This book is an almost lighthearted introduction to BDSM. While the premise for this book was interesting, I found the plot and the characters only two-dimensional. The style of writing was simplistic and childlike (I've read better prose from my high school students); it read like Erotica 101 - check your brain at the door and enjoy.
This book was okay, but it had a little (okay a lot) too much domination/jerkish behavior on the part of the "hero" for my tastes. Where it went wrong for me was his insistence on total domination/submission. The heroine had some self esteem issues that he chose to deal with, not with understanding, support and care, but with punishments and insistence that she trust him (immediately, of course). Naturally, when she showed any lack of complete trust, he punished her yet again - but she came to discover that she was into the whole pleasure/pain thing so some of that worked for her. LOL This book almost met the wall a couple of times! He forced her to adress him as "Yes, Milord" at all times, wouldn't allow her to even look at him unless he gave her permission first, and made it glaringly clear that everything was for *his* pleasure, not hers. Oh puh-leeze. LOL At times I wasn't sure which one I wanted to smack more! Having said all that though, I'm glad I at least finished it. It did get better towards the end. It wasn't bad, just not my cuppa.
I had high hopes for this book, but I found the characters very flat, even for erotic romance characters. The premise and world are interesting but not enough so to make me actively seek out the others in this series, although some of the later ones do seem more promising. This one might be worth a try if you want a more lighthearted (?) and fanciful submission type story and are willing to engage with the very cartoony wonderland type world.
I am an avid fan of Rubenesque titles from Ellora's Cave and more of Cheyenne McCray, she's an fantastic writer.
What most fascinated me and make this title so felt is the purpose of the male character to make the lead female understand and accept her own beauty, that was magical. Wonderland is such a hedonistic place filled with beau and sensual atmosphere but underneath all that there's a plot. Four brothers, one sister, you'll learn the history, the dynamics, I recommend the whole series it is magnificent! Even the spin off titles of Return to Wonderland. Between the battle of wills, her training (he is a dom after all) and while exploring this fantastic world, you'll know what makes the King of Hearts tick. Be like Alice and fall into the rabbit hole, give this title a try, you'll never regret it.
This title involve Sub/Dom situations, Voyeur (I told you it is a hedonistic world), Menage, Shapeshifter and of course an evil witch! Enjoy! ;-)
The story promised mystery (solving the problem of the kings sister who has imposed infertility on the 4 kingdoms female population). There is no resolve. And while I liked the idea of 'loving a larger woman' the plot is lost in a conquest of love (in a kinky kind of way). The writing is good but the characters are flat and the 'role play' is 24/7 no sensible adult-to-adult-ruling-the-kingdom talk. Dialog never evolves beyond 'wrench' and 'milord'.... Lust is proclaimed into love, and there is no emotional attachment from the main guy character.
There are some hot passages, nothing brutal or repulsive but please understand before you order this book that if you are not heavily into Dom vs. Sub you will be way off ...