The one thing I lament more than anything as a lifestyle Dominant is when a story catches my attention and then, once I get into the heart of the book, turns in a direction that I don’t agree with. When it comes to my lifestyle, I’m critical of others who write about it. Some get it right, and some get it horribly wrong.
With that being said, I found myself in that quandary with Curiously Curious by Mimi Tulane.
On the one hand, I give the writer credit for getting some of the D/s protocol into the dialog and doing so with candor and accuracy. On the other hand, I lamented the speed with which the D/s relationship developed and came to fruition, although I have to admit it is a sign of the D/s times, so to speak, with the newly developed concept of “Velcro collars.”
Mac and Imani went from boss/employee to Dominant/submissive quick, and you’ll have to read the novella to see what I mean by that. The new relationship energy was intense, which enhanced the speed of the course of the journey, and being around each other for a long time as boss/employee might have had something to do with that, too.
Overall, Curiously Curious is an interesting story told with hot sex scenes that definitely kept the story spinning faster than an old set of 22-inch Sprewell spinning rims. For the novice kinkster or those who are curious about the D/s lifestyle, this is a fun read for them. For me, I guess it would have been an entertaining read if I weren’t so versed in D/s protocol, and the HEA for me seemed a bit rushed, but it was a novella, so I have to keep that in mind.
Kudos to Ms. Tulane, and I am looking forward to see her growth as an author.
-Reviewed by Shakir
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”