Today on The Bookpushers we have Katie Porter stopping by with a guest post on Unusual Kink and sponsoring a giveaway. Thanks for joining us today.
Jon and Heather, the hero and heroine of Inside Bet, are not kinky lovers in any easily explicable way. Most erotic romances can be classified along the lines of D/s (dominance and submission), bondage, sadomasochism (S&M), dubious consent (rape fantasies) or even roleplaying, as portrayed in Double Down, the first of the “Vegas Top Guns” series.
But what sort of kink is power play? Is it a board game? A contingency plan from the Department of Defense?
Basically, power play is the complete willingness to do anything along the sexual spectrum as long as there is risk between the consenting adults. Jon and Heather are power players. If there is a dare involved, either explicit or implicit, they’re up for it. The fabulous aspect of this far-ranging kink is that both partners come away satisfied in different ways. Sadist and masochists dovetail; so do power players. If Jon wins the scene by making Heather give in first (climax!) then how has Heather lost, exactly? Jon wins mentally—Ha! Victory is mine!—but she gets a pretty damn good deal too.
They get off on dares. The anticipation. The skill involved in pressing the advantage. The thrill of the moment when one of them can’t take it anymore.
As an erotic romance, this kink had so many possibilities. They were “switch” partners in the ultimate sense. Neither was exclusively dominant or submission, sadist or masochist. And they constantly teased each other (or, on occasion, threated each other) with their chosen safe word: Panda. Go on… Use it… I dare you…
As an example—a brief example, because this is a raunchy hot book and I’m trying to be good—the following takes place after Heather dares Jon to take a submissive role. He’s already admitted that he’s never opened, ahem, the back door, and he’s never given complete control to a woman. Once permission is given, however, game on. Heather takes full advantage:
“Shut up,” Heather said, “and turn onto your side.”
She lifted her brows. “Really? I thought you were up for more than this. I can climb on and get it over with if you want. Pandas are very pretty, after all. We could talk about them.” With the haughtiest expression she could muster, she stared him down. His frustration was gone. So was his surprise. A battle remained, some fight between his curiosity and his need for control. “But if you decide to keep going, don’t stop again.”
“Ah, f**k it,” he said at last. Jon slumped back against the bed. Another full-bodied laugh. Heather’s heart flipped over. “Might as well. Make it good, Heather love.”
“Spectacular. I promise.”
He tucked the scarf back over his eyes. “Bring it.”
“Mmm, I love the sound of that. But relax. You’re a little tense.”
That big, beautiful grin. His eyebrows were so animated that they poked out above the blindfold. “Can you blame me?”
But never fear. After complying to the letter, Jon gets his turn to run the show. “Now, Heather love, one spectacular orgasm coming up…”
So give Inside Bet a try. I dare you.
Up next for Katie Porter, the co-writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown:
Now that both RT BookReviews 4½ Star Top Picks Double Down and Inside Bed have been released, we’re looking forward to the September 25th arrival of Hold ‘em, featuring wild child Leah and a surprising reunion with a fellow pilot. The final two installments of the “Vegas Top Guns” series will follow in 2013.
November brings the m/m Christmas-themed Came Upon a Midnight Clear, and in January, Lead and Follow will launch the five-part “Club Devant” series of erotic multi-partner romances set in a hot New York City burlesque club.
Where to find us:
We’d like to give away a copy of Double Down or Inside Bet (winner’s choice) in any format. Just answer the question: Has your curiosity been piqued? Or have you heard of power play before? Hearing your take on the concept will be hella entertaining!
Thanks again to The Book Pushers for featuring Katie Porter and Inside Bet!
BP Note: The winner for the contest will be announced on Sep 6th. Good luck! Check back tomorrow for our review of Inside Bet.