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Book Review: Master’s Submission by Helena Harker

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Within the realm of BDSM erotic literature there are a significant number of books that should be classified as BDSM-lite. These books generally are the equivalent of softcore porn movies–sort of titillating but mostly genteel. Helena Harker’s Master’s Submission is a perfect example of this phenomenon.

In addition to being BDSM-lite, Master’s Submission also belongs to the category of “books” called Quickies, which in any other time in history would be referred to as short stories–with only 26 pages of reading material, can it really be considered anything else? As a consequence, this book really has no plot to speak of. The entirety of the story takes place within a matter of hours and involves a submissive being tasked to domme her master for an evening.

The scenario that transpires is somewhat interesting, fairly realistic, but not especially kinky. Considering the potential this premise offers, the result is disappointing at best. The height of the kinkiness occurs when the temporary domme penetrates her pretend submissive with a finger and massages his prostate while fellating him. If this activity registers high on your kink meter, chances are you’re the target audience for BDSM-lite.

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About Jim Lyon

Jim Lyon began writing erotica in the mid 1990s and served as story editor for the now-defunct Ownme.com before his first femdom-themed erotic novellas, Uncharted Territory and The Accidental Domme, were published as e-books by Sizzler Editions. Jim is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He left high school in his senior year to live the bohemian life in New York City's Greenwich Village and Lower East Side. Not being a big fan of cold weather and crowded tenements, Jim returned to the West Coast within six months and lived in Berkeley during the tumultuous mid to late 1960s and early 1970s. While there, his claims to fame include being folksinger Malvina Reynolds' neighbor/tenant and part owner of the Northside Theater, a repertory cinema of considerable renown. After leaving Berkeley, Jim put himself through college and earned a B.A. in Journalism from USC. His eclectic career since then has encompassed editing, writing, business management, social work, teaching, and web publishing, with stops in northern and southern California, Hawaii, Florida and Oregon.