Wednesday, 8 June 2011

The Understudy by Lisabet Sarai

Is there a future in playing stand-in to a slave?

Sarah Gladstone was thrilled to be offered her first real acting job at the Berks Summer Playhouse. She never expected to be working with theatre legend Geoffrey Hart. The charismatic actor quickly brings her under his spell, not to mention his control, as he initiates her into the dark delights of BDSM. He offers her far more than physical pleasure; they share a level of intimacy and trust beyond anything Sarah could have imagined.

According to the rumours, though, Geoff's heart is taken. Renowned actress Anne Merrill, his long time partner and submissive lover, has severed their relationship and Hart has escaped to the Berkshires to lick his emotional wounds. With her youth, inexperience, and girl-next-door persona, Sarah knows that she can't compete with the glamorous theatre veteran. She fears that she's just a substitute for the real object of Geoff's affections. As he draws her deeper into his intoxicating games of dominance and submission, Sarah wonders if she's willing to settle for the role of understudy in this perverse passion play.

The Understudy is a novel about a young girl’s entry into the world of BDSM. Ms Sarai gave the book a keen air of realism and her hero was so magnetic that within pages I was drawn in. Probably, if you are anything like me, you too will be wishing you’re the heroine being handled and mastered so expertly and exquisitely.

Sarah isn’t the star of the show literally speaking, she is the understudy; however, she is the star of this book, and, it seems, the star of hunky A-lister Geoffrey Hart’s fantasies about domination. The plot moves quickly, probably a bit too quickly to be hugely realistic, but who cares, Hart is such a great alpha male that you can see why Sarah falls over herself, and his lap, to please him.

The sex scenes are hot and bountiful, the characters well matched, and steam rises from the pages!

I enjoyed the secondary characters too, they made the stage and the back screen scenes come to life. I adored the confusion Sarah feels about this new way to have a relationship which appeals to her so much, and the outcome, also, is very satisfying.

“He turned those dark eyes on me and I felt suddenly faint. They were the eyes of a predator sizing up his prey.”

“My biceps ached from gripping the bed and my inner thighs felt as though I had spent half a day on the StairMaster” – Yay!! Fab night then :-)

“I want you to look through my toys and chose the two that you’d most like to try.” Oh, yes please!

A great story, beautifully written and full of well-crafted descriptions. The BDSM has a nice air of unpredictability and combined with the realisation on the heroine’s part meant it was a book I didn’t want to end. I highly recommend it if you like a modern tale of D and s.

1 comment:

Lisabet Sarai said...

Dear Miz Love,

THANK YOU for such a wonderful review! The kind of review that every author dreams about...

Maybe I need to write another story featuring these characters...!