Book Review: Awakening by Cassandra Carr

Reviewed by JustJen

AwakeningTitle: Awakening
Author: Cassandra Carr
Heroes: Vanessa Clark/Will Astin
Genre: M/F BDSM
Length: 248 Pages
Publisher: C-Squared Publishing
Release Date: March 19, 2014
Available at: Smashwords, Amazon, All Romance eBooks & Barnes and Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads & Booklikes

Blurb: Vanessa Clark is doing a research paper for one of her last classes – Psychology of Sex – before receiving her Bachelors’ degree. Once she discovers the topic of BDSM, everything else pales in comparison. But where will she learn about it? The Internet has its limits, and Vanessa needs to talk to real-life practitioners of BDSM to really understand the lifestyle and write about it.

Will Astin, who serves as a dungeon master at a local BDSM club, doesn’t expect to find a gorgeous, irresistible young woman when he agrees to a meet and greet with a college student as a favor to the club’s owner. Even better, she’s interested in learning about BDSM for what he suspects are more than scholarly reasons, and Will decides he’s just the man to teach her about it, hopefully claiming her for his own.

Will and Vanessa begin a journey which teaches both of them there’s more to BDSM than meets the eye. In the process, they grow closer, but when Will’s job puts him in the line of fire – literally – their roles are reversed and Vanessa has to take charge. Can they handle the rapid shift in their burgeoning dynamic, or is their relationship doomed?


This was a really enjoyable story. Vanessa is a young college girl, although she is just about to graduate. She’s doing a final paper on the BDSM lifestyle and goes to a club asking for help for research purposes. This is where, somewhat by chance, she meets Will, a dom who volunteers at the club by night, and does hostage negotiating by day.

Will plays at the club, but after a bad breakup with his ex-sub, he has not collared another since and has remained somewhat detached in his encounters. However, when he meets Vanessa, he feels a pull. Though he is a bit concerned about their age difference, not to mention her lack of experience in the lifestyle, he can’t help but pursue something with her.

Being so new to the lifestyle, as well as regular sexual relationships, she is somewhat skittish of what Will seems to be offering. He is extremely patient and slow going as he introduces her to things, with a lot of explanation along the way, and he quickly gains her trust.

Unfortunately, things are thrown up in the air for them, and they struggle to get things back to the way they were. This is also where things really picked up for me though, and I really enjoyed this turn of events. It takes the help of Vanessa and club owner and Will’s friend, Rod to help get things back on track. I really liked Rod and found I was longing for more of his story. He and Will have a great friendship with fabulous banter. I’d love to read more about him.

This takes more of a D/S direction, with Will trying to not scare Vanessa off through most of it, but it was quite erotic and sexy. The scenes were well written, and the story flowed nicely for the most part. I did think the ending was a little rushed as compared to the rest, but definitely recommend this for those looking for a little romance with their sexy BDSM stories.

Overall Impression: I really liked it

*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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