CLAIMED Book Blurb:
A novel of erotic discovery and forbidden desire that goes beyond Fifty Shades of Grey.
Presely Flynn is ripe to experience her secret fantasies… and Dmitri Pratt wants nothing more than to fulfill them. Once inside the elite Club Sin in Las Vegas, Presley is nervous but excited—and determined to surrender to her every desire. Dmitri is her Master, and his touch is like fire. With each careful, calculated caress, he unleashes her wildest inhibitions, giving her unimagined pleasure.
Presley is different than the other submissives Dmitri has mastered. The BDSM lifestyle is new to her, and so are the games they play at Club Sin. From the Start, Presley stirs emotions in Dmitri far beyond the raw purity between a Dom and the perfect sub. For the ecstasy they share goes beyond the dungeon, igniting a passion that claims the very depths of the heart.
CLAIMED is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
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ABOUT STACEY KENNEDY
Stacey Kennedy is an urban fantasy lover at heart, but she also enjoys losing herself in dark and sensual worlds. She loves in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who gave her a happily-ever-after. Together, they have two small children who can always make her smile, and who will never be allowed to read Mommy’s books. If she’s not plugging away at a new story, you’ll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, True Blood and Lost Girl.
I’m so thrilled to be here at Smutty Kitty! Today I thought it’d be great to chat about common misconceptions about BDSM and how I tried to subvert them in Claimed. Personally, I think the biggest misconception is that there is only one way to write a BDSM novel. The woman is submissive and the sex is hardcore.
When talking about sex, whether it be vanilla sex or BDSM, everyone has different likes and dislikes. It’s why in BDSM people set out their limits. In truth, the rules that apply to CLUB SIN are rules that personally I think are safe. No cutting or blood play, no breath play, and a few others that would be hard limits for me.
Of course, there are people who love those elements to BDSM, and I’m not about to tell anyone what’s right or wrong. But it doesn’t mean everyone in the lifestyle wants to be involved in that type of play. Some people like a little bondage, some like wax, some like playing in front of a crowd, some like being spanked. Not every submissive wants a hardcore scene, and that’s all right.
In CLUB SIN, the power exchange is the key to the series. It’s the heroine giving up control and yes, of course, there is kink. But the focus isn’t on the woman surrendering herself to be a slave. It’s showing that the BDSM lifestyle–and the kinky sex–has given her something that was missing in her life.
My feeling is that this type of sexual play enhances someone’s life, not takes anything away. So, I really wanted to tap into what the lifestyle brings to a submissive and a Dom, and show that in this series.
Yes, the Dom is the alpha, but the manner in which he controls the relationship isn’t overpowering. It’s to help the submissive along in the journey of her realizing that her submission eases a part of her soul. That it gives her something she didn’t have before, and that the Dom in her life brings her happiness.
CLAIMED is softer in regards to the BDSM, but that move had been purposeful on my part. I didn’t want the story to be about the hot and heavy sexual moments, which yes, I’ve written before in other stories. I wanted the story to be about the beauty of surrendering yourself to someone else. I wanted it to be softer, because let’s face it, when two people play with kink, it is a beautiful experience for them. Of course, there is heat in CLAIMED, but Dmitri is a gentle Dom.
I wanted the story to focus away from why they got into BDSM in the first place and why they chose to life the BDSM lifestyle. I wanted a realistic approach to why someone likes to be tied up, why they enjoy the kinkier side of sex, and what they get out of that lifestyle. And I wanted them to be confident in their choices, because heck, there is nothing wrong with wanting to spice up your life!
So, right down to it–yes, in a BDSM story, you need a power exchange and you need kink, but there isn’t one way to write the story. And there isn’t a guideline of what is okay in the BDSM lifestyle–every person is different and has different views. As long as everything is consensual and safe, indulge in those wicked fantasies!
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