Monday, May 14, 2012

Sodom and the Phoenix by Ann Mayburn

Tanwen Evans has traveled to the world famous Sodom Virtual Reality Resort to find her passion. Her twenty year marriage to her high school sweetheart has recently ended, and with both of her children out of the house she finds herself alone for the first time in her adult life. Unwilling to trust her heart to another man, she believes that indulging in some racy virtual reality fantasies will help her find her long buried sexual side without the messy complications of a relationship. When she arrives at Sodom she discovers much to her shock, and fascination, she has been booked during the annual ‘Leather Kiss’ BDSM convention.

Bryan Hamilton isn’t a fan of virtual reality fantasies, he prefers real life any day of the week. As a founding member of ‘Leather Kiss’ he attends the convention at Sodom, but usually enjoys his submissives without the aid of technology. When he runs into Tanwen all of his plans change. With her gentle disposition and her ladylike manners she calls to him like no woman has since the death of his wife. He discovers that she is a natural submissive and begins a campaign to win her heart, that includes joining her in a series of mind-blowing VR adventures.

Tanwen has to fight her growing attraction to the handsome Master who is supposed to be just a vacation fling. The more they’re together, the more she finds herself yearning to have Bryan be her Master both in the virtual and the real world. She has to decide what’s more important, protecting her heart or taking a chance on the kind of love she’s always dreamed about.

Reviewer: Dolce Amore
Tanwen Evans is alone for the first time in many years. With her children out of the house and without a husband, they're divorced; so she decides to visit her first virtual reality resort that caters to sexual fantasies to find the passion she lost.
Two years ago, if someone had told her that today she would be starting a weeklong vacation dedicated to exploring her sexual fantasies in hopes of reawakening her desire, she would have said they were crazy. Then again, two years ago, she had been in an unhappy marriage to the only man she had ever slept with.

Moments after she meets Bryan Hamilton, he recognizes her as a submissive, although she tries to deny it.
“I-I'm not into such deviant behavior,” she said in a low voice and glanced around to make sure none of the BDSM crowd had heard her. In reality she admired them for their ability to follow their hearts, but there was no way she was letting this man know that. He’d probably toss her over his shoulder and take her to his room and do things with her -- wonderful, forbidden things.
“Deviant?” He leaned closer, and his breath was hot against her ear as he said, “If you consider making a submissive overcome her fear of pleasure, making her orgasm until she can’t remember her name, making her feel like she is the only thing in the world that matters deviant, well, I suppose I am.”

Bryan is searching for a woman like his late wife, who died six years ago, and he thinks Tanwen could be that woman. And he wants to join her VR fantasy if she puts out an open invitation for others to join.
At first he had mistaken her for a sub because of her calling him Sir, but he quickly realized she was just a polite person. He’d always loved that in a woman. The edge of class and manners usually hid a fiery passion.

Tanwen didn’t know that her best friend, Sherry, who made her reservation, signed her up also for the BDSM convention. The conversation between her and Sherry was awesome… I couldn’t stop laughing and it starts with:
“You rotten, dirty, conniving --”
“Best friend in the whole entire world?” Sherry finished with snicker.
And it ends with the best advice a best friend could give:
“Tanwen, you deserve someone who recognizes you for the fantastic woman you are, but watch yourself. I know how easily you bond with people -- you can’t help that you have that earth-mother vibe -- and I’m afraid you could come home with a submissive in your suitcase. You need to know who you are and love yourself before anyone else can love you. And you need to figure that out on your own without falling in love on vacation like some dippy heroine from a soap opera. Have lots of kinky VR sex and take advantage of this opportunity to just focus on yourself and your pleasure. You’ve spent half your life putting your family first. Now it’s time for you to take care of yourself and your needs.”

In her first VR, Bryan joins her and gives her some moments she will never forget and she agrees to meet him in again in VR and in the real world to be introduced to the pleasures of BDSM. And when Danny joins them in VR session, the temperature gets even hotter.

Ms. Ann Mayburn created all the scenes with exquisite attention, lots of imagination, and a bit of magic I didn’t find in her previous book of this series. I consider this book one of the bests she's written and I've read almost all of them. I hope the next ones will be as good as this one and I rate it 5 stars.

Publisher: Loose Id
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


Ann Mayburn said...

Thank you so much for the fabulous review, Dolce! It always makes me feel good to know that I managed to entertain you and provide a bit of heat and romance. :D

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