Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Forever (May 1, 2009)
book origin; personal library
main players: Mark St. Crow & Ruby Scott
FROM FANTASY TO ECSTASY
Ruby Scott is a beautiful, quiet event planner who leads an oh-so-respectable life. Yet the things that go on in her secret fantasies are anything but. She has every intention of keeping her hidden desires under wraps-until she meets a gorgeous, hard-muscled man ten years her junior. Mark St. Crow is a gifted, up-and-coming musician who collects erotic art and loves to "play" women as much as his piano. After one night of uninhibited passion, Ruby realizes there's no turning back. But as she surrenders to her deepest needs and lets Mark control every forbidden thrill, her passion for him builds. Can the wild, intoxicating nights they share lead to a love that will last forever?
Photo’s that should have never seen the inside of a gallery accidently do and with it Ruby Scott, event planner and average woman, gets recognized by an up-and-coming musician, Mark St. Crow. The instant simmering attraction pulls at both their wants and needs which reach a shocking pinnacle that night for Ruby.
Ruby promised herself one night with this ladies’ man, one night of bound pleasure and in the morning a casual goodbye. But nobody dismisses a Mark St. Crow like that…
If there is one topic that can always rock my boat than it is BDSM or D/s. I love the detailed care and the strong will of a Dominant opposite the eventual surrender of the submissive discovering her own power in the submission. This exchange is highly sensual but also very intense, emotional and very confronting for each who endeavors in this scene. There was much I enjoyed in Bound To Please but I also have a critical note in that Mark St. Crow did not work completely for me as a Dominant or Ruby Scott as a submissive.
Mark is all a great leading male should be; talented in what he does, vigorous, lean and muscular, a jeans and leather clad body, and a persona with a troubled past. The image evoked by Lilli Feisty is one that I gobbled up in the beginning. That of the musician breaking through, a man who works hard but also pursues his pleasures. I liked him as a man but his actions didn’t always seem to be that of a Dominant. He ultimately allows Ruby numerous actions that doesn’t give a clear D/s signal, he blushes after a comment on their ages and even in the end they do something that is a big no no for me in the D/s storyline. The choice of Mark and Ruby is motivated only I have trouble believing a true Dominant and submissive can change their nature like that. At times the D/s scenes felt rushed and in a grey area completing my confusion as how to perceive their growing relationship.
Ruby Scott is in her late thirties, with all the insecurities and doubt that come along at that age and in that she is the kind of woman who is recognizable for many female readers. Ruby is empowering her own sexuality by trying to accept her own sexual needs. In that regard Mark instantly understands those needs and while she will not allow the relationship to blossom in to something serious, she is more than willing to explore what he is giving her.
Of course there are commitment issues, the struggles in how to deal with the pain of the past and how to make it work as a couple with separate careers. The music is playing a key part in it and makes the struggles of both Mark and Ruby believable as it connects them on a certain level of intimacy or fear thereof. It deepens the meaning of the erotic side in their story and ignites the more romantic feelings.
I had my issues with the D/s element in Bound To Please but as an erotica romance as a whole it was a very enjoyable read. Certain scenes were refreshing to read; if only to think of the strawberry dessert in a fancy restaurant, a fetish party, a jasmine vine to be bound with. Or Meg, the friend of Ruby, who had her own sexual issues with her husband and where the solution is one I do not often encounter. The erotically-charged vibe in this story has hit the right note if you want various naughty games and venues concerning both the central couple as well as with a solid developed supporting cast. Combine it with the smooth, easy to read writing style of Lilli Feisty and you read the chapters as though it were your favorite candy, one right after the other.
Save my critical note I can tell you that from all sides Bound To Please is a rounded erotic romance that will deliver on a pleasurable read!
When he looked at her like that, like he owned her, her insides quivered. She got wet, she got off on it. And fuck it, at this point she couldn’t deny him anything.