Title: Magical Night
Author: Karen A. Sullivan
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance/BDSM
Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing
Release Date: January 18, 2013
Jade’s Rating: 4 stars
Kay Maclachan cannot speak the words that she holds fast in her heart. Jim will not propose until she does, but he has a plan. He will treat his love to a night of BDSM and domination, teasing all of her senses, and driving her into a white-hot, sexual desire that begs for fulfillment. He will force her to say the words he needs to hear, and enjoy torturing them from her.
If you are looking for a short erotic story with BDSM elements, then this is for you. I make a point to mention the involvement of BDSM elements because if you do not find pleasure in reading about such a topic, you will not enjoy the majority of the story and will likely miss the climax in your efforts to avoid it. Yes, that pun was definitely intended.
What I liked the most about Magical Night was that Kay’s thoughts and emotions were virtually transparent to readers. Many people outside of the BDSM community, and perhaps some inside the community as well, have a hard time comprehending the mental state and feelings of a submissive in the D/s and BDSM culture. As a result, I appreciated the fact that readers are experiencing along with Kay her emotional highs and lows, her desire, her thoughts, her fear of speaking aloud those little words. At first she doesn’t understand why Jim is doing these things to her; she thinks that she has done something wrong, embarrassed him in front of his colleagues, and that he is punishing her. But as we follow her thoughts through both the emotional and physical sensations she is experiencing, we come to realize along with Kay why he feels it is necessary to do this to her. We read on as she experiences a kind of sexual awakening, which produces exactly the sort of reaction that Jim wanted and leads to her giving him exactly what he wanted to hear.
I also liked the fact that the domination and BDSM elements were portrayed in a positive way, especially after she realized that she was enjoying what he was doing to her. It shows that love and trust are essential to such relationships. It also shows that it has nothing to do with beating a sub/slave senseless, that instead there is much pleasure to be had in such practices.
This last bit is merely my opinion as I most enjoy seeing the story from the perspective of all the characters, and those who enjoy reading a story from the perspective of only or mostly one character may disagree. I would have liked to have experienced more of Jim’s perspective throughout the story. I suppose I understand why not, to build up the suspense for what was to come later. Still, I would have liked to know more of Jim’s thoughts and feelings directly rather than trying to interpret them through Kay’s perceptions. But that is just my opinion. Overall, I found it an enjoyable read for those who like hot erotic short stories that offer more than just vanilla spankings.
*Please note: I was given a copy of this book since this review was requested by the author.