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on April 05, 2011 :
Full disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book for review.
She's in Control. Sounds like my kind of book. Good femdom stories are very hard to find, so I was excited to read this one.
I was a bit disappointed, but for a first-time author, Mr. Smith's work shows promise. I suspect these stories were written in the order they were published because I felt like the writing improved throughout the book.
This is a collection of three unrelated short stories, so I'll review them separately.
Cougar -- 1 star
Jackie's more like a sugar momma than a woman in control. She has many lovers, but when they have sex, she surrenders to them.
There are a few really bad sentences in the story that I found distracting. One example: "she's in pretty good shape and quite hot in the sexy category."
The depictions of sex in this story were not particularly hot. I'm used to more explicit language, and it felt like Mr. Smith was trying too hard to write about sex without using any bad words.
Taking Control - 3.5 stars
Now we're talking. This story actually belongs in a collection called She's in Control. Sarah has established a little business for herself seeking powerful men who are closet submissive, and she's quite good at it. The writing in this story improved greatly over the previous. It's a good story that could easily be used as the first chapter in a book of its own.
Perfect Man - 3.5 stars
I'm going to say this up front, and I'm not putting a spoiler tag on it. This is a story about Jenny repeatedly raping a comatose patient. Particularly troubling is that Jenny was raped herself in college and yet had few reservations about what she did to her patient. I think potential readers deserve a warning about that. Something like "This is a fantasy story, in real life, this should never happen. Get over it." If this happened in real life, I'd want Jenny locked up for life, but it's just a story, so I'll move on.
That said, it is the best written of the three stories. There are almost no distracting errors or poor sentences as in the first of these stories. For the first time, Mr. Smith is writing in such a way that I was able to feel like I was part of the story rather than a distant observer. He does a good job portraying Jenny's feelings, sick as they are, towards her patient. The internal dialog from Bob, the patient, is also good.
Overall, I wasn't as impressed as I wanted to be, but I think the author shows he can craft a good story in Taking Control and can write well in Perfect Man. Combine those two qualities into one story, and it could be very good.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)