Title: The Keyholder
Author: Claire Thompson
Genre: BDSM Erotic Romance
Release Date: May 22, 2015
Eva Sandler’s dream job as a house submissive at Hawthorne Dungeon becomes a seven-week nightmare of intense captivity at the hands of a dangerous Master Keyholder. Though forced to submit to the cruel taskmaster’s every erotic whim, Eva’s inner spark of survival burns hot. She will escape, whatever the cost.
Long-time Dom Jack McQuade aches for a loving D/s connection like that shared by his friends, Nora and Charles. When Nora finds desperate clues left by someone held prisoner in Hawthorne Dungeon, it leads them all to a harrowing discovery and introduces Jack to Eva’s stunning courage and determination.
Jack and Eva’s possible D/s relationship should be perfect, but when Jack holds back because of Eva’s previous experience—fearing he’s pushing her too far, too fast—it will take every bit of Eva’s spirit to show the Dom that his sub is much stronger than he ever realized.
A powerful story of passion, betrayal, erotic submission, but most of all—love.
I'll admit to being a bit apprehensive about this book as I was worried it would be a bit too dark for my tastes, and yes it is dark and gritty in places but it is beautifully balanced with a loving, emotional romantic storyline. The Keyholder is the story of a young submissive, Eva, who's held captive and subjected to horrific torture by a sadistic, abusive 'Master' for several weeks. Thankfully she is rescued by Jack and his friends Charles and Nora who are keyholders at the elite Hawthorne Dungeon BDSM club. This is an absolutely fascinating story that has so many layers to it, I literally couldn't put it down.
I loved how the author clearly shows the difference between sadistic abuse and consensual BDSM. The scenes between Eva and her abuser in the first part of the book were hard to read, but these were contrasted really well with the loving scenes between Charles and his submissive Nora. The BDSM scenes throughout the book were really well written, especially those between Jack and Eva. I also really enjoyed the games and competitions between the Doms and Subs, they were fun to read and lightened the mood nicely.
The characters in this book, both the main characters and the secondary ones, are all complex and really well written. Eva is absolutely amazing. She went through a horrific ordeal at the hands of a monster, but was strong enough to survive and is determined to flourish under Jack's care. What can I say about Jack? I love him! He's a caring, loving Dom who has been looking for his perfect sub - and he has found her in Eva.
The Keyholder is one of the best books I've read this year. It's an emotional, raw, suspenseful story that kept my attention from start to finish. Five stars!
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
Claire has been writing for nearly two decades, and has published over 70 novels. She writes BDSM romance and non-con abduction tales, spanning both m/f and m/m genres. Claire’s love affair is with all things D/s (Dominance/submission). Her work began as a romantic exploration of the BDSM life style, and then veered to the darker side of fantasy. She is fascinated with the dark psyche of a twisted mind, and seeks insight into what might motivate such a person to do what they do. Rather than the all-evil villain and heroes as pure as the driven snow, Claire strives to develop real, complex and flawed human beings.
She seeks not only to tell a story, but to come to grips with, and ultimately exalt in the true beauty and spirituality 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.