24 Jan '13

A Nix BDSM Novella Review – Unexpected Top by Cassandra Carr (4 Stars)

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Sometimes a wife has to go to extreme measures to save her marriage. When Cissy Holden doesn’t feel appreciated, she takes matters into her own hands–literally–and introduces her wayward husband Len to the concept of a Female-Led Relationship (FLR). Will Len be on board with FLR, or has Cissy just made the biggest mistake of her life?   

I have no idea how to express exactly what I felt about this novella. There is one overwhelming feeling that I need to get out the way because it’s absolutely ridiculous and has no bearing on the rating; I wish it were longer.  The subject matter was so different that I would have loved to see it extended, to see the long-term workings of this relationship because it really was just the starting point of this service top relationship we got to see.
This is isn’t BDSM in the way that I have ever read before. Len is definitely submissive; he gets off on being controlled in bed, gets off on the pleasure of being “rewarding” for pleasing his wife.  At the start of the novella, he is pretty much a douche. He does nothing around the house, doesn’t actually appreciate his wife and has basically allowed his marriage to go to rack and ruin. He was a deadbeat husband but rather than leave his lazy arse, she decides to bring a few new tactics in to try to correct his bad behaviour. Cissy isn’t necessarily Dominant though. She introduced the idea of sexual rewards for chores as a last ditch attempt to save her marriage. I respected her in a way I never respected him throughout the book. Even with his “corrections”, his underlying reason for helping out was to get his reward.
I did enjoy the struggles that Len had with accepting his submissive side. I’ll be honest, I could have done with a higher word count on it but I suppose it wasn’t really his book. It was more heavily slanted towards Cissy’s POV and her reasoning/feelings towards becoming a service top. There was a lot of complaining from Cissy whilst she was explaining her “plan” and I did get a little annoyed that she hadn’t addressed this earlier in their relationship.  Overall, I thought the feel of the book was one of hope; this couple had a new lease of life because of bringing in these new sexual techniques.
This book was ridiculously hot and I don’t know why! It isn’t FemDom but I love a manly submissive (is it any surprise I always come up as Switch in those BDSM quizzes?). He did want to lose control but he still wanted to be the man of the house, still wanted to take her out for date night etc. That setup is always hotter to me and this one definitely did provide.  Again, I would have liked to see more detail about how this relationship would work and develop, but it is hard to cover all bases in a novella.
This is very good novella from a very good author. Its unfamiliar storyline hooked me in and I really would like to read more. It was fun, sexy and very, very dirty J


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