Tuesday, December 23, 2014
His Canvas by Tymber Dalton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The best thing about this series is that each book can be read as a stand alone, or you can only read select books in the series and still be able to keep up with the background characters. This series has something for every facet of the BDSM Lifestyle, touching on many kinks, kind of like a buffet, allowing me to pick and choose which story lines I want to read, and which ones I want to pass on.
I'm in the lifestyle, but there are some kinks that are definite hard limits. This book touched on a couple of them. Mainly cutting, although I enjoy knife play, I don't do blood. Needle play, I've seen some beautiful corset lacings, (up the back), but needle play and that kind of piercing is on my, "oh no! not going there" list.
But in the lifestyle there is a saying, YKIMKBYKIOK, "Your kink isn't my kink, but your kink is okay". These were not my kinks, so it was harder for me to get into this particular book, and I found myself skimming much of it.
I did enjoy the back stories about Mallory's uncle and figuring out why he was so adamant on her going for her Masters. I also enjoyed the story of Mallory and Kel and their journey. Kel and his method of picture taking kind of put me off when he was taking pictures of Mallory while she slept... that part just kinda creeped me out. But all in all, it was implied consent between Kel and Mallory. It was the story of them.
Another enjoyable aspect of this series is the Ms. Dalton does extensive research into each and every fetish she writes about. She understands the lifestyle and those in it, and makes sure that for those reading it, that may be "lifestyle curious", that her underlying story about the lifestyle is factual.
The only thing that keeps it from being a 5 star read for me, was the constant description of Mallory. I understand some authors not wanting to make the main female character flawless, I don't want to read perfect and flawless, but trying instead to make them more realistic. But what I'm finding as of late is the wide swing in the other direction. Making a point of saying the character is overweight, making that a focal point. Mallory was lovable, smart, and sweet, and it could have, and should have, just been mentioned that yes, she was overweight, and the struggles she had with that. But I felt that the book focused too *much* on her weight. Like it was a miracle that someone like Mallory could get someone like Kel.
Looking forward to reading the next in this series!
Solid 4 star read.
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