Review: The Ultimatum by Katy Swann

January 14, 2015 Review 0

Review: The Ultimatum by Katy Swann

Once a submissive, always a submissive, right? Maybe she needs a little reminder.

Frankie Hamilton is stunned when her husband, Jake, gives her an ultimatum—either she goes with him to a country hotel for the weekend or he’ll leave her. In an attempt to save her troubled marriage she agrees to go.

But Dominion is no ordinary hotel. During the week it’s an upmarket conference center, but at weekends it becomes an exclusive BDSM hotel. This particular weekend it’s Vanilla Spice, where those new or returning to BDSM can explore their fantasies in a safe and decadent environment.

When Jake asks her to submit one more time, Frankie is initially outraged. After all, it’s been two years since their D/s dynamic ended and she’s no longer a submissive. Is she? She still loves Jake and doesn’t want to lose him so she agrees, even if it’s just to prove that she’s now as vanilla as the ice cream in their freezer.

But Frankie is soon reminded of how delicious it feels to kneel at her Master’s feet. Her fondness for punishment and a good spanking leaves her begging for more. And when their old friend and owner of Dominion, Marco Alessi, offers to use her as the subject for a rope demo she’s finally forced to face up to her kinky needs.

But that’s not the only thing she has to come to terms with. Beneath her tough exterior lies a grief that has been buried for two years. As her submission starts to melt the icy core inside her heart, it sets off a chain of events and emotions that could either make her marriage stronger than ever or completely destroy it.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex, mild breathplay and public humiliation. There are MFM scenes and references to FF intimacy.

Publisher's Note: This book was previously published elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing.

Title: The Ultimatum
Author: Katy Swann
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: To Love and Submit , To Love and Trust, To Love and Obey, Over the Knee Anthology
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: January 16, 2015
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Romance
Pages: 178
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars
Flames: five-flames

Frankie and Jake have issues.  Neither one wants to admit it, but the other sees it.  Can you say projection?  I found it quite interesting that they both not only had pretty much the same issue, but their coping mechanism was the same – pretend it isn’t there and bury themselves in work.  Like that is going to help.  Why actually talk about it?  It is so much less painful to just grow further apart until . . .

Well, Jake has had enough.  He wants his wonderfully submissive wife back.  Not this type A person who has no time for him.  After meeting an old friend he devises a plan to try and reignite their marriage.  A little presumptuous maybe, but he is desperate. So he gives Frankie an ultimatum – come away with him for the weekend or he will leave.

Frankie has become so caught up in her job that she resents the imposition.  She isn’t a sub anymore, or so she thinks.  She has work to do.  Where does he get off telling her what to do?  But, she doesn’t want her marriage to end either.  So she consents.

Talk about a HOT weekend.  *fanning self* Old friend Marco owns the place.  He likes to host BDSM weekends so expect public play, exhibitionism and humiliation.  Not only is Marco an old friend, but he has played with them before, so expect some very hot ménage.  *sigh*  Frankie is, and evidently always has been, a bratty sub.  Be prepared for a lot of impact play.  (In other words, spanking, flogging, and even whipping.)  Oh my aching . . .    If you don’t like hot kinky sex in your books, this is not for you.  Pass it up.  But if your mind is in the gutter like mine, this is one smokin’ read!

There is always a bit of a controversy surrounding BDSM being a cure for broken people.  I appreciated how that was handled in this book.  Jake knew his needs weren’t being met.  He was a Dom.  Until a couple years ago, Frankie was his sub.  Somewhere, a disconnect happened.  Jake wanted their connection back and thought a weekend experiencing what they used to have might help that happen.  In the end, when it appeared he may have succeeded, he took the BDSM out of the mix until they did the talking they had been avoiding.  I liked that.  Yes, the BDSM may have helped get them there, but it took the communication to actually fix the issues.

As for the BDSM itself – Marco runs an educational place.  This particular weekend was for beginners or people like Jake and Frankie who had been away from it for a while.  Instruction was given.  Monitors and/or mentors was provided.  It was interesting to meet the new people and see the various responses to bringing kink to their lives.  The author did a good job of including a variety of responses.

I enjoyed meeting all these new people.  For the most part, they were fun and interesting.  It kind of leaves things open for more stories and I would love to read more.

This was a new to me author but, this will not be the last book I read of hers.  It was well done and interesting.  Kept me glued to my reader until the very end and then wanting more.  I so hope there will be more.

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