Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pink Ribbon by Jude Mason


Pink Ribbon is an F/m book, which is outside of what I normally read. I occasionally enjoy a nice F/m book, Joey W. Hill writes a sexy male sub, for instance.  It's a nice change of pace for me, every once in a while.

Speaking of sexy, considering that the pink ribbon in the story is wrapped around a certain part of the male anatomy... let us just take a look at the cover photo a moment, with our imaginations running rampant.

With Pink Ribbon I find myself conflicted because I enjoyed the main character and the story, but the writing style didn't work for me. Double negatives that ended up saying the opposite of what I think the author intended, and more typos than should ever be in a short story were minor issues. My biggest problem with the writing is that we start near the end, and then the author looks back to what brought him here, which means 95% of the book is written as his memory. And unfortunately, I'm not sure the author knew what to do with the tense much of the time. It was usually written in past tense, but occasionally was written in present tense and the whole thing just kept yanking me out of the fantasy.

Here's the blurb:

Rick, and his lovely wife Cass, have a special relationship: loving, caring and she's the boss. During the day, he's an in control attorney, but come quitting time, he belongs to her, and as it turns out, to her friends as well. One night he spoils dinner and, while waiting for punishment, reflects on how he began his strange and exciting journey into submission. His memories, and the arrival of Cass' friend Sabine, make for an evening to remember.

BDSM elements:
  • Bondage and Discipline: Yes. 2 of 3
  • Dominance and Submission: 3 of 3.
  • Sadism and Masochism: The kink here is primarily of control expressed through orgasm denial. 1 of 3 
  • Extra Point: Yes
As for the writing elements -- the plot was just a telling of how the man ended up in a cage - so not really a plot. Pacing was fine. Prose had a lot of problems, and dialogue had minor issues. Character development was sufficient for us to understand why this man was submitting to his wife.
  • Book Rating: Pink Ribbon: 6 of 10
  • BDSM Intensity Level: 7 of 10
  • Heat Level: 4 of 5
Again, the story was a good one, the kink was believable, and the mental aspects were explained fairly well. But the writing style in Pink Ribbon spoiled the story for me, personally.

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