The Gift: A Sadist and His Slave – book review

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The Gift: A Sadist and His Slave
by Riley Edwards
Release Date:  December 5, 2015
Publisher: Erotic Mayberry
Erotica M/F
Book #1 of the Masters Collection
Number of Pages:  67
Kindle Edition
Source:  purchased on Amazon
Rating:  XXX
Read 2/3/17 – 2/5/17

I have this thing where, if a book is part of a collection, I have to read all of the books.  I don’t mean it’s a series per se.  Of course if the stories are meant to piggy-back off one another you should read them all.  What I mean is a collection where there are cross over characters but they can truly be read without reading the others.  I just have to read from the very first book, even if the first book isn’t necessarily my cup of tea.  That’s what happened here.  Let me explain.

I am by far not a prude and have read my share of BDSM type books.  Enough that I know what I like and what I don’t.  One of the things I know I am not a fan of is the Master/slave dynamic.  It doesn’t offend me really.  It just puzzles me I guess.  I have no problem with the Dom/sub dynamic so I’m not sure why there’s something that keeps me from crossing that thin line.  It’s something about the words Master and slave I think.  But I’m no psychologist so who knows.  Well if you read the blurb for this book (short story, really) it’s obvious it may not be the story for me.  But I am interested in the next book in the collection, The Awakening: A Master and His Submissive.  So I decided I should read this story first.

Just because this isn’t exactly to my taste doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate good writing.  I found the story to be really well written.  It is often (very, very often) the case that books in the Erotica genre, especially those with a Master/slave theme, are rife with spelling and grammar errors.  I didn’t have that issue with this book and I am grateful for that.  This is actually a great “starter” book for those that want to delve into this aspect of the Erotica genre.  Ms. Edwards really helps the reader to understand what the Master/slave relationship is really about and how such things work.

Now I really hate when I read bad reviews and it turns out that the reviewer either hadn’t actually read beyond the first chapter (example: I don’t like swearing in books and didn’t read beyond the first chapter so I’m only giving one star) or they already know they’re not a fan of the genre (example:  I hate erotic fiction and find it offensive, once I realized what I had purchased I didn’t even read the book – one star).  Both of these examples are not fair to the author or future readers.  I’m not going to order liver and onions at a restaurant and them go on Yelp! and give them a one star rating because I hate liver and onions.  That’s stupid.  So although for me personally this would be a 3 star book (based on the writing), I’m giving it 4 stars when actually recording my ratings because I think fans of this type of erotica will really enjoy the story.

3 stars

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About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is 23 and living at home while working. He just finished trade school for media arts and is looking for a job that will be a career so he can get out on his own. In the meantime he's got a steady job with benefits. Our youngest, Griffin, is 19 and in the Army. He just got married so I have also gained a daughter. Unfortunately, he is stationed in Washington so they're across the country from us. I was lucky enough to have the option of leaving the work force a few years ago. Since that time I've been slowly trying to get our house in order and catching up on a lot of reading.
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