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Title: Ravish Me
Author: Cindy Jacks
Release Date: 20 June 2012
Genre: BDSM, D/s
Pages: 179 KB
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Posted: July 2nd 2012
Reviewer: The Black Pearl
Heat Level: III
Reader Advisory: Descriptions of nonconsensual sex could be potentially triggering for some readers.
Jane’s boyfriend Matthew is perfect in all ways but one—in the bedroom. Sure, their sex life is sweet and romantic, but therein lies the problem. Jane harbors secret desires that she’s afraid will turn off her vanilla lover. But finally she confides in him, introducing him to the world of non-con role play.
Matthew has always believed no means no, but in ravishment fantasy, no means yes, yes, yes. He’s reticent to open the door to the darker side of his sexuality, but with Jane’s patient guidance, he finds he enjoys the role of aggressor. Perhaps more than he’s comfortable with. The role play stirs up a host of memories he’d rather forget, leaving Matthew to wonder which is his true self—the sweet, romantic lover…or the ravisher.
When I initially read the blurb for Ravish Me by Cindy Jacks, I was intrigued by the words "ravishment fantasy". Having read (and enjoyed) several books featuring non-consensual and light bondage themes, I was curious as to how "ravishment fantasy" differed. I now know and
can say that this is a sub-genre of erotica that I will be adding to the list of themes that I enjoy. Don’t judge me. I have been to enough message boards and discussion forums to know that the subject of "forced seduction" is a controversial subject matter to many readers. I have always enjoyed this theme ever since I read my first historical romance The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and refuse to feel guilty for it because it’s not
"politically correct". Most romances written during the 80's featured this theme and were very successful. As Ravish Me has shown, there is a genre for everyone. My best friend happens to enjoy erotic novels that feature were-animals mating with humans. If I’m not mistaken she said that some of these encounters took place while the were-creature was still in animal form. I happen to have trouble differentiating this from bestiality. I enjoy reading the
occasional vampire novel; another friend will only do so if the vampire is not of the undead variety as she views this as necrophilia. And I recently learned that there were novels featuring such themes as: M/M, GLBT, Ménage (another theme I enjoy), partner-swapping, etc. My point is: There is something for everyone and we should all be allowed the freedom to read what we want without being made to feel abnormal for it. *stepping off soap box
When I came across the term "vanilla lover" in the blurb, I thought this might be an interracial romance. This was not the case. A quick Google search revealed that to refer to someone as a "vanilla lover" is another way of saying the person is very conventional in their sexual practices, or as I like to say "bland, boring, and routine". I continue to learn something new as I broaden my reading choices. I also learned a new word I had never heard of nor come across before: tchotchkes. You’ll have to look it up as I did and then try to pronounce it.
I really enjoyed Ravish Me by Cindy Jacks. The author does an excellent job of introducing the idea of "fantasy rape" into the story and easing the reader into it. The reason behind Jane’s desire to be sexually dominated made a lot of sense. Matthew’s transformation from gentle gentleman to dark dominator was quite believable and his initial aversion to this form of role play was understood. The love scenes in this book were hot, hot, hot!!! It was just a really good read. My one complaint was the author’s use of the word "squealed". Squealed is not a favorite word of mine. It makes me think of a pig in pain.
All in all, Ravish Me is a great read and not too long. I read this highly recommended, hot fantasy in one evening.