Reviewed by Mandi
I saw Courtney Milan tweet positively about Sated, and she linked to a B+ review over at Smart Bitches. I’m not super into BDSM, although I’ve read my fair share of it. This one intrigued me because I saw the hero and heroine were more on the geeky side so I decided to try it. I read it in one sitting and had a smile on my face.
Keira has had bad luck in the dating department. She is super into a science-fiction show called Galaxis, and gets along better with her online friends than the men she tries dating in real life. As Keira puts it:
When she wasn’t in the gym, her face was buried in a book or a comic, or focused on the nearest screen playing her sci-fi favorites. Keira had crafted herself into the dream student, the model child, and the ideal athlete. And the most socially awkward human being ever.
She is a fitness instructor at a gym, and is good friends with two of her male co-workers. When they hear she doesn’t have anyone to go with to the a Galaxis convention, they offer her a friend by the name of Daniel, whose brother happens to be on the show. Daniel is a pyrotechnic operator for bands on tour. After a bad explosion, he lost his right hand, but with extensive therapy, he now uses a prosthetic and has been able to continue in his career. Daniel is big into the BDSM scenes, having a club he frequents and enjoys. He is a switch, enjoying both submitting and being a dominant. While he has many sexual experiences at the club, he hasn’t seriously dated anyone for a very long time.
He gladly meets Keira at the convention and they really hit it off. They have a lot in common and their conversation flows easily. However, Keira is not familiar at all with BDSM. Because it’s foreign to her, it’s scary to her. Even with that difference, they decide to go on an official date and things play out from here.
This book surprised me in a way – it didn’t play out exactly how I thought it would (and that is a good thing). Keira is very open and talkative and a little silly. I really enjoyed her. She wants to learn all there is about BDSM. She is very open to it and this makes Daniel excited. She comes across very genuine, which really appealed to me. After she admits to Daniel she loves watching guys pleasure themselves:
“Oh my gosh, no! Don’t!”
“You sure?” Daniel asked, his hand still in his boxers.
“No. Yes. I don’t know! Do you usually whip it out on first dates?”
Daniel dropped his chin, giving her a telling look. “It’s happened.”
“Oh gosh. Okay. Okay. Do it. No! Do it.”
Pssst – he does it.
It’s not that Daniel needs to be immersed in BDSM every time he has sex, but it is a very big part of his life. He slowly introduces her to it, and she likes it. She does her own research and they start trying things out together. All the while – Keira keeps her sense of humor:
He had a roll of red shiny tape hanging off his prosthetic hook. “Do you know what this is?”
“Festive duct tape?”
“It’s called bondage tape.”
After reading five million romance books, sometimes you can predict the sex scenes – but this one is a little different. Keira isn’t afraid to ask Daniel to do things – and he very much complies.
Once Daniel starts taking Keira out of the bedroom and into the club scene, things get more complicated for her. She wasn’t quite prepared for the intensity of it – and they have to work through it.
Time jumps forward in this book – I think it’s about 120 pages and there are times a week or two goes by, where these two continue to get to know one another but for the reader it feels a little rushed. But otherwise I really enjoyed this book. It’s really sexy and cute. Will definitely keep track of this author.