Claire Thompson excels at bringing her characters to life in Dare to Dominate. Jonathon and Laurel meet in Germany where sexual exploration is looked upon as natural, and then when both are back at home in New York their relationship develops in the BDSM forum-equipment easily accessible as Laurel's partnered up to open her own BDSM club.
Dare to Dominate is almost a how to for beginners as Jonathon is new to the scene. The settings are exciting, the characters are willing to try mostly anything and sexual activity descriptions are vivid, down to the minute detail, and teeth grinding at times. I'd like to rate Dare to Dominate a "Don't forget to breathe!" experience. It's Hot!
Jonathan Goldman's sexual fantasies are colored with dominant dreams of enslavement and control. As a liberated man who admires and adores women, his fantasies leave him feeling ashamed.
Laurel Jordan is a free spirit. She joyfully embraces her sexually submissive nature, understanding the road to true liberation lies not in upholding society's rigid mores and expectations but in being true to oneself. Yet Laurel has a secret too. Though ready for adventure, she keeps her heart carefully concealed. No man has ever penetrated the carefree, casual attitude she wears around herself like a shield.
When this unlikely pair meets, the sparks fly. Jonathan is forced to confront and come to terms with his dominant sexual impulses. Laurel finds her careful façade being cracked by the only man ever to get close enough to break her heart. As Jonathan and Laurel move from casual BDSM play to a more serious D/s relationship, each is forced to decide if this is merely a game or a way of life and ultimately, of love.