Every time I read Ms. Dalton's BDSM themed stories, I remember why I fell in love with her writing. Her writing is what pushed me to delve into the lifestyle through a community rather than just dabble through books and on-line Doms.
In THE DENIM DOM, Tony Daniels finally gets to tell his story. It is so good. Tony is a Dom who is respected in his kinky community. He teaches classes, is a preferred play partner and he is a backup dungeon monitor. What he isn't is a Dom with a submissive or a slave. He's single because he hasn't found his one.
Shayla is a woman whose trust has been stomped on. Her ex-fiancé lied to her and betrayed her badly. His betrayal makes her question her self-worth and the BDSM lifestyle. Completely vanilla, she takes a stroll on the dark side when her job intersects the BDSM scene in Florida. Shayla's job is to write a series of articles on the BDSM scene in Sarasota, Florida. The newspaper she works for knows that sex sells. They want more than just a fluffy look at kinksters. With grave reservations, Shayla takes the assignment and meets up with Tony.
This book is an excellent BDSM Gateway book. Ms. Dalton does an excellent job of showing how a person can first start to learn about BDSM. The reader learns what happens when a person goes to a munch and attends classes. Now, this is a sanitized version. Ms. Dalton hints at the drama lamas and conveniently glosses over them. The BDSM subculture is not immune to human behaviours and flaws. While it is a culture which embodies accepting people for who they are, it still contains judgmental people. Ms. Dalton does a great job of explaining all of this without smashing the reader over the head with a sledgehammer. The education she presents through Tony, et al teaching Shayla is dead on and easy to understand. From a person who had to learn it on my own, the experiences are pretty similar as what is described in this book.
Since this is a Ms. Dalton book, I'm not going to go into the accuracy of the BDSM scenes and D/s presentation. They are accurate and a good baseline. One of my favourite explanations of BDSM is through Loren with her scuba diving analogy for BDSM. Since I'm also a master scuba diver, this explanation made perfect sense to me and I loved it. I may use it in my own life to explain to others. Obviously, Ms. Dalton would receive full credit for this awesome method to explain the BDSM umbrella.
Ms. Dalton's writing style for her contemporary BDSM stories are fabulous. I love how she creates her characters. They are individualistic perhaps because they are inspired by people in her life. She adds her own brand of humour, which I adore. I loved Tony not because I would love to sub for him, but because he is a realistic portrayal of a man with a great sense of humour. There are a couple of thoughts running through Tony's head that made me laugh out loud. It is because I think the same things about people I work with, unbeknownst to them.
Like envisioning an employee strapped into a straightjacket, with a butt plug up their ass, a ball gag in their mouth, and tied to their chair. His own personal form of morale improvement. (p. 21)
Funny enough, this is the same kind of morale improvement I'd like to implement. There are a few others I have which I'd love to discuss with Tony.
Darren naked, hands cuffed behind him, on his knees with a ring gag in his mouth while his fellow department managers used his mouth as a cum dump. (p. 25)
It is reassuring to learn I'm not the only one who thinks about scenes like this. Of course, there would be more anal play involving numerous items. But I digress. This story is a wonderful erotic journey into the kinky world of BDSM. Highly recommended to kinky readers who want a realistic portrayal of how the BDSM subculture exists in real life.