I think men exist on this earth to protect women and children. That’s what we’re here for. We make money to protect women and children from the elements by putting a roof over their heads and food on the table. We’re supposed to be physically strong so we can stand up for a woman or a child who’s in danger. We walk women to their cars at night and don’t turn our backs until we see the cars start.
That’s what men should be.
If the BDSM Community ever decides to band together and become, oh I don’t know, a sovereign nation, I think Tiffany Reisz will be its best option as its Ambassador of Goodwill. She really does have a talent of making it all sound so fantastical and dreamy, where everyone’s attractive and men like Lance and Soren exists. Plus she makes great plausible arguments on the safety of what is considered deviant behaviour in vanilla society.
Of course, I’d probably shit bricks and faint (not necessarily in that order) at the sight of a St. Andrews Cross but you know, in terms of diplomatic relations she’s doing a fantastic job selling that fantasy with her Original Sinners series.
So one of the Dommes in the 8th Circle got attacked and someone made some ominous threats on everyone of Kingsley’s employees. Everyone else gets a little spooked and takes a break from the kink except Nora because her clientele include men and women who literally run the world. And in her noblest gesture, Nora risks her life, doing business as usual. Because one of her clients being frustrated for far too long could lead to inflation of gas prices, the accelerated melting of the polar ice caps and the collapse of civilization as we know it.
Kingsley hires Lance to be Nora’s bodyguard as she goes about her altruistic endeavour servicing her clients’ fetishes and special needs with an explicit no-sex rule between the two of them (you’re a novella too late on that one, King). As both Nora and Lance struggle to keep their relationship strictly professional each gets to know the other’s sore spots better.
I quite liked this better than Scars and Stripes (probably because of Mrs. B and her bunions) and while my requisite Nora-induced eye-roll quota was reached a little too early (I think my brain near-seized at her vanity plates. Really, Nora?) I appreciated Lance better here as a hero. I’m still not getting any chemistry between him and Nora though and isn’t buying any of Nora’s profession of her feelings towards him which sounds, at the moment, to be sitting between like and love. I was never really convinced of Nora’s pronouncements whenever moons over a hot guy in any of the novellas I’ve read from this series. Outside Soren and Wesley, she can’t seem to sell me her supposed emotions.
Despite my love-hate relationship with her, I liked how this clearly portrayed Nora in the context of this novella’s place in the timeline of the series as a whole. Her continuing conflicted feelings towards Vanilla Society rears its head yet again. How she simultaneously hates and yearns for it, is a major plot point in the series after all.
This ends with the promise of Soren in the next book and will probably get onto that sooner than later… but I just need to take some time to thank Nora and her vaginal unicornism (that’s a word. I sez so.) for keeping the world from imploding with her mad kinky skill set.
Review Copy provided by the publishers.