Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Blog Tour: Becoming Sir by Ella Dominguez

Sawyer's story from The Art of D/s trilogy.

Warning: Contains detailed sexual encounters, BDSM themes, oral, anal, ménage and profanity. Not for the closed-minded, prudish, sexually inhibited, easily offended, or faint-hearted.

Reliable, trustworthy, loyal to a fault - Sawyer is the kind of man other men want to be; a real man's man. But behind the facade of a his tough exterior and deadly silence hides a strong, tortured man with dark secrets. Always content to be in the shadows, now is the time of his sexual awakening. 

When Sawyer realized that there were women who unabashedly wanted to be dominated and controlled, and there was a world that embraced such things as domination and submission - everything seemed to fall into place. Tired of pretending to be someone he wasn't and suppressing his dominant tendencies, he takes the leap into the world of BDSM under the guidance of his friend and mentor, never to look back.

But the dark past and his heinous actions are hard to forget and even more difficult to leave behind. Will he be able to move forward and become the man he yearns to be? 

This is Sawyer's journey into becoming Dominant, Master, Sir.

My rating: 3.5 - 4 Sizzling Stars
“Becoming Sir” is the story of Sawyer’s journey into the world of BDSM, self discovery, the meaning of becoming a true Dom and finding love.  What’s in store for him is a  road paved with several detours coupled with lots of steamy club scenes.

Sawyer “Domly One"
Sawyer, a former CIA badass turned security specialist is experiencing struggles in his life.  He is a recovering alcoholic, still mourning the loss of his wife Serena to cancer, the demons of his past continue to haunt him and he is reeling from a break-up with Sonya (who has jerked him around).  Becoming a Dom seems to help him put his life in order, but he is battling with the concept of “punishments”, which makes his training somewhat challenging.  I would have liked to explore more of Sawyer’s “darkness”, reaching deeper into his soul to discover his pain.

I found that there was a difference in Sawyer’s character that does not fit the norm of the stereotypical dominant alpha-male.  Perhaps this difference is part of his persona and part of his struggle.  At times, Sawyer seemed to be fickle when it comes to desire. He was indecisive. There are three women in his life: Sonya, his ex that which he still has feelings for. Sarah “Snowflake”, a submissive who aids in his Dom training.  And Ciara, a sub in training who is under his care.  His emotions are entwined between these three sexy women. Sawyer seemed more of a “love the one you're with” type of man instead of having the possessive alpha-caveman “MINE” mentality.  Eventually, he realizes only one holds the key to his heart...

My favorite character is Sahara “Snowflake”.  She too is mourning the loss of her husband/Master and her sorrow pulled on my heartstrings.  It is Snowflake’s strength that aides Sawyer work past his struggles.

“Your face was so bright the first time I saw you, and the added color of your eyes and the way your skin shimmered under the lights... you reminded me of a beautiful Snowflake.”
“You taste pure and clean = like freshly fallen snow."

“Becoming Sir” is a fast pace, ultra sizzling read about a heart broken man taking control of his destiny, discovering his dominant ways and the beauty that lies in a lovers submission. 

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3.5 In Training Stars!!!

This was not what I was expecting especially based on previous books and reviews I’ve looked at.

I just thought Sawyer would be this Total Alpha Male and that the secrets revealed would be darker and the training he would undergo reveal more sexually explicit scene’s … Instead we got a male that was still very much insecure in his wants and torn between his own inner needs and his troubled past which I would have loved to hear more of.

We meet Sawyer a “Dom maybe Master” in training and alongside this training we’re introduced to 2 possible prospects which IMO are both perfect for him depending on which route he’d like to take.

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I was a bit annoyed at times just because I knew what avenue he should take, which would be a better fit for him - for both of them, but he was just not looking at the whole picture and kept swapping back and forth.. I felt this story was more on the lighter sometimes funnier side and in the end is what kept me interested in the characters and had me cheering for my choice of Submissive. I believe he would have been just fine in a Domestic Discipline relationship even though he did seem to favor some fetishes.

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This was not the dark read I was hoping for but a good read none the less..

As a huge fan of The Art of D/s, I was excited to find out that we’re getting Sawyer’s story. You may remember him as Dylan’s friend and right-hand man. If you haven’t read Dylan and Isabel’s story in the Art of D/s, fear not! This can be read as a stand alone.

Sawyer has a dominant personality. He’s a former assassin for the CIA definitely commands respect in the workplace, but he’s never explored BDSM. He envies the relationship Dylan has with Isabel and wants that for himself, so he begins training to be a Dom.

"A true Dom has a firm hand, a firm mind, a firm gaze, a firm grip, and a soft heart."

What I liked:
  • Sarah – I liked that she was a real woman. Just like Isabel, she wasn’t a size-2 barbie doll. She has curves and isn’t ashamed of them. And Sawyer likes them too!
  • Dylan and Isabel – Even though this is a spin off, we still get to see a lot of these two in Sawyer’s story!
  • The way BDSM was portrayed. There really aren’t any rules as to what it is or is not. It all depends on the couple and their wants and needs. Everyone is different and this lifestyle can be lived in a million different ways!

What I didn’t so much like:
  • Femplay – Yes, I read the warning and I knew there was some ménage, I just wasn’t expecting it to be all women! It was a fairly short scene though, so if F/F/F isn’t your thing, you can skim through that part.
  • Sawyer’s indecisiveness – The Domly One was fairly wishy washy when it came to his subs. He was training with two different women and couldn’t decide between them.
"Someone very wise once told me to never be afraid to try something new because life gets boring when you stay within the limits that you already know."

Overall, this one gets 4 stars from me!  If you are a fan of The Art of D/s, it's a must read!!

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I'm a full-time mom, wifey, healthcare worker, and wanna be switch. I was born and raised in a sexually repressed, strict Christian household in the bible belt of the USA. This upbringing and repression contributed to my wicked imagination and writing has been my only outlet for my sexual fantasies. Finally at the ripe and sexually primed age of 40, I mustered up enough courage to share my naughty thoughts and put pen to paper. I sincerely hope to find my niche in writing erotica in all forms, be it romance or paranormal.

I don't consider myself an author. I consider myself an avid reader above all else, and someone who simply writes the stories that the characters in my head tell me to.


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