Jeanie’s life has been turned upside down. She’s lost her husband at an early age and with him, her way. An offer from a man she’s avoided, a man that was her husbands best friend, may be the only thing that can bring light back into her life. Mark isn’t like most men. His dominant nature helps him see a different side of Jeanie: a submissive woman with a deep capacity to love and please a man. But having a relationship with him so soon after her husbands death causes strife with her in-laws; the only family she knows. Can Mark set her free, or will she walk away, missing out on the chance for an all-encompassing love?
WARNING: BDSM themes, crude language, anal sex and Dom/sub arrangment involving consenting adults. Story meant for adult audience 18+ due to graphic love scenes and adult themes.
I was given an ARC of Knots in exchange for an honest review. Chanse Lowell is a new author for me. Admittedly, I tend to gravitate toward erotic romance, so the subject matter was somewhat out of the norm for me as well, although I have read some e-rom that included the BDSM lifestyle. Having said that, I found Knots to be a very pleasant read, and I especially enjoyed Ms. Lowell’s approach to the topic as well as her writing style.
The story opens with Jeanie attending the funeral of her husband of three years, and although his unexpected heart attack is tragic, Jeanie is struggling with displaying the emotion a young widow should be showing. In fact, the only emotion Jeanie seems to be experiencing is an overwhelming attraction to her deceased husband’s best friend, Mark. His dominant nature is both appealing and confusing, especially given the circumstances, but Jeanie’s soon realizes that her attraction is not unrequited.
Knots is an examination of Jeanie’s introduction into Marks D/s world. It explores both the physical and emotional aspects of the lifestyle. The book is written in third person, which allows the reader insight into both characters’ journey in a mature and honest way.
I really liked Mark and Jeanie. I liked them as people, and I really liked them as a couple. Their dialogue was honest and genuine, and their intimacy was believable. The “scenes” were erotic and well-written. There were times I felt like I needed to understand Mark better, and I wished for more character development. However, the book really is about Jeanie’s journey, and in that I was not disappointed.
Knots was an enjoyable read, and earns
Chanse grew up in the desert southwest and still lives there with her husband, children, and pet cactus. She’s addicted to three things: reading erotica, writing erotica and sandwiches with a side of erotica to aid with digestion. She grew up watching programs with science fiction and historical fiction themes, and is determined she can combine her three favorite genres, creating a new breed of novel with scifi, historical and smut sandwiched in the middle.
The last thing she ever thought she’d do was pursue her dream to be a writer since her family tends to keep her busy. When she was introduced to fan fiction, she realized she wanted to see more science fiction and historical fiction to fill in the gap with lots of naughtiness thrown in, of course. Her true passion is creating her own worlds from scratch, letting her imagination go and take her to another place.
She has two novels coming out soon, Sleeves a science fiction erotica and Knots, a contemporary BDSM that shows the softer, tender side of a Dom/sub relationship. Having recently entered the lifestyle and discovering she’s a submissive herself has opened her eyes to how few stories there are exploring the softer side of the lifestyle. She enjoys chatting online with others with similar kinky interests and has advisers in the lifestyle that help make sure her stories remain true and don’t veer off into outer space. Although aliens probably enjoy kink, too, since they like to dress in rubber fetish-wear while traveling. At least that’s her argument for why her new genre she’s created is valid.
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