM scene unsettles everyone. It forces Stella to re-break her sub, even while she trains their newbie. It forces Ulric to relearn his place at not only Stella’s feet, but Faris’ as well. Finally, it forces Faris to not only learn the role of a switch, submissive to Stella and dominant to Ulric, but to accept the reality of sexual arousal.

The bondage scenes here are well played, elaborate, rehearsed, and very sensual, and the rediscovery of sexual arousal and gratification is extremely rewarding. Definitely recommended.

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