The next time you’re stuck in a boring staff meeting at work I want you to look at the person sitting to your left, then the person to your right. According to this book both of those people, and their grandmothers, are probably into BDSM. On second thought, that could probably make the rest of your work day extremely awkward. Ok abort mission, abort!
What’s it About?
Based on Thomas Hardy’s original love story, Far From the Madding Crowd, Everdene re-tells this classic romance with erotic undertones of domination and submission. Catherine Everdene is an independent, stubborn career woman who likes attention and being in control. With the nickname ‘Icy Bitch’, she has a penchant for using her flirtatious sparkle to win over a boardroom. While heading up a company department in London, she meets stoical Dillon Oak and seduces his mind into complete domination. Her love-triangle starts in New York when she catches the attentions of the obsessive William Boldwood, the CEO of one of the DeChartine companies, and the real trouble starts when the charming alpha-male lawyer, Troy Selgent, sets his sights on winning her. Who will eventually win her heart? More to the point, who will survive to win her heart?
Confession: not only have I never read Far From the Madding Crowd, but I’d actually never heard of it before reading this book. I know, I’m a terrible person, let’s move on (side note, the movie comes out May 1st). Because I’ve never read the original, I can’t really say how this one compares as far as the characters’ personalities, but I have a feeling I would’ve had a much deeper appreciation for this book if I’d been more familiar with the original. That being said, I absolutely love the concept of taking a classic romance and spicing it up with a modern twist. Or a spanking, whichever.
There’s a Time and Place for Everything
At first, I was so unbelievably excited when we were introduced to Catherine Everdene. I mean, we have a female dominant! How often does that happen? Ms. Everdene is a pariah in the business world, and I couldn’t wait to read about such a strong female lead character. Sadly, she makes some stupid ass decisions when it comes to men.
Firstly, she loves to tease. On the surface that doesn’t seem like a major problem, but her antics in the office place are borderline sexual harassment. For example, when she learns that CEO Bill Boldwood is a submissive, she sends him an anonymous, yet highly suggestive Christmas card insinuating that she would like to lead him around on a leash. This sparks his obsessive fixation to serve as her submissive, and although he’s pretty psychotic in his pursuit, you can’t help but feel sorry for the poor guy. I just wanted to give him a hug! His chastity cage probably would’ve gotten in the way though.
Alright, so I wasn’t thrilled with how she handled the whole Boldwood situation, but her relationship with Troy Selgent was just unforgivable. Upon first meeting him he gropes her ass, and for some inexplicable reason she still goes on a date with him. Throughout their next few dates she senses that she can’t trust him, so what does she do? She has sex with him.
What the…? Why in the hell would you…? Ok, breathe, calm down, there ya go. If you thought this guy was bad news, why in the ever-loving world of funnel cakes would you sleep with him? What ensues is the most ridiculous power struggle ever, as both Catherine and Troy are dominant alphas in the bedroom. In my mind, they’re both hypocrites for trying to change the inherent nature of the other.
Her attempt to dominate Troy backfires terribly, and he basically rapes her instead. They call it quits for a bit, but then after a few weeks she tries yet again to dominate him. Ugh, I need to go eat something deep-fried and covered in sugar to calm my nerves. Hang on, I’ll be right back.
An Interesting Conclusion
All of these erotic encounters and poor life decisions come together for a very intense and suspenseful ending. As a matter of fact, it was almost too suspenseful for my taste, which I know sounds weird, but it made me pretty anxious. At one point you kind of question what else could possibly go wrong in these people’s lives.
Throughout it all, Dillon has constantly remained by Catherine’s side for support, and their relationship was by far my favorite to read. They definitely have some sexy scenes together, specifically when they’re trapped in an elevator. You just gotta love elevator scenes. Surprisingly enough though, they don’t actually have sex until practically the end of the book, which I think was a clever way to hold true to the classic romantic undertone of the original novel. Or so I’m guessing.
Series: Classic Cliterature Series, book 1. Gotta love the title.
Should you read it? This book definitely isn’t for everyone. If you’re not a fan of BDSM then I would probably hold off. On the other hand, if you enjoyed the original classic romance, and don’t shy away from a good spanking or two then this might be right up your alley.
Smut Level: What do you think? We’ve got a chastity cage for chrissakes! We also have a woman in her 80s who’s into the d/s lifestyle, which makes you realize that BDSM is like getting a tattoo. It’s cool when you’re young, but what’s it gonna look like when you’re old and wrinkly? Ugh, bad mental image. Abort, abort!
Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. Macde Publishing Ltd. 337 Pages.