Publisher: eXcessica Publishing
Genre: BDSM Romance
Heat Rating: 4
After seeing her best friend accept her brother’s collar, Kalinda Doherty realized without a doubt she needed what Nisey had - a Dom who was willing to offer her more than a few nights of hot sex, erotic pain, and sensual submission. Unfortunately that left out the man she wanted. So when the offer of an internship in Los Angeles came up, Kalinda jumped at the chance, leaving Chicago, her family and the man of her dreams behind. Now with her internship over, Kalinda’s heading home for the summer with a decision to make - take the permanent job waiting in L.A. or finding happiness with her new Dom in Chicago?
Joshuah Redding was a man of deep needs. The time apart he’d forced upon Kalinda was finally over. Now that she’s returning to Chicago, he knows it’s time to claim her - for good this time. He had everything planned until the plane touched down. That’s when he finds out Kalinda has brought a man home with her…another Dom. Now what the hell is he supposed to do - especially when the new Dom wants him to join them - permanently?
Warnings: This title contains BDSM principles, bondage, flogging/whipping, anal sex and some elements of non-consensual sex and M/F/M theme.
Clare C’s Review
Having read the first book in the series, Nisey’s Awakening, I very much looked forward to reading Taming Kalinda. The first chapter began with the same inviting writing style and likeable portrayal of characters as Nisey’s Awakening. I found the premise to be exceptionally interesting. Two years after Josh throws her out of his life, Kalinda and her new Dom return to Chicago for an extended visit. The new Dom wants her to resolve her issues with Josh, either by exorcising his memory completely or by having him permanently join them.
The writing style devolves rather quickly. Sentences are a bit awkward and sometimes convoluted. As we get to know them, the characters seem more and more immature in their decisions, their reasoning, and their relationship to one another. I knew the author was a fan of jumping from one character’s point of view to another’s, but there were times it changed without warning or context clues. The simplicity of the story means the reader doesn’t get lost, but there didn’t seem to be a reason for us to be in the head of some of the minor characters.
The eroticism of the BDSM scenes was lost in issues of dubious consent and a distinct lack of romanticism and respect between the characters. They didn’t seem to be interested in one another on any level other than the sexual, and that doesn’t make for romance. It also prohibits the reader from truly connecting to the characters. If you’re looking for a kinky story focused on complete and total submission, Taming Kalinda is for you.
2 Tea Cups!