THE PRINCIPLE OF DESIRE
Dryden’s third Science of Temptation novella is by far her best. Ed is such an endearing hero, and his normality provides a great contrast to the caricatures often found in BDSM romances. Beth and Ed’s exploration of kink is refreshingly fun and doesn’t fall prey to the serious nature many romances of this sort try and capture. Although Beth isn’t a whip-wielding dominatrix, her position as a Domme with switch tendencies is believable and incredibly hot.
Vanilla curmudgeon Ed has no idea his fellow nerd friends are supremely kinky and is shocked when a search for his missing cell phone brings him to a BDSM club. Even more unbelievable is that the cute girl he just met at a party, Beth, is a submissive-turned-dominatrix, and she needs Ed to play sub when her former Dom boyfriend — complete with strong, masculine features and South African accent — walks in. Beth is charmed by Ed’s goofy nature and turned on by how much he loves her control. Beth’s ex won’t stand for her rejection, but when he lands in the hospital, Beth questions if she’s ready to put her old feelings to rest and start anew. (CARINAPRESS.COM, dl $2.99)