The very instant that I saw you, did my heart fly to Your service; there resides, To make me slave to it; and for Your sake... - William Shakespeare
Elle leaves England for America and settles in Detroit, Michigan. one night, she finds herself at an urgent care clinic where she meets a doctor who will be her Sir - her Master.
BDSM is alien to me. as a reader and blogger, i have seen this initialism mentioned here and there. a couple of years ago i read Ann Rice's Exit To Eden on a whim and i still could not fathom the concept and/or practice of dominance and submission until i read His Elle.
this book provided me with a detailed glimpse into a forbidden world and a better understanding of what BDSM is. i assure you that it is still not my cup of tea and i recall the author's apprehension when she asked me if wanted to read and review it. i told her that i was no prude and promised that i would approach it with an open mind.
this book is really a love story albeit a very uncommon one. what Elle and her Master feel for each other is no different from other couples who are in love. Elle and her Sir just have an unconventional way of expressing it.
Elle's story is also a journey of healing. how that fits in into this whole exercise that involves pain and discipline may sound surprising or far-fetched but it truly is. you have to read the book to find out why.
i warn readers though that the sexual situations are very explicit and intense. i understand now that these scenes are essential to the development of the story.
i would have to point out that i admire and respect Jemima Valentino for writing on a subject matter that is very real yet may be taboo for others. somehow i got myself an "education" and stepped out of my comfort zone for the better half of an hour. now that i have had my "lessons", i am stepping back in.
*His Elle is available at Amazon US, Amazon UK and Smashwords.
Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of His Elle from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.