I was thrilled and honoured to have been given an advanced copy of Coming to Terms and to have been asked by Renee Rose to review the book on my blog.
As I sit down to write this review I am somewhat nervous as I have not written a book review before. I am also embarrassed to admit to the lovely authors that I haven't really read much in the way of DD fiction books, other than the stories published on blogs. Mostly, I am anxious to ensure I do proper justice to the review and give the book the credit it so richly deserves.
Coming to Terms is an anthology. A collection of seven short stories written by seven very talented authors. Each story tells of a couple coming to terms with their domestic discipline relationship.
I thought about providing a short synopsis of each story here. However, the authors have each given us snippets of their story on their blogs. Also, as they are short stories I didn't want to give too much away :)
Here are the links to their blogs so that you can check them out:
Cara Bristol, Jade Carey, Alta Hensley, Celeste Jones, Sue Lyndon, Renee Rose, Anastasia Vitsky
There were a number of things that stood out for me. Although each story is about a couple in a DD relationship, they are each unique and very different from each other. This to me is testament to the fact that (as those of us in this type of relationship know) it is very personal to each couple. We each make it our own and no two couples practice DD the same way. As a collection of stories the book truly conveys the individualism of the lifestyle well.
The stories range from couples who have been practicing DD for a number of years to a couple just starting out, both in their relationship and in the lifestyle.
Another thing that stood out for me was how well I was able to relate to the stories on an emotional level. The stories give us a glimpse of the characters as they work through important issues that are common in DD relationships, including defining DD, bringing DD back in focus when life gets in the way and balancing erotic and disciplinary spanking.
The authors have done an excellent job of conveying the feelings and emotions involved in a DD relationship from the perspective of both partners. In particular I found the discipline scenes realistic and easy to relate to. The authors convey the depth of feeling associated with discipline from the perspectives of both giving and receiving discipline extremely well. The feelings of guilt, remorse and forgiveness as well as the intimacy and connection between the couples.
The characters in each story are strong. I particularly enjoyed the fact that each story portrays strong, independent women who discover just what strength it takes to trust you partner to lead your relationship and to submit to your partner.
Each author has brought their own unique writing style and talent to the table and as a collection of stories it is fun and entertaining to read. The stories compliment each other beautifully and are, in my opinion, an excellent portrayal of the DD dynamic.
Although Coming to Terms is a anthology of DD related stories and while those of us in DD/ttwd relationships can so easily relate to the characters and their stories, they are written in such as way that the book also holds appeal for a wider audience as well. Readers, whether in a DD/ttwd relationship or not will enjoy the interaction between the characters as well as the eroticism and , of course, spanking scenes ... Oh did I mention the stories contain erotic scenes? :)
Coming to Terms is available on Amazon now. If you haven't got your copy yet I highly recommend it. I thoroughly enjoyed each story on its own and think that they are superb as a collection of stories that compliment each other extremely well.