Red Ribbon

Liz had what every woman wants and it wasn't enough. Why? Searching for what she can't live without she runs into an old college pal at the BDSM mixer she hopes will yield a man who can help her achieve her greatest need. When Mark assumes she is a dom as he is, she agrees to have coffee with him. And relieve him of his misconception. Mark is making all her cylinders fire. Could he be the one?

Mark has gone through life thinking he was a freak until recently. Now aware his sexual needs have a definition, he's spent the last two years looking for the perfect sub. When he runs into Liz, he shoves aside his embarrassment (she was at the mixer for the same reason after all) and they go for coffee to catch up. When she shows him her red ribbon, he's on instant alert. Could she be that something different he's been searching for?

On the far end of the BDSM culture, both Mark and Liz crave darker things than the norm. While Mark has accepted who he is, Liz still struggles. This adds some conflict as they negotiate a sexual Dom/sub relationship. With the contract and defined relationship, both are surprised when they also start to date. While they are Marcus and Elizabeth when they play, Mark and Liz also genuinely like one another. With two definite relationships growing, the two never intertwine. Until they have to. Can the two parts co-exist?

Well this was a different kind of story. An erotic romance that went a bit further than usual, it made me a little uncomfortable at times. Marcus and Elizabeth were extreme at times and with societies conditioning and expectations, Liz tortured herself about what she needed. While I'm no mental health specialist, this was intense stuff. While I was a little surprised at the speed with which the relationship morphed and blended, there was no guarantee of a happy ending. While both Mark and Liz were focused and in love, the journey to where the book ended was rough and I anticipate more of the same in their future. But the future was left to the reader's imagination, and I wished for a more definitive end. Lazy on my part perhaps, but the story of Mark and Liz was so volatile, my imagination can't possibly do them justice.

Book Blurb for Red Ribbon

Running into an old friend isn’t a big deal, unless you’re attending a BDSM mixer. When Liz, a woman who has it all—except a sex life—sees college pal Mark in the parking lot, she brushes off her embarrassment and agrees to go out for coffee to catch up.

Mark assumes Liz is a Domme, but when she reveals her red ribbon—a ribbon identifying her as a sub—he has to have her. He makes her complete a sex checklist that lists every toy, kink, position and taboo he might do to her, on her or with her.

Though desperate for this relationship to work, Liz cannot fully accept her desires or bring herself to submit passively. She wants Mark to master her, to dominate her. Mark is delighted by the way she challenges him, and with one touch, he knows she’s his perfect sexual match.

Now they face their greatest challenge yet, that forbidden territory that lies outside the bedroom… Dating. 

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 4.50