Muriel by Annie Cox
2012 National Leather Association International Writing Award Winner! John Preston Short Story Award!
At a young age, Muriel is married off to Wall Street billionaire, weapons manufacturer and military strategist, Bernard Leavanthal. Suffering from debilitating agoraphobia, the genius broker lived in virtual seclusion while he trained his young bride in the high art of the Dominatrix. Becoming his most trusted confidant, Muriel lives for forty years in a palatial prison in upstate New York as personal dominatrix to the elusive and eccentric Bernard Leavanthal.
After her husbands death, however, never tasting freedom, Muriel leaves her estate in upstate New York to set out on her own. Now in control of all her late husband’s assets, his weapons manufacturing and research laboratories, Muriel goes underground and joins the global war against terrorism. Hiring herself out as a Dominatrix, she begins training soldiers from around the world in the fine art of turning their pain into sheer ecstasy. While training the fiercest and most savvy warriors on the planet; the Dominatrix begins to hand select the best of the best as she builds an army of her own.
In the complex where Muriel lives, a young woman by the name of Tesla has moved in. Unbeknownst to the young woman, however, she had already been selected to join the ranks of Muriel’s elite. Lured into Muriel’s lair by a handsome, wounded soldier by the name of Will; Tesla soon learns she is no longer in control of her own destiny. At the hands of the master manipulator, Muriel, the predestined introduction to the irresistable soldier will unleash an explosive chain of events that will force Tesla on a perilous journey to the very heights of sexual hell and the pinnacle of ecstasy.
Contains; whipping, bondage, torture, toy play, lesbian and straight sexual themes.
Posted by A Voracious Reader on 16th Aug 2013
*Book source ~ Many thanks to Pink Flamingo for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
Muriel Leavanthal is her husband’s only heir to his vast empire. Married young to the severely agoraphobic billionaire she spent the first five years of her marriage being trained as his Dominatrix. For forty years she dominates him before he dies of cancer. After his death, taking her skills and his money she goes underground, hiring herself out as a Dominatrix training highly skilled elite soldiers how to turn the pain of torture into pleasure. When 32-yr-old Tesla meets Muriel, she has no idea that her life is going to merge with Muriel’s and she’ll be forever drastically changed.
This story is very interesting and unique. Until now I haven’t read about a Dominatrix training soldiers how to turn the pain of torture into pleasure. I’m not exactly sure the purpose of Tesla since she’s not a soldier. I would think Muriel would have been able to find a female soldier or two among those serving in the military to fill the female spot on the team instead of picking a sous chef, but it’s only a minor complaint in an otherwise excellent tale. The only other small complaint I have is the scene on the airplane. It didn’t seem to fit with Muriel’s character. And of course, the ending completely sucked, but only because of what had to happen. There was no getting out of the ending, no wriggling, plot twist or miracle that would lift it up from the suckfest it was. Then again, real life is messy and tends to suck from time to time. We honor those deserving of honor, pick up the pieces and continue onward. Should there be more stories about Muriel and her team I would love to read them. All-in-all an awesome BDSM read.