Claire Thompson has been writing erotic fiction and romance since 1996. With over fifty novels published, Claire recently established hew own publishing venue, RomanceUnbound.com, where all of her work is available for direct sale. Claire’s novels involve the sensual exploration of D/s and erotic romance, as well as the more intense and edgy side of BDSM. Her D/s romances explore the power and beauty of a loving exchange of power. Her darker works press the envelope of what is erotic and what can be a sometimes dangerous slide into the world of sadomasochism. Ultimately her work deals with the human condition, and our constant search for love and intensity of experience.
Title: Brokered Submission
Author: Claire Thompson
Genre: Adult, Erotic Romance
Release Date: January 9, 2015
Dylan steers clear of vanilla girls, preferring to find his play partners in the BDSM scene. But something about Zoë Stamos whispers to the Dom inside him. As they work together on a complex multi-million dollar investment deal, it is all too easy to imagine her naked and bound, skin glistening with sweat, her hair wild about her face. He can almost hear her breathy cries as he cracks a whip behind her, letting its sharp tip flick over her skin…When a key investor pulls out of a deal Zoë hoped would make her career, Dylan Hart offers to step in and cover the six million dollar shortfall, but his terms are like nothing she’s ever heard before. “You will spend the next forty-eight hours as my sexual slave. You will be confined to my basement dungeon, and you will be subject to my every sensual whim and erotic torture.”Zoë, who has a secret cache of dark, edgy erotic romances in her library, never dreams she’d be offered the chance to step right into the pages of one. Fantasy is one thing, real life erotic submission is quite another! But Dylan is waiting for her answer, his self-assured arrogance and intense sexual allure nearly too much for Zoë to handle. Her heart is hammering in her chest, and it’s hard to catch her breath.“So,” he says, “do we have a deal?”
Review by Ramona
Formed on an outrageous proposal, Brokered Submission is a truly wild fantasy conceptualized by Claire Thompson. What could happen when two almost strangers get into a D/s relationship?
Dylan and Zoe have met over business dealings and it's never progressed beyond professional meetings and corporate deals. Yet Dylan feels a pull within Zoe, something she's never voiced to herself, much more to him. She may be a born submissive, but with virtually no real exposure to the BDSM scene, it's not really a concept she'd been able to explore.
He just happens to overhear a conversation between her and a probable investor fall through, regarding a deal that could make or break her career. With millions at stake, Zoe agrees to a proposal of a lifetime on more than one level. Dylan will fund her investment deal in return for a weekend as his submissive. That she's attracted to Dylan is beyond any doubt, but could the attraction turn into something more, into a relationship that will push her over any boundaries she has?
While this is a truly erotic, sexily dark story, it is strangely informative at the same time. Sex happens, a ton of it, yet the reasoning behind the lifestyle is explained in a very clear and non-lecturing way. While by no means complete, a light overview of the scenes and logic that drives them can be found within these pages.
Zoe is a perfect platform for a submissive newbie, being confident in herself enough to try completely new things and ask questions about stuff she doesn't understand like public scenes or needle play. Through her it becomes perfectly clear that it takes a strong-minded person to be able to submit completely to another person.
Dylan (for me) is a perfect Dom. There is not one selfish bone in him; everything he does is for Zoe. All her care, nurturing, passion, and pleasure lie with him and his pleasure cannot be complete until hers is. It's a beautifully erotic symbiotic relationship that forges a deep and lasting link between Dom and sub.
Do they get together? Of course they do, but it's their joint journey of discovery that makes Brokered Submission a story more poignant than sexy, in my opinion. And that's a truly great thing. Claire Thompson put humanity in a subject that quite a few people would consider triple-x porn and I am in awe.