“Project: Notice Me” is a win-win for Kyle. He’ll do a series of demonstrations at the club and have a good time with people he knows and the fledging Doms who are new to the scene and looking for encouragement from an experienced Sub. And maybe along the way, he’ll attract the attention of the new Dom at the club, the one with terrible taste in fashion, but who has the most intense focus Kyle has ever seen. He wants the entirety of the man’s attention on him. The clothes are optional.
A hefty chunk of BDSM erotica is wish fulfillment to the exclusion of reality. A hot millionaire has a complete dungeon club in his basement? Sure, why not. A Dom can tell who’s a sub just by looking? All over the place. There’s a range from harmless to egregious but in each case reality is shoved off to the side.
To Seek and to Find, on the other hand, strikes me as utterly real. The first BDSM scene is the lowest key public bondage I’ve read – Kyle lies down while a rope corset and halter is put on him. No suspension, no gag, just rope on his torso. Even this, super simple and basic compared to other erotica, makes Kyle dip deep into subspace with repercussions that last into the next day.
There are bunches of little things that make me wonder why I haven’t read them before. For example, Kyle subs in a guided scene for a new Dom. In many books that’d be it, but here we see the pre-scene discussion over coffee, guidance during the scene itself, and a post-mortem the next day to go over what worked and what didn’t. These all strike me as Very Good Ideas, and give the impression that Eradani knows what she’s talking about.
Let’s not forget the romance – haltingly sweet (in a good way), with good communication, hot sex, and room to grow. To Seek and to Find has a happily-ever-after-for-now ending and I can’t wait to see how Kyle and Aiden grow as a couple. A great read even if it’s a little out of your sweet spot.