MRS CONDIT’S OPINION: Michelle Robbins’ debut novella IN TRAINING is a jump-in-the-deep-end kind of BDSM story. Abby is new to BDSM but her friend Liz encourages her to attend a munch to get to know some of the people as just regular people. It doesn’t turn out to be as innocent a gathering as Liz led her to believe but Abby is really interested in the D/s lifestyle and a Master/slave relationship in particular. She wants to be able to just let go and have a man dominate her not only in the bedroom but in her life.
Seth is a former slave trainer who has no interest in taking on a new slave but when he meets sweet, gentle Abby he knows he can make a difference to her. His style of training is to simply ignore behavior he does not accept from a slave at first, and progress to discipline once trust has been established.
Ms Robbins has done a good job with her first book. The plot flows smoothly and the characters are well developed and stay in-character throughout the book. They are allowed to grow and change within the parameters of the plot. I enjoyed IN TRAINING and recommend it to anyone interested in BDSM stories.
MRS CONDIT’S RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!
and the sequel IN CONTROL
PATTYCAKE’S OPINION: In Control by Michelle Robbins is a story of pain, lies, betrayal, broken trust,and ultimately the healing of broken hearts and lives. The blurb does a great job of laying out the basic facts of the story, but to really appreciate the fine details, you need to check it out for yourself.
This character driven story has a smoothly flowing plot that takes you from beginning to end. The characters are definitely three dimensional, and the pain each one goes through really pulls at your heart. There is a little bit of a backstory, but not really enough to fill in the gaps. I must admit that i don’t like how the story just skims along the surface without any real detail on why the characters feel the way they do. The sex is hot and steamy without being smutty.
The author’s writing style is clean and simple, and displays a intimate knowledge of the owner/slave relationship. The story does have a HEA ending, but I wish there had been a little more depth to it. If you’re looking for a hot,sexy read with just a touch of angst, then you should give this book a try.
PATTYCAKE’S RATING: 4 Sweet Peas!