Book IV of the Knights of the Board Room series
by Joey W. Hill
BDSM Contemporary Erotic Romance
Ellora's Cave Publishing
Release Date : November 19, 2010
Works as stand alone story
Rachel gave up seeking a Master years ago. After a failed marriage and terrible tragedy, she’s walled her soul against going down that dangerous path again. Then Jon joins her yoga class. He’s thirteen years younger than she, but his Dominant nature threatens her shields from the moment she recognizes it. Not only does he understand what her body wants—he knows what her soul craves.
Part of the five-man executive team of Kensington & Associates, Jon uses his calm, philosophical nature to defuse volatile acquisition negotiations. He can compel opponents to willingly surrender when he draws the sword that closes the deal. As a sexual Dominant, he employs that same expertise. A spiritually driven Master who enjoys connecting with a woman’s soul, he wins her utter submission with his skills. But with Rachel, it goes beyond that. She’s the submissive his own soul has always hungered to have, and he won’t hesitate to use his talents, as well as that of the other four K&A men, to claim her.
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Often when I read erotica, the only thing it has going for it is the sex. Joey's work is different. This is more than BDSM, and more than erotica. AFTERLIFE gets deeply into the mindset of the submissive, Rachel, as she grapples with her needs and how those needs are viewed externally and in consequence how that disapprobation is taken on by her. It, along with personal tragedy, has beaten her down.
If you grew up during the so-called sexual revolution and you were female you may be all to aware of the conflict between a more open and freer sexuality proposed by the new views of sexuality as they came up against traditional views of how women were to behave. While, on the one hand we were encouraged to be more open sexually, on the other we were given a lot of contradictory messages. I think a lot of young women still experience these mixed messages.
I know I was at times ridiculed and shamed for my sexuality and that still affects my self-esteem today. It is that inner battle for freedom from others conceptions of what appropriate sexual desire and behavior is that Joey expresses here so well. I really felt Rachel's experience and her struggle to become whole.
Rachel is a yoga teacher and physical therapist who has Jon, the boy-genius techie guy for K & A. Jon is a really interesting character -- made to geeky order, but handsome, in great condition and a sexual dominant. He's a little "sensitive new age guy," and really believes in the energies produced and balanced in yogic practice. He also likes to dominate women and comes up with all kinds of wicked devices to pleasure them.
It's a little hard to imagine the boy genius also being hot, but on top of that; he's a Dom. Wow. I realize I am pigeonholing a person into a type ad I like that Joey makes me think about it. Rachel sounds mousy, but everyone calls her gorgeous. The poor self image is fueled by her past.
While there is a lot of sex in AFTERLIFE, it seemed secondary to the story here. It is germane when it's in the book, and I still don't get how submissives think to the degree of being a "slave," but I do find reading books with a lot of erotic scenes, well, erotic.
If you like BDSM erotica but long for more story then Joey W. Hill is a writer you'll like -- particularly AFTERLIFE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND it, and for real fans it's a MUST READ!
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