“To Serve Is Divine” by RE Hargrave

 photo 95928daa-6125-4dac-b9f2-5adb7fa6842d_zps2aff697f.jpgCatherine O’Chancey is a reserved, demure, and graceful submissive. All traits she trained hard to enhance when she discovered the world of Dominance and submission in college. In an attempt to start fresh after the unexpected death of her last Dom, Catherine moves to Dallas, TX to escape the shroud of darkness he left behind in her life. She has tried to fight the need that resides deep within her to submit, but finally has to admit she can’t for it is not a choice, but part of who she truly is. After months of mental preparation, she ventures back into the lifestyle by attending a coveted open-night event at Dungeons and Dreams, an exclusive BDSM club.

Is it fate or coincidence that Catherine garners the attention of one of the club’s board members who happens to be on the hunt for the perfect sub – a partner who enjoys receiving pain and pleasure as much as he enjoys doling it out?

Jayden Masterson is many things: a firm Dom, a shrewd businessman, and a gentleman. What he isn’t, is someone who partakes in relationships outside of contractual ones with his multiple, uncollared, regular submissives. While he likes rough sex, he is not an animal, and can find pleasure only if it is consensual. What his harem is missing is a pain slut; could there be one in his future?

Upon meeting Catherine, Jayden feels an instantaneous spark inside him that has him wanting to know not just her body, but her mind. He wants to unravel her mysteries and discover her secrets. Through pain can they find the pleasure they seek? Can part-time pain lovers find full-time fulfillment when it’s not in their contract?

I received a copy of this book by the Author, RE Hargrave, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

Let me first start off by saying….HOLY SHIT THAT WAS AMAZING!
Ok, I feel better. Now onto the review!

I can NOT and I mean CAN NOT believe I let this copy sit in my TBR list for so freaking long. I’m a damn idiot! This is another one of those books that has jumped out and bit me on the ass and I’m in love. It was totally unexpected and a wonderful surprise.

Catherine is a loveable character. Even though she’s a submissive, you get the full impact of her strength.  She’s standing alone outside, waiting in line to get into a hot BDSM club. It’s open doors night, so anyone is allowed in and most there are in groups, giggling, naive and won’t last the night.  Catherine is trained, she desires what she had from her first experience and is looking for a Dom who will treat her better then her last.

Jayden is a Dom, looking for a real submissive. Not one of those fake or weak minded ones. He wants a true sub who is strong enough to stand up to his demands and who craves what he gives them.  When he sees Catherine in line, he looks at her. She stares then bows her head.  And so begins their relationship, even before it’s been decided.

Once Catherine is in the club and has had a moment to absorb things, Jayden approaches her and asks her to join him in a play room.  It is there he discovers her passion, her desire to please and her issues.

“Hello, Catherine,” he purred into her ear.
She tensed a bit. Surprised that he knew her name?
He slipped one of her shoes off and set it to the side. Kissing her neck from behind, he whispered, “You may call me Sir for tonight,” and then removed her other shoe.
“Thank you, Sir.”
Jayden continued leaving soft kisses across her shoulder blades while slipping the straps to the dress off one at a time. The straps catching on her upper arms prevented the dress from freeing her tits and placed her in a state of loose bondage. He pressed his chest to her back so he could reach over her and drag his nails from her collarbone down over the curves of her breasts catching and pushing the dress material free.
His dick hardened more than it had in months when he confirmed that she was indeed wearing nipple clamps. Jayden groaned.
The small gasp that fell from her lips delighted him when he gave a gentle pull on the chain.
“Tell me, Catherine. What are your hard limits?”
Some submissives had a very long list of hard limits. If they were compatible with Jayden that list was much shorter. Jayden wanted to jump in and play right then, with no more formalities hindering his ravaging of Catherine. This woman had his heart beating and his cock throbbing like a horny schoolboy. However, he knew that he needed some basic information before that could happen. If tonight
went well, he would invite her to meet with him to do a full disclosure interview of her past experiences, limits, health history, and contract review.
He released the chain so that she could focus on her answer.
She exhaled a ragged breath and began. “Canes, blood play, bestiality, golden showers, and scat play,” she stated, then added in a softer tone, “and extreme pain, Sir.”
Jayden waited for Catherine to continue. After a minute of silence from her, shock overtook him, then elation that her limits were the same as his—except for the canes. Perhaps with time, he would be able to open her mind to them through more thorough knowledge and training.
“Is that all?” Jayden’s tone was incredulous when he asked, and he caught the small upward tilt of the corner of her mouth when Catherine tried to fight her smile.
“Aye, Sir.”
“Very good.”

When Catherine has a breakdown while looking at the canes, he immediately is there to comfort her. There is more to this sexy Dom then just a man out looking for some kinky sex with a slave who loves pain. He feels something he’s never felt before and he knows there is more than meets the eye and he knows he’s the man who can chase her demons and replace them with sexual fantasies.

He ends up not only being her Dom, but her Psychiatrist as well. He helps her work out her issues, via a journal and praise and affection.

However there is one flaw. Jayden also has two standby submissives. A man and a woman. They aren’t capable of being who he needs but they’re good replacements for a quick session. It’s around this time he tests Catherine and essentially himself with an act that honestly made me dislike him for a few minutes. I still didn’t lose respect for Catherine though.

By the end, Jayden and Catherine both have a lot to consider, a lot at stake and tests to over come. What are they? Do they both win at this game or does one fail, destroying them both? Those answers will come to us in book 2 “A Divine Life

Now don’t get upset, this is a soft cliff hanger.  Not one of those you get sick to your stomach and feel like you’re coming off a drug.  The end is actually a moment to reflect and to ponder/guess what might happen in the next book.  ALSO, RE Hargrave took pity on us junkies and came out with Book 2 a couple weeks after publishing “To Serve Is Divine”!!

Final thoughts: This is one of my new favorite series. I hope she’ll continue it past 3 books, but since it’s a “Trilogy” my hopes aren’t high.

If you love BDSM books with all the juicy tidbits, without things being over the top, unreal or vulgar, yet complete sexy.  Then you will love the Divine Trilogy! Check it out!!

~Robin
*NOTE*: Books 1 & 2 are currently $3.49 each

 

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 10
  • Characterization – 10
  • Style – 10
  • Threshold Quality – 10
  • Addictiveness – 8

Total – 48

Rating – 5 Stars

 


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