Friday, June 15, 2012

Review: Maid for Pleasure By: Lucy Rodgers

Welcome to this stop on Lucy's tour!  Today I will be sharing with you my thoughts on the book as well as a sneak peek inside.  You can follow the rest of the tour by clicking here.  Let's dive right in and take a look at the book details:

Insurance actuary Libby Beckett is the epitome of a successful, independent, modern woman. With her six figure salary, she has a condo overlooking the beach, a BMW, and a closet full of fabulous shoes. So why isn’t she happy? And why do her fantasies always involve whips, bondage, and sexual slavery? Her desires are impossible to explain her buttoned-down accountant boyfriend, which is why when she stumbles across a website for a quasi-dating service for submissive women called Maid for It, she signs up. She’s quickly “matched” to Gavin Huntley, an engineer and inventor possessed of a small fortune and his own private island in the Caribbean. After carefully weighing the risks and rewards, as any good actuary should do, Libby breaks it off with her boyfriend and heads to Gavin’s island for what she promises herself will be two weeks to explore her darkest, dirtiest desires. When her time is up, she’ll say her safe word and, as outlined in Maid for It’s contract, Gavin will be required to release her.
But Gavin knows what Libby truly needs, and it’s not to be free. She’s made for pleasure—his pleasure—and he intends to put her to good use. Forever.


Two hours later, I’ve changed my mind. I do hate this and him. My knees are screaming in agony, my back and arms ache, and my hands are raw. And I’m not even halfway done.

I pause and straighten, stretching my arms above my head. I want to quit. I want to take this bucket of water and throw it in his face, walk out the door and find the driver who brought me here and demand he take me back to the airstrip. Hell, I don’t even have to do that. All I have to do is utter the safe word we’ve agreed on and everything will come to a halt.

So why don’t I?

Because I haven’t gotten what I came for, and every nerve ending in my body tells me I will get it if I can just get through this test.

Gavin turns my crank. Even more than I expected. Before I came, I worried that even though I’d seen his photos and found him attractive, the chemistry wouldn’t be there in person. But it is. And despite the fact that he hasn’t touched me yet, not even in an asexual way, I can feel the thickness of the air and the crackling of the tension between us. He wants to do all the things he’s promised to me.

Even now, as I arch my back and roll my shoulders, I’m aware of him watching me. After I got down to scrub the floor, he took a large roll of paper out of a file drawer and spread it out on the large dining room table. He’s been there since, working on a project, I presume, while I’ve been on my hands and knees. I imagine he’s been getting a pretty good show, given my lack of panties and the way my breasts jiggle when I scrub.

In a way, demanding that I prove I really want to submit myself fully to him, without conditions or hard limits, is the act of a gentleman.

At the moment, however, that thought doesn’t make me any less impatient or resentful. I drop the scrub brush into the bucket. I’m done, and I’m willing to accept the consequences. What I’m not going to do is use my safe word to escape those consequences.

“Are you quitting?” Gavin asks.

I was right. He’s definitely been paying attention the whole time I’ve been working. “Yes, Master.”

God, saying that word sends a bolt of lust straight to my pussy. I’ve spent years wondering what’s wrong with me. How I could possibly be turned on by behavior other people would classify as controlling and abusive. Now, I know it doesn’t matter. I am. That’s enough. 

“You know you haven’t finished what I told you to do yet.”

I somehow manage to get to my feet, which isn’t easy because I’m stiff from hours in one position, and turn to look at him. The expression on his face—cold and implacable—makes me so weak in the knees, I fear I might fall back down to them.

“I know, Master. But I need a break. I’m not used to this kind of work.” I try to keep any hint of whining or complaint out of my voice.

To my relief, the lines around his mouth ease. “I did ask rather a lot of you for a first day, didn’t I?”

Instinct tells me it isn’t wise to agree with him. I need to let him know that nothing he asks of me can be too much. “No, you didn’t ask too much. I just can do too little.”

A smile tugs at one corner of his mouth. He gets up from the chair and starts toward me. “Well played, pet, well played.”

There’s no mistaking the thick erection pushing against the zipper of his jeans. I close my eyes, swaying with anticipation. Something is finally going to happen.

“Open your eyes,” he commands, soft and low.

Even before I obey, I know he’s only inches from me. Heat radiates from him as though he’s an open flame, and his warm, cinnamon-sweet breath caresses my face. When I do open my eyes, I find he’s removed his glasses, and his eyes are an even more startling blue than I expected. Almost the same shade as the ocean that surrounds his island, and just as cutting.

I shiver, which makes no sense, because I’m burning up.

“You know there will be consequences for not completing your task.”

Oh God, I hope so. “Yes, Master.”

He reaches out and tucks a hair behind my ear. “I should make you finish, I think. I’m afraid you’ll consider the punishment I have in mind more of a reward.”

That sounds promising.

“Get on your knees.”

I blink my surprise as my knees scream in protest at the idea. “Master?” I can’t keep the note of pleading out of my voice this time.

“On your knees,” he repeats. “Now.”

Squeezing my eyes shut, I do what he tells me. As soon as my knees meet the cool, hard tile, I want to cry. They may not be bloody, but they’re definitely bruised. It’s even more agonizing than I expected.

“Does that hurt?” he asks softly. And, I can’t help thinking, with a hint of delight. He’s enjoying my pain.

“Yes, Master.”

“Good. It wouldn’t be punishment if it felt good, would it?”

I shake my head. “No, I guess not.” My knees throb in protest, but my clit throbs more. I’m enjoying my pain as much—maybe more—than he is.

With my eyes still closed, I await whatever else he has in store for me. There’s a rustling sound and the unmistakable scritch of a metal zipper. I know what’s coming, and I lick my lips just as he brushes the velvety head of his cock against my cheek. Not waiting for his direction, I turn my head and open my mouth.

He grabs the back of my head and pulls me to a halt. Wincing because his fingers are threaded up under the bun over which my lacy French maid’s cap is pinned, I look up at him in confusion. Have I misunderstood his intentions?

“The first thing you need to learn, pet, is that you never do anything unless I tell you to. All the initiative is mine. Understood?”

Swallowing hard, I nod even though I’m not sure it’s a rule I can easily obey. I’m a little too Type A to never take the initiative. But for two weeks… Maybe. I’ll try.

“Good. Now, you’re going to open that pretty little mouth of yours, and I’m going to fuck it until I come down your throat. You are not to participate in any way. You’re just providing me a hole to fuck. Got it?”

I nod again. Every part of my body is tingling with arousal.

“And one more thing.”

“Yes, Master.”

“You are not allowed to come unless I tell you to. And I’m warning you right now, I’m not going to tell you to come today. If you do come, you’ll finish the floor.”

I stare up at him, stunned and terrified by this order. Because I’m so lit up, I’m not sure I can keep myself from coming. And the thought that I can’t makes the need even harder to suppress.

“Now, open wide, pet.”

I open. And pray.

My Review:

I always like exploring different aspects of BDSM. I think its sexy.  In this book, you have Libby who lives a very controlled life in the shadow of her mother's ultra feminism.  But she secretly craves to be completely dominated.  So she gives herself two weeks.  Two weeks of total abandonment to explore as much of the life-style as her Master will allow. But that's it.  No more than two weeks and she's done.  But as things progress, she starts to realize that two weeks may not be enough for her.  Ever avenue and door that her Master opens for her brings her closer and closer to truly becoming his slave.  She never thought that the lifestyle could be so freeing and addicting.  She also never thought of falling in love with such an amazing Dom, in so short an amount of time.  The irony to all of this is that Gavin has no intention of letting her go, ever.  He has realized her plan and has the perfect solution to keep what he considers his.

This was a very sexy short.  It really dips into quite a few aspects of the lifestyle.  I look forward to reading another book by this author.  It was a really good book!!


Stephanie Verhaegen said...

Great review! The book sounds really great!:)

Herding Cats - Burning Soup said...

Thanks for pointing this one out. I hadn't heard of it but definitely one I want to check out!

Sue Sattler said...

I haven't read anything by this author before, but this sounds really good. That's why I love coming here, you always lead me to such great new to me reads. Thanks! :)

Joanne said...

Thanks for the great excerpt and review. This book sounds amazing. Can't wait to read it.


mcv said...

Cleaning on your hands and knees is definitely torture! The reward had better be great. I can't relate to it, but it sounds like a fun read.

Lexi H said...

Great excerpt, and review. Too bad its a short, seems like you would want it to keep going and going...

Rhonda D said...

yowser! this sounds like an extremely hot book! I haven't heard of it or it's author. I will definitely be doing some investigating after this!

Veronica Slade said...

Wow, Master Gavin, yum yum!

Helen said...

this looks like a fun read

Juana said...

This is a new book/author for me too. I tend to stick with paranormal/erotic romance, but I wouldn't mind reading this book it sounds really good.


The Brunette Librarian said...

I think this sounds great - Very domineering but in a good way :)

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ReneAva said...

Made for Pleasure sounds very HOT!
I enjoy reading BDSM and love reading from new authors.

I wish you the very best of success with your works Lucy!


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burbanette said...

Great review! This book sounds good!

msmjb65 said...

REally hot excerpt! I'll wash his floor and not complain one bit!
I'd love to win this book!
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mimirose41209 said...

WOW .. what a great excerpt! I can't wait to read this one!

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SdyLion said...

This excerpt gets my heart racing- looks like a great summer read. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Emily said...

Sounds pretty cool, can't wait to read it!


suzi1811 said...

This book sounds good!

dusty katt said...

This looks like a nice little bedtime story. Looking forward to it.

June M. said...

This book sounds really great. I am definitely putting it on my TBR list and going to stalk the book tour, lol.

Tracy said...

This book sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review!

Barbara said...

GREAT excerpt, GREAT review...thx for the intro to a 'new to me' author!

P.S. Nikki - FYI...your 'post a comment' is in black ink on a black back you can't see it. I only found it by continually mousing over where I thought it would be. Just thought you might wanna know. :)

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VanillaOrchids said...

I do find BDSM interesting, so this is definitely a book that I'd like to read. Thank you for the review and the excerpt.


Jolene and Family said...

I loved the excerpt and this sounds like a great steamy read :)

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