August 18, 2013

Braine Reviews: How To Discipline Your Vampire by Mina Vaughn

Series: Stand-alone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: August 19, 2013
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
In this exciting paranormal erotic romance, a dominant schoolteacher with a serious role-play fetish finds the perfect submissive in an infamous vampire lover.

Cerise Norrell, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the time she’s home from school.

Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to vanilla relationships, or be alone forever—she meets William, who wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with canned goods.

But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise discovers she’s become dome to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s known throughout the BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a hard body.

And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and learn to be vulnerable.
After my smut fest two weeks ago, I was bone weary reading sexed up "trashy" novels. Reading six dirrrty novels in a row definitely did me in, getting to the point where I want to go to church and scrub my skin dry with loofah til I bleed in an effort to cleanse myself and do penance for reading lascivious tomes. So when it was time for me to read this novel, let's just say I was far from excited.

HOW TO DISCIPLINE YOUR VAMPIRE defied every expectation I had, it's very straightforward in classifying itself as erotica, and a BDSM one at that. Surprisingly this has to be the cleanest, most vanilla, non-erotic BDSM erotica I've ever read. I know it doesn't make sense and trust me I did multiple double takes, looking for the standard graphic scenes associated with erotica. True enough my Kindle didn't censor itself as Mina Vaughn kept it NA-17.

Despite the lack of graphic sex, MVaughn stuck to her theme but the focus was more on the plot of Cerise and William's role play than the actual sexual acts. There were mentions of toys and other accouterments and aside from the enumeration of props, MVaughn gleaned over the actual consummations. In addition to this, the words pussy, clit and other references to our girly parts were absent so I was totally gobsmacked by the lack or mommy porn this novel has. Believe it or not, old school Harlequin paperbacks are more obscene than HOW TO DISCIPLINE YOUR VAMPIRE

The characters were a little unconventional too in comparison to their archetypes. Cerise "Mistress Cherry" Norrel is the least intimidating Domme I've ever came across with, her brand of kink doesn't feel hardcore rather it's more like a fashion statement than a deviation. William "Chilly Willy" Gentry is very non-threatening for a vampire and a submissive one at that. Plus I have no words for his feeding habits, siphoning blood off his geriatric nursing home residents suffering from dementia? Surely there's a blood bank close by! I really don't know what to make of these two, overall they're funny and their attempts at BDSM is flat and a tad tragic. Regardless of these anomalies, I actually enjoyed their role plays, it's very imaginative and they really had fun setting up the scenes. And as William is a vampire, Cerise can't hit him enough to actually hurt him so it was non-violent too. The conflict was a little shallow but given that the novel was a little lampoon-ish, it fill the bill perfectly.

In hindsight, HOW TO DISCIPLINE YOUR VAMPIRE gave me a lot of chuckles with some eye-rolls thrown here and there. I'm not sure if this book is for everyone or if erotic and PNR readers will appreciate the satire. Personally I found it an enjoyable and I'm very relieved that I don't have to add this book to my confessional. Guilt-free Sunday read. Amen!

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Mina Vaughn is an international woman of mystery and a shoe whore with a heart of gold. When she's not writing her unique brand of silly smut, she's plundering Sephora for any pin up girl makeup she can find. Mina's debut novel, an erotic comedy entitled HOW TO DISCIPLINE YOUR VAMPIRE is about a punishment-seeking vampire who meets a quirky Domme with a serious role play fetish, coming out in August 2013 from Simon and Schuster's Pocket Star.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow, I am very suprised by the most vanilla sex thing. I would expect more


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