Masked Submission by Claire Thompson
Ellora's Cave
ISBN: 9781419910128
Gay / BDSM Contemporary
Reviewed by Ley


While checking out the hottest and very secretive BDSM club in Manhattan, Dylan Reese, a college professor working on his PhD at New York University never expected to find his soul-mate there.  Although he considers himself to be a submissive and enjoys the lifestyle, Dylan was never into the public display of BDSM clubs.  He didn't want a Dom who was into it either, that's why his attraction to the masked master calling himself Tomas de Torquemada, was such a shock.  Tomas was indeed a master and the main attraction at Club Chained.  He knew exactly what his subs needed and gave it to them on full display.  Tomas didn't believe in love at first site, but what he felt when he first laid eyes on Dylan was pretty close to it.

Trying to sort out his jumbled thoughts and feeling regarding Tomas, Dylan turns to Jack Marchand his very attractive thesis advisor at NYU to confide in.  Jack was also active in the D/s world and Dylan found him very easy to talk to and very comfortable to be around.  He also found himself thinking of Jack as more than a friend and advisor, and wondering if he could find room in his heart for the very real Jack over the illusion of Tomas de Torquemada.

Masked Submission, was a real glimpse into the world of BDSM.  This was a very interesting story even though I still can't grasp the 'why' of this type of lifestyle.  Claire Thompson did a great job with the characters, especially Dylan. Unlike some BDSM stories I've read Dylan wasn't portrayed as childlike, he was very strong-willed and strong-bodied, he made it quite clear that his being sexually submissive did not mean he didn't want input on decisions regarding his life.  Ms. Thompson also did a fantastic job with her research, not only did I learn about D/s but I also learned a bit of history.


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