Publisher: from ELLORA’S CAVE
My Copy: Sent by author for review
Type: Erotic Short Story
Deposed queen Rhiannon’s sexual proclivities have finally gotten her into trouble. After Rhiannon took a pleasure slave who didn’t belong to her, the courtesan’s master is asking the ultimate price for the trespass—not Rhiannon’s life, but her body…and complete submission for three days. Rhiannon is determined to submit only her body, but Lord Ignius Sebastian, her new master, will settle for nothing less than her soul.
Stripped of her title of Queen, Rhiannon has become nearly like those who serve her. She has no need for the title anyway and so she continues with her life as she sees fit. Her cravings for sexual release did not stop at her banishment however and when she takes another man’s slave as her own she must heed the consequences.
Lord Ignius has wanted Rhiannon ever since she cast him aside for a human centuries ago. He has bid his time and set a trap that even Rhiannon can’t find a way out of. The lands Council have made their decision regarding her breaking of the rules. She will be turned over to Ignius for 5 day and he may do as he chooses. Any resistance will only be met with a longer sentence.
Their time together may have started with a sentence but they both end up chained. When dominance turns into love Rhiannon isn’t sure how to cope. She is sure Ignius only wants her title and her land. Ignius only wants one thing. Rhiannon.
This short story will scorch your eyeballs right out of your head. It starts out hot, the middle is hot and the end is will leave you ablaze. There are elements of BDSM woven through the book, so be prepared for some dominance and submission. Hot candle wax, silk ties and “toys” are several of the goodies wrote with such sexual awareness that you will shift in your seat a few times.
I enjoyed Rhiannon’s fiery spirit and her ability to tick Ignius off with just a well place insult. Her defiance only made the dominance hotter when Ignius took control. Her love for her first husband was very sweet and the feelings of betrayal to long for another man ran deep. The one thing that confused me was at the beginning Rhiannon seems to feed off the sexual release she gets from her lovers. She mentions that when a release happens she takes a bit of the life force away from whoever she is with. However with Ignius it’s not mentioned. That seemed odd to me that it was important at the beginning but really never mentioned again.
Ignius is a man not to be messed with. What he wants, he gets. People shake in his presence. When Rhiannon not only doesn’t but dismisses him without a second thought years before, he vows to have her one day. With a well placed opportunity laid at his door…it’s time to show Rhiannon who is boss. Ignius is a man who would scare me..make me tremble…but in a delicious, come and get me bad boy, kinda way. He’s the man who would take your deepest, darkest fantasies and make them come true with a mere thought.
The secondary character of Eve, who seemed to have some jealousy issues was sent away for “punishment” never to be heard from again…so I wonder if that might have been delved into deeper. Where did she go? Does she still work for Ignius? Her opening scene in the book with Rhiannon and then car scene later were both wrote in excellent detail.
On a side note…I really don’t like the cover. I can’t get into that guy. Don’t know why. It might be because he looks completely fake. Not that Emma had much say over it probably, I’m sure she didn’t. Just, you know, if I see the cover that’s who I envision while reading. And since I don’t like that guy, it made it hard to get him out of my head and picture my own Ignius LOL. I pictured him much bigger and darker. And meaner…much meaner then the smirk on the cover boys face.
Emma does a great job of taking historical elements and placing them in with modern conveniences with ease. The people all have an old world feel in a new world atmosphere. The attention to detail that Emma has for the surroundings are spot on and will leave you searching your mind for nothing.
Reign of Pleasure is one of those erotic short stories that will capture your attention from page 1 and leave you begging for more. Enter a world where BDSM runs rampant and your darkest desires are laid at your feet.
I give Reign of Pleasure by Emma Petersen 3.75 stars!