Author: Isobel Starling
Narrator: Gomez Pugh
Run Time: 2 hours and 26 minutes
At a Glance: While I wasn’t completely pulled into this story, it is a short erotic tale handled skillfully by the always mesmerizing Gomez Pugh.
Reviewed By: Sadonna
Blurb: Matthew Fisher loved being a dancer, but his ten-year ballet career came to an abrupt end with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He had to find a new job, and luckily, his sister was friends with Annabelle Ramsay-Aiken, only daughter of property magnate Sir James Aiken. She arranged an interview, he was accepted, and six months on the job training saw Matthew stepping out as a real estate agent for Aiken Luxury Lettings. Now, instead of stretching at the barre, Matthew spends his days inspecting the vacant London homes of their rich and famous clients.
Losing his dance career had left a huge hole in Matthew’s heart, and to fill it Matthew began a Tumblr blog dedicated to his fetish for wearing lingerie. He wanted to give his followers the impression he lived a charmed life, so decided to use A.L.L properties as locations for erotic photo shoots.
One of his online followers pressed all of Matthew’s buttons, and a long distance, online Dom/sub relationship develops between them. But when the relationship suddenly moves from online fantasy to real life… can Matthew really submit?
This short story contains graphic descriptions of gay sex, light BDSM, and cross-dressing.
Review: Matthew had to give up his career as a dancer due to a devastating injury. Rather than wallow in self-pity and drown his sorrows, he’s found a creative outlet in his Tumblr blog, where, as Silken, he can indulge in his fetish for wearing lingerie. The blog has led to his further sexual exploration into D/s with his online Dom. For the last six months, his only sexual outlet has been with this man who is training him. He still misses his old dancer’s life, and while he is definitely enjoying his new relationship, he feels like he’s still missing something, and wishes that the relationship could move into the physical. Without being spoilery, when that opportunity presents itself in a most surprising way, Matthew doesn’t know what to do.
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I always love listening to Gomez Pugh, so I took a shot. The story didn’t really pull me in, but the narrator does a great job with the voice characterizations and accents in this short story with few characters. Much of this story is erotic in nature, as it deals with the description of Matthew/Silken’s lingerie fetish, and the requested activities and photos that he stages for both his blog and his Dom. There isn’t a lot of story beyond the explanation of Silken’s burgeoning relationship with Austin, his Dom, so if you’re looking for a sweet romance, this isn’t it. It is, however, a short, erotic and very steamy tale handled skillfully by the narrator.
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