Monday, August 19, 2013

How to Discipline Your Vampire by Mina Vaughn

Title:  How to Discipline Your Vampire
Author: Mina Vaughn
My Rating: B+

Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Release Date: August 2013
Main Characters: Cerise and William
Publisher: Pocket
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
In this exciting paranormal erotic romance, a dominant schoolteacher with a serious role-play fetish finds the perfect submissive in an infamous vampire lover.

Cerise Norrell, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the time she’s home from school.

Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to vanilla relationships, or be alone forever—she meets William, who wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with canned goods.

But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise discovers she’s become dome to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s known throughout the BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a hard body.

And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and learn to be vulnerable.

My Review:
First and foremost, you need to go into this book expecting a humorous story. I wouldn't say that the story is tongue-in-cheek per se, but the author definitely approaches the story of Cerise and William with huge amounts of humor and sarcasm. 

Cerise is a domme, but she's not a domme really interested in the painful aspect of BDSM. No, she's a domme who get's off on being in complete the point of being OCD. Lately she's been flying through subs because none of them can live up to her high standards of what she wants from a scene. As a result, the book opens with her participating in a speed dating type scenario for BDSM.

At this speed dating event is William. He's a vampire and that's seriously hurting  his ability to submit. Between the cold of his skin and the fact that it takes a LOT more to restrain or hurt him, most dommes do not want to take him on. What Cerise doesn't realize at first is that he is actually a vampire. 

This book was light and entertaining. I need to take this kind of humor in my reading in small doses, but I read it over a family weekend trip so it worked perfectly. I will say I wished it was a tiny bit shorter. I think the conflict became too drawn out and the entire book would have been more satisfying if it had ended at about the 80% mark. But regardless of this, I enjoyed reading it. The mental quips from Cerise kept me grinning and the entire set up of the story was very humorous and fun. It was nice to read it for something a bit different. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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