Title: Matzoh and Mistletoe
Author: Jodie Griffin
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: November 21st, 2013
Genre: Erotica, BDSM, Romance
Rating: Three out of Five Stars
twenty-fifth, Rebeccah Rickman volunteers through her synagogue so that
others can celebrate Christmas. Her usual mitzvah, or good deed, is
assisting police officer Jeremy Kohler. But this year is different: this
year, Becca is free to act on the attraction that has long simmered
between her and the sexy cop.
Jeremy couldn’t have asked for a
better gift than discovering the woman he’s fantasized about for five
long years is single. But when he learns about the violence that broke
up Becca’s marriage, he’s hesitant to pursue her. He fears his desires
will scare her away—but can’t deny his own need for control in the
bedroom. Or his longing to instruct her in the fine art of submission…
is shocked to learn that Jeremy is a sexual dominant. And despite her
past, she’s also aroused. But before she can explore what that means,
she’s going to have to put her trust in Jeremy—and her own fledgling
no secret that with the introduction of Fifty Shades of Grey and other
series, BDSM has moved closer to the forefront of the romance industry,
attracting devoted readers of all ages. Sexy and intriguing, personally,
I can see why people are so fascinated with this genre.
and Mistletoe brings to us the store of Becca, a sweet Jewish woman who
has recently divorced her abusive husband, and Jeremy, a cop with a
secret dominant side. The two of them have always had sparks, but now
that Becca is single again, they are free to finally explore the tension
that exists between them.
The sexual tension between the two
characters is well developed in the book, and we are given insights into
how both of the characters feel, as well. Griffin writes from both
perspectives, giving us an idea of how they both feel about the
relationship between them, something I appreciated when it comes to the
topic of BDSM.
There were a few areas that needed improvement,
however. BDSM is a tricky, tricky subject, and I do give Griffin credit -
she’s obviously done research into the lifestyle and it is much, much
better than some BDSM out there. That said, I still felt as though it
was far too rushed, especially considering Sam’s history. The book is
rather short, coming in at around 183 pages, and it would have been nice
to see more time spent slowly developing the relationship, the trust
and the submission. It’s hard to build up a submissive relationship in a
story, but it’s essential because it’s such a deep level of trust.
lack of exploration of Becca’s recovery from divorcing her husband was
another problematic matter for me, especially as it relates to BDSM. The
story could have used some more exploration of her emotions and
feelings - the attempt is definitely made, but it could have used more.
quick and easy read, I can easily see this story appealing to those who
just want a bit of sexy erotica to pass the time, especially with
Christmas just a couple of months away. Those who are familiar with the
BDSM lifestyle or who have had any experience with domestic violence may
find the book lacking, however.
Disclosure: An ARC of this book was provided through Netgalley in return for an honest review.