Review: Mistress, Please

Mistress, Please by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mistress, Please Thou shalt have no other Mistresses before me.When traveling abroad to visit clients, professional Domme Trinity Maddox loses her passport and her job. She has no one to ask for help but Graciela Fairbanks, her former lover and Domme who threw her out for cheating ten years ago.

Graciela tries to forgive, but old hurts and arguments arise on both sides. Trinity is grateful for a second chance with the woman who first taught her about love and submission, but she resents Gracie’s assumption they will return to their old roles. Gracie demands obedience; Trinity needs assurances of love.

Can Trinity let go of her pride to accept Graciela’s forgiveness? Or is submission too high of a price to pay for happiness?

This is the sequel to Mistress on Her Knees, a book I was rather ambivalent about. I enjoyed this one more.

The disaster with Mira is now in the past and Graciela and Trinity are attempting to fix their own, broken relationship. If they will manage remains to be seen. Personally I would not forgive unfaithfulness.

As we learn more about the characters I became more sympathetic to them both. Graciela’s motives seem less vengeful, although it is hard to tell, and Trinity seems more willing to accept her submissive side.

Learning about new cultures is always fascinating and Trinity’s introduction to South Korea is entertaining. The introduction of new characters was interesting and I really liked Rachel and Pierre.

The book does end on a cliff-hanger, so no happily ever after yet, but the author is currently serialising the third book, Mistress’s Release on her blog.

Review: Gemstone

Gemstone by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is more information about the book in the following post by the author:  GEMSTONE Kink & Faith Series

Gemstone book cover
Can lies build a foundation for love?
Gemma Parquin has a secret. By day, she’s the center of her church’s social life. By night, she’s Mistress Lorelei on Kinklife, online disciplinarian of babygirls and all who need spanking, whipping, and—her personal favorite—figging.
No one suspects, until neighbor Celine Daniels comes across Gemma’s Kinklife profile. Stunned and nursing a secret crush, she creates an account under the name starrygirl793 and “catfishes” the Mistress…and gets more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, Celine is also leading a double life.
Meanwhile, Gemma’s best friend sets her up with an online dating service. Enter Stella, who is everything Celine is not—sophisticated, successful, and straightforward. But she doesn’t understand the kink Gemma holds dear.
How can Gemma trust Celine, who has lied to her? Or give up Mistress Lorelei in order to be with Stella? Should Gemma give up on love altogether, or can she still find happiness?

I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book as I’m not a huge fan of love triangles nor am I particularly religious but I bought it because I’m a huge fan of Ms. Vitsky’s books and she often manages to surprise me.

Gemstone was no exception. It was both well written, as always, and amusing. I stayed up til 2am to finish it as I wanted, no needed, to know who Gemma would choose. One of the women behaved rather badly and I was quite surprised that Gemma gave her a second chance, although I could understand why she was reluctant to choose the other.

The church ladies made good secondary characters and their antics were fun to read. A couple of the Church references were over my head but I was able to figure them out from the context and a bit of googling.

The kink and sex scenes were fun, although somewhat shocking from this author, who normally prefers hints and fade to black.

Review: Mistress on Her Knees

Mistress on Her Knees by Anastasia Vitsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mistress on Her Knees Thou shalt not covet thy host’s submissive
When a Domme loves a Domme, strange things can happen. When a Domme loves a Domme who is her former submissive and cheated with her best friend, all of the usual fun with handcuffs turns into something darker.
Graciela struggles to control her attraction to the headstrong, beautiful woman who broke her heart ten years ago. She offers temporary shelter to a fellow human in crisis, nothing more. But when Trinity buckles under Graciela’s righteous anger and begs for forgiveness, Graciela’s resolve wavers. Can she ever trust again? Does Trinity deserve a second chance, or is this yet another manipulation?

This book was very hard for me to review as, although I liked it, I’m not really sure why. It is thought-provoking and certainly pushed some of my buttons, especially regarding consensual versus non-consensual.

It is a continuation of a free story on the author’s blog called Fire of Desire, but can be read as a stand-alone.

It’s not an easy read by any means. Both POV and time changes occur and if you’re not concentrating it is easy to lose track. The author does not believe in spoon-feeding her readers and much is left unsaid or merely implied.

I found the behaviour of both characters somewhat questionable: Trinity selfishly takes advantage of Mira and then asks Graciela, her former domme/lover, to step in and fix the mess. I’m not convinced Graciela’s fix was the right choice but many readers seem to love her.

After reading the book twice I am left pondering on the nature of betrayal and forgiveness, the price of love and the issue of what constitutes consent.

Certainly not my favourite Anastasia Vitsky book but I am glad I read it and will buy the sequel.

Review: Ana Adored: Mistress of the Castle

Ana Adored: Mistress of the Castle by Anastasia Vitsky My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ana Adored: Mistress of the CastleShy Ana has two secret passions: she loves other women and she has always harbored an intense fascination with all things “spanking.” Unfortunately, her current girlfriend, Peyton, has no interest in indulging what she refers to as “sick and deviant” fantasies. But when their latest argument becomes one black eye too many, Ana’s had enough. Finally finding the necessary courage and strength of will, she orders Peyton out of her house and out of her life. Break-ups with abusers are never easy or painless, and in the emotionally chaotic aftermath of hers, Ana turns to the only friend she has – a woman she met online more than a year before on, of all things, a plant forum. Miranda is everything Peyton is not. She listens. She understands. She accepts. And when she unexpectedly offers Ana a plane ticket to fly out to Ohio and meet with her, face-to-face for the very first time, Ana doesn’t hesitate for long. She packs a bag and goes on vacation; ten days, prepaid, at the Castle, the most infamous BDSM resort in the world. On the surface, everything seems so perfect and magical. But Ana isn’t at the Castle long before she realizes she isn’t the only woman with secrets. Miranda Hardwick, the Castle’s most feared and respected Mistress, has a few secrets of her own. As the lines between fantasy and reality and friends and lovers begin to blur, both women quickly realize that if their blossoming relationship is to survive, they’re going to have to put their secrets aside – Miranda, with her strange “emergencies” that keep calling her away, and Ana, with Peyton, who just won’t accept a life without Ana in it.

As usual, another excellent book from Anastasia Vitsky, which I loved. However it does contain scenes of domestic abuse, so you may want to avoid it if you find that triggering. Ana and Miranda are two women who meet online in a plant forum. Ana has a habit of killing her plants and Miranda is the expert she turns to for help. I sympathised with Ana in this because I know exactly how she feels; in fact people have stopped buying me plants. The women’s chat turns flirtatious over the months and when Ana finds the courage to throw out her abusive partner, Miranda invites her to meet. They have the same chemistry in person but both struggle with past issues which makes developing a relationship hard. I liked the fact that it wasn’t love at first sight and that the characters had real depth to them. Some of Ana’s decisions were fairly idiotic, but probably realistic. The BDSM is fairly light if you’ve never tried any kink and want to give it a go. The book is one in a series of ‘Masters of the Castle’ books all set in the same BDSM resort, although most of the others are M/F. The author’s Mira’s Miracle is another F/f also set in the Castle.

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