The Dom Project (LA Doms)
Tall, Dark and Dominant. Living up to her handle "The Picky Submissive," she's on the verge of giving up and settling for vanilla with a side of fuzzy handcuffs when she discovers her best friend and colleague has a kinky side, too. Sexy, tattooed techie John Sun is an experienced Dom who never lacks for playmates, male or female.
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If he can't satisfy Robin's cravings, maybe no one can--after all, he knows her better than anyone. So he offers to help her master the art of submission for one month. They were certainly an interesting couple as well. Robin, small and very self-assured librarian looking gal and John - all gorgeous limbs, tall, tattooed American Ch Don't expect anything dark or super steamy, peeps.
Robin, small and very self-assured librarian looking gal and John - all gorgeous limbs, tall, tattooed American Chinese work together in the university. While Robin unsuccessfully tries to find her perfect Dom because this is the type of relationship she craves, John has been into the lifestyle for years and kept it secret from Robin whom he always fancied but considered pretty straight.
When they discover that their interests align both are wary of losing their friendship if their other relationship fail, so John goes very slowly trying to help Robin with her fantasies while both become increasingly unsatisfied with the boundaries they set for each other. I don't have to tell you that when their boiling point is reached, it's all very satisfying. There is also a side story as well where they both chase the collection of mysterious old pornographic photographs for the university which works with the main story nicely. Overall, a nice light read. Recommended as a bookish snack.
The idea of this book was a good one. But for me, this book dragged for the most part, and I found myself skimming it and just waiting for it to end. For the most part it was a sweet love story between 2 best friends that find they have the same "interests". But there was just too much talk about things that really didn't matter. I also had a hard time believing in John's Domination, but I did believe in their friendship and their love for each other, the growth the both found with each other.
St The idea of this book was a good one. View all 4 comments. Dec 23, Suleikha Snyder rated it really liked it. The Dom Project is one such tale, balancing the exploration of a "picky submissive"'s sexual journey and the path of two geeky friends to lovers. Robin and John have a wonderful chemistry, fun and flirty with just enough angst to create some conflict, and Belleau and Ames ensure that I'll be picking up the next in their L.
Jan 14, Monica Cullip rated it really liked it. When I saw this title I was instantly drawn to it. Robin Lessing is just discover her submissive nature and nuturing her desires, I was in. These authors did not disappoint, in fact they add lots of humour and life to this story, they made it have lots of character and I truly enjoyed it. Robin works as an university archivist and is the author of a blog titled "The Picky Submissive", this is where she is telling the world, OK, whoever is reading about her journey in the world of BDSM, or in her case her want of a journey.
John one of her best friends since their college days has been a practising Dom with Robin being aware of it. He is six foot tall, Asian, and has a full sleeve tattoo along with alot of muscles, definately some yummy eye candy. Together they are researching the photographs on Irina Mareau a erotic model from the 's. Robin is surprised to learn that John knows more about the subject that she had thought. When John learns of Robins wants and needs he offers to dominate her, to help her discover what her likes and dislikes are. They start out by meeting three times a week and venture into many aspects of the life style, exploring things like spanking, role play, butt plugs, bondage and even some funky vibrators.
Robin's blogging of the whole experience is certainly fresh and humourful. It was hilarious to read both the positive and negative comments that her blog was getting. How great that she was able to share what she was feeling in such a manner. Now when experimenting with BDSM and not allowing sex, there is bound to be some tension, some feelings, some lustfull thoughts and soon these guidelines may need to be enlarged. Can it be possible to take things further?
To make a new contract?
Will Robin still like John after he introduces her to some of the heavier things he likes to do? Will Robin find that she likes the lifestyle and want to continue living this way. I thought this story was very well done. The idea of discovering what turns you on with someone that you trust makes the experience all the deeper and more meaningfull. There is a whole lot of lust going on here and many feelings that these two are not aware of come quickly into play.
It was great to see Robin learn more about herself. I thought John was just so very hot. Jan 12, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: She also is a submissive, although less success in this venture. As a way to vent frustrations as well as document her journey, she created a blog call The Picky Submissive. In the past, she has been lacking in serious relationships but not for sex.
Because he is able to leave his work at the door, he is able to live it up spending much of his time focusing as a Dominant with many playdates. Although best friends, after Robin makes an offhanded comment, John begins to suspect there may be more to her than he knows. With just a little searching he not only finds her blog but that she is attending a bdsm themed event, so he decides to pay her a visit. He decides to help her define her limits as well as her fetishes and interests but with no sex.
I think anyone who has either tried online dating or tiptoed into the lifestyle can relate to her issues of dealing with wannabe Dominants poaching the newbies. As distressing as that particular section is, it is equally pivotal to the overall arc of the story. While the humiliation play is somewhat unsettling, there are other scenes more than scintillating to entice you to keep going. Several instances exist where Robin likes to run and John likes to place blame and anger; I wished some expansion for the reasons behind these behaviors. I believe it could not only broaden the knowledge of their history but put their relationship on a different level.
Overall, it is an interesting foray to understand how this submissive finds her Wonderland. Her best friend John is a Dom, although neither knows of the other's sexual preferences. When they find out, they make a deal. Surely they can do this experiment and maintain their friendship too.
If you want to take this story down to its bare bones, it's a friends-to-lovers story with a heavy dose of BDSM. But it is so much more than just that. The characters were deep and complex.follow site
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The story was fast paced and gripping, hot and searing. In a good way. I do want to mention that there are some scenes involving John and other partners. I felt it added more layers to John's character. It made me want to know even more about him. I love a story that sticks with me after I read it. The characters come alive in my head.
This one certainly fit the bill. I certainly hope that the authors work together again because I can't wait to see what else they could come up with. What a great read to kick off Jan 06, Jenn Cunha rated it liked it Shelves: I was looking forward to reading this. It had a little bit of everything, but I love the friends-to-lovers element. That being said, I'm starting to wonder if I need to lower my expectations when it comes to books.
The Dom Project. Heloise Belleau, Solace Ames
It felt like Belleau glossed over the most important parts of John and Robin's relationship. We got very little about their friendship and even less, it seemed, about their weeks during the "project". We never find out how Robin realized she was in to the scene and kept getting exposed to John's bi side, but never talk about how that effects their relationship in the future. The mystery commenter element? Teased for a sentence or two, and then we find out who it is, but never really get an explanation for why.
The whole Irina Mareau aspect of the story is also glossed over, finishing kind of awkwardly. Again, I'm forced to ask for more. I understand that authors don't want to bore their readers especially in erotica , but I need a reason to keep reading.
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And let's be honest, the love scenes were not that descriptive, at least not enough to take away from other elements of the story. In all, Belleau has the beginnings of a terrific story, but it needs more to make me truly care about the characters and what I'm reading. Jan 05, Tabatha rated it liked it Shelves: Although I was very intrigued by the premise of this book, I also wasn't exactly expecting what we received either I will admit that I loved the friends to lovers storyline, and definitely enjoyed the light to moderate BDSM elements as well. I have to be honest here and admit Although I was very intrigued by the premise of this book, I also wasn't exactly expecting what we received either I have to be honest here and admit that I did find it rather hard to believe that neither of them had thought of one another in a sexual sense prior to setting up their arrangement.
Casting those feelings aside though, I enjoyed the way things worked out for them once they truly embraced the potential relationship they could achieve. Overall, this was definitely an enjoyable read. Dec 16, Tiffany Callan rated it really liked it. I'd be happy to look at more of the authors work and would recommend this book to others.
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Jan 01, Jenn rated it it was amazing. Fabulous strong female character who is an intelligent archivist by day and a "picky submissive" looking for guidance by night? An equally strong tattooed, smart male character - and not white! A solid relationship already established, allowing them to develop and explore their attraction in a hot and fun fashion? I enjoyed this one, mainly because it avoided a lot of the tropes we find in most BDSM novellas these day Fabulous strong female character who is an intelligent archivist by day and a "picky submissive" looking for guidance by night?
I enjoyed this one, mainly because it avoided a lot of the tropes we find in most BDSM novellas these days. Also appreciated - the older Dom character, the idea that sometimes things don't work out the way you expect and that not all families are open and accepting of character flaws in this case, the drug addicted sibling and the ostrich parents.
I'll look for more from this pair of authors. Dec 02, Sofia Lazaridou rated it liked it Shelves: The BDSM will get 3 stars. The chemistry between the two heroes gets 2. I have a question about the nature of the relationship Robin and John Howe. Do they have an open relationship or just let someone else sub for them or spank them? I don't like it when the hero has sex with someone else other than the heroine the same goes to her when he has feeling for her Kellan is The BDSM will get 3 stars.
I don't like it when the hero has sex with someone else other than the heroine the same goes to her when he has feeling for her Kellan is the only exception. I would have liked the book more if John and Robins scenes were more detailed and not recapped on her blog. The characters didn't involve. I could feel the passion between the two of them. Dec 13, Laura rated it it was ok Shelves: Arc via netgalley A not so great story of friends who don't know the other is into bdsm and are looking for each other.
Very hard to connect to this. This appears to be a bdsm bandwagon book. Lacking true experience and depth Well it appears not only authors but many men and woman jumping on this now that s Arc via netgalley A not so great story of friends who don't know the other is into bdsm and are looking for each other.
Well it appears not only authors but many men and woman jumping on this now that society is becoming more accepting. Don't waste your time. If your like me, enjoy ready depraved dark and real scenes via fiction, not for you I expected a heroine that I'd hate. An annoying woman who would piss me off and I'd throw my iPad at the wall. What I got was this woman that I found fun and adventurous. When she sets out to find what it means to her to be submissive, she goes all out.
She's cautious, but not so much so that she doesn't have fun. Robin really works at it, sure, but when she lets go it's awesome. Then there is John. Someone else who was so open to things. Open to showing Robin the way, he I expected a heroine that I'd hate. Open to showing Robin the way, helping her on her journey. I liked him a lot, may be more for his openness than anything. This was a fun book to read.
Dec 18, JG rated it really liked it Shelves: This one was one exceptionally good book. Engaging, witty, funny and real. A true romance with a BDSM setting but so everyday life as well. Fantastic writing, great memorable characters and a very unique twist to the friends into lovers trope. There are a lot of elements going into this book but its all flawlessly put together making the flow of the story great. It has enough of everything for every reader. Highly recommended reading whether you are into the BDSM romantic genre or not. Dec 25, Fiordiligii rated it did not like it Shelves: This is my sixth novel from Carina Press, and so far I am not really overwhelmed by this publisher's titles.
As soon as the hero ordered one of his trainees to serve as a table, my eyes started rolling on their own, and discontinued. There have been BDSM stories in my backlist much more hardcore, but I have little taste for certain aspects of the lifestyle an This is my sixth novel from Carina Press, and so far I am not really overwhelmed by this publisher's titles. There have been BDSM stories in my backlist much more hardcore, but I have little taste for certain aspects of the lifestyle and therefore decided to save myself some time.
Dec 04, Daria rated it really liked it Shelves: Jan 03, Bridget rated it really liked it Shelves: Short and somewhat fluffy with super likeable main characters, this was such a fun read! I loved the friends to lovers arc, their workplace, and most of all the sweetness. I much prefer the more equal starting place for the power dynamics and BDSM elements of this story.
Jul 15, Kate Crowe rated it liked it. Overview Music Video Charts. Opening the iTunes Store. If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop. If Apple Books doesn't open, click the Books app in your Dock. Click I Have iTunes to open it now. View More by This Author. Description By day, Robin Lessing has a successful career as a university archivist.
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