Review: Sugar Dust by Raven ShadowHawk

SugarDust-200x300Sugar Dust by Raven ShadowHawk
Series: Slippers and Chains (# 1)
Release Date: January 23, 2014
Publisher: Breathless Press
Pages: 173
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review.



After an unwelcome family visit highlights romantic insecurities, Dan takes Karen to exclusive fetish club, Sugar Dust. Will the trip rescue or destroy their relationship?

Dan loves submissive women and longs to build a harem of willing females to fill what he lovingly calls his “Slave Library.” He shares his plans for sexual bliss with Karen, the first of his submissives in both his mind and his heart. But when an unexpected visit from his mother leads to uncomfortable questions about his ex, Dan realizes that past mistakes are catching up to him, faster than he can run.

The first D/s relationship to blend comfortably with her vanilla life is the one Karen shares with Dan. She treasures the freedom in the act of submission and wants nothing more than to share it with her Master for as long as possible. Why then does he insist on bringing other women into their beds? And why can’t he say he loves her?

As Dan battles his inner demons, Karen hopes a sexy mini break at the exclusive fetish club, Sugar Dust will allow them time to relax and reconnect. There she meets Beth, the personification of Dan’s past, storming in to demolish her present. Can Karen show Dan that their relationship is strong enough to break the chains of his past, before Beth drives an immoveable wedge between them with her tales of what once was?


Review:  Within the first two sentences I new that Sugar Dust was going to be introducing me into a world that I no nothing about.  A world of cages, chains, plugs, and safe words.  This is the world that Karen and Dan are immersed into.

Sugar Dust follows the relationship of Dan and Karen and the issues that they deal with as a BDSM couple at night and a social worker and PHd student by day.  The story is primarily told from Dan’s point of view but we do get a little insight into Karen’s frame of mind from time to time.

I feel that unlike other books that I have read the connection just wasn’t there between the main characters.  The further that I got into the book the more forced the relationship became.  You should want to be with your partner and not feel like it is forced in a relationship.  Yes this is a book where the Dom/sub relationship is at the forefront, but that does not mean that respect and feelings are not a part of the relationship.

My biggest issue is the character development of Dan.  I just don’t feel like he was given the proper attention that he needed in order to see him grow, the way that I believe he needed to grow.   In the end I was left wanting more.  I didn’t get the closure that I look for at the end of a story.  Dan and Karen appear to get their HEA but there were a lot of things towards the end of the book that still left me with questions.

Sugar Dust is not my usual type of book, but I’ll try anything once.  The story was well written but toward the end of the book it seemed rushed and a little forced.  With that being said I give Sugar Dust a 3 rose rating of Rose in Bloom.

Favorite Quote:  “Would you like that pinwheel?  I have dozens.”







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