Compliance by P.A. Jones
As the story opens, two people start their day in very different ways. A submissive is woken early by the sting of his mistress’s riding crop, forced to serve her and locked into his dungeon. Later that day, young dominatrix Mary heads for work in the afternoon looking forward to making her first client beg for mercy.
‘Compliance’ tells the intertwining stories of these two as they inevitably come together. The submissive’s story is driven by his mistress as she breaks him to her will; branding him with her mark in a shocking public performance and showing off her newly learned skills as she tortures him for the amusement of her friends. Locked in chastity, he learns that his desire no longer belongs to him, it is wholly hers. And yet, is this really all she wants from him, just his compliance?
Mary is taken under the wing of disdainful Mistress Vixen and trained to work for her, using her long legs and elegantly muscled arms to dominate Vixen’s clients with her cheerful brutality. If she enjoys having them crawl at her feet so much, why is she so restless?
Into their stories wanders young beautician Frankie. Not knowing Vixen’s profession she describes her boyfriend troubles and gets a lesson on how to take control of a man - a lesson that she and her boyfriend will never forget.
As their stories come together in the hills of Wellington, will the slave find what his mistress wants from him and will Mary discover what she is looking for?
Includes: tease and orgasm denial, waxing, caning, female domination, humiliation, electro stimulation, chastity devices, ruined orgasm, branding and more
Posted by SD on 24th Jun 2012
In the cover art I would have had him handcuffed to the bedhead but even that would have under-promised the extent of domination in this well-written story of self-discovery. There aren’t many BDSM novels that make me wish for a sequel, but I was sufficiently engaged by the character portrayal in Compliance to want to find out what happens next in the relationship between C and her nameless submissive, and how domina Mary reaches fulfillment.
Some lively and inventive scenarios distinguish this novel from much of this genre. I especially enjoyed an art gallery scene, which culminates in the public branding of the sub, following a convincing portrayal of the setting and the ordinary members of the public who unexpectedly find themselves part of a ritual public humiliation. C’s psychological, physical and sexual domination of the sub are well balanced and create an ever-rising tension in the narrative as the pair become lock and key in an all consuming dom-sub life bubble.
Several minor narrative threads introduce additional characters, all interesting and contributing raw but palatable erotic spice. And readers familiar with Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, will recognize it and feel at home with the lovely descriptions of the hills and harbour, iconic street character Blanket Man, and the trolley buses.