Reviewed by Tabatha
I know I’m being sexist when I come right out and say this, but I must confess that I’ve never been a real big fan of FemDom books. I know that has more to do with me than the writing, but I have to say that Lynda Aicher definitely surprised me with Bonds of Courage. Now I’m not saying that others haven’t written quality FemDom books, but I think liked this one because I’ve gotten to know Mistress V over the course of this series. She has always had this mysterious quality about her, and I’ve found her to be rather intriguing. I think another reason this book really worked for me, was because Aicher has this fantastic way of keeping the focus on the relationship of her characters where the BDSM elements enhance the connection of the couple. This relationship was far more than that of a Dom and Sub, and instead these two paved their own way into what worked out best for them as a couple.
“He was pretty damn certain that what he felt, the consuming relief and pleasure, the emotional release, was more about giving to her than submitting to just any Domme.”
The story starts out with Holden attempting to get into The Den by claiming to be a Dom, but Vanessa clearly sees he lying when she interviews him. Although he doesn’t have much in the way of experience, he does know after his meeting with Vanessa that he will be submissive only to her. These two embark on a path that calms the wildness building within Holden, while healing deep wounds that have kept Vanessa from allowing anyone into her heart.
“He could make her happy. Please her. He got everything he needed by giving her what she needed. It was the perfect combination that focused the restless energy within. Directed it all to her.”
I’ve loved this series from the start, so I think Bonds of Courage was another great addition to the fold. Aicher did a fantastic job with these two characters, and I simply adored them both. What really appeals to me the most about her books, is that they are about so much more than sex and instead focus more on the connection between her characters as they forge their way into a relationship that works best for them. I really can’t suggest this series strongly enough to any of you who love to read BDSM books with a strong story to go along with your erotic kinkery.
“She really had no idea how Holden had gotten behind her barriers and found all of her.”
*I received an a review copy from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*
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