Committed by Sidney Bristol (#bdsm, #bookreview)

Committed: Drug of DesireCommitted: Drug of Desire by Sidney Bristol
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I tried to love this book, I really did. I honestly enjoy good BDSM books (and I never thought I’d admit THAT openly, though I don’t hide it much). There was some good D/s action going, but a few things just marred my enjoyment of that element of it. 1) I really didn’t like the fact that Damien left Poppy after the initial scene with no aftercare. Seriously. It was one of the few things she was very VERY clear about she needed if she were going to be in the sub role. Yes, I get WHY he did it, but I really felt he could have at least gone back in person. It was good for setting up the trust issues that played out over the course of the rest of the book, but this scene jarred for me. 2) Poppy’s supposed switchiness. I also understand that a switch may want to be submissive to a particular dom, but except for one instance, Poppy’s switchy side never came out and I really feel too big a deal was made of her being a switch if the side wasn’t going to emerge more than it did.

I enjoyed the suspense part of this, with the author not shying away from indulging in the villain’s truly evil nature. Emilio – he was quite a piece of work and I enjoyed the storyline that dealt with him.

I’m not sure I completely bought into the romance between Damien and Poppy. He could certainly be sweet and tried to make up for his initial error (biggie that it was), but something about it just left me flat.

Poppy’s family – now there are pieces of work for you. I can’t imagine living life in a commune-type world, but I liked the view of it that Ms. Bristol gives. Her mother…yeah, there are no words for my opinion of Poppy’s bigoted mother.

Damien’s family – awwww, I love me his mom, grandma, and aunt. They definitely were part of what turned Damien into such a good (usually) man, and I enjoyed seeing their lack of hesitation to accept and love Poppy despite the black/white differences.

So – it was a decent read, but I have my hesitations in recommending it, as I’ve made clear. Still, for some good BDSM, I think it’s worth checking out.

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