AudioBook Review: The Accidental Domme by Jim Lyon
Most of the BDSM themed stories that I have encountered are from the sub point of view, with little to no input from the Dom and their interior monologue, so I was instantly intrigued with this new perspective and adding the Femdom storyline made it hard to pass up.
From inception to conclusion, Lyons presents several scenarios that are common and less so, with some insets from Wendy as she discovers a side of life she was heretofore unfamiliar. As a personal trainer, Wendy already has the experience of being in charge, so her transitioning wasn’t that out of the box for me, even if it started on a strange note as a key holder.
Several scenes that are graphic and perhaps unfamiliar to readers are detailed, pony-play, whipping, chastity, public scene play and piercing are all touched upon, and the F/F scenes are steamy – but there are some issues in both the writing and the narration.
Narration is provided by Hollie Jackson, and it is workmanlike but not quite enough to give the necessary oomph to the story. While her voice is pleasant, she does not use inflection or changes in tone to the extent that they would clearly delineate the characters, and that becomes a problem when you, the listener, are trying to determine just “who” is expressing what emotion, especially when the story moves forward quickly.
While the writing is smooth and deft, and the author clearly has done the research – the story doesn’t go far enough. Emotional revelations and POV input is lost to the action and detailed scenes, and by the end there is little to no sense of anyone’s emotions. Then we need to discuss language use. In a fictional story that isn’t pretending to be a how-to manual, or a presentation for a sexual-ed class, I would expect the language to reflect that. I am not saying that the grammar handbook should have been tossed, but there is a vast difference in feel and connection for the reader when an author uses the clinical and proper names for parts and actions versus the use of more common, some say cruder, terms. That single change would have brought me into the story more, given me more of a sense of character’s enjoyment and my own possible interest. Clinically, it is much like a university lecture, and didn’t quite work.
I found this work interesting, and would be curious to try more from this author with another narrator or in the written form itself.
Stars: Overall 3 Narration 3 Story 3
Title: The Accidental Domme
Author: Jim Lyon
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Audio Length: 1 Hour: 57 minutes
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About the Book:
During a weak moment while in-between girl friends, Wendy agrees to become a key holder for a friend to help him indulge his chastity fetish. This seeming innocuous act inadvertently leads to the discovery of her affinity for dominating others and a career as a no-nonsense personal trainer for bottoms and pony girls/boys.
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.