Thursday, August 13, 2009

Review: Graceful Submission by Melinda Barron

Graceful Submission
Genre: BDSM Erotic Contemporary
Length: Novel
ISBN: 978-1-59632-402-2
Now available in print

The blurb:

Plus-sized Grace Kinison leaves a dull life. She’s a teacher and aspiring author, who does nothing but work, and then write on her novel. That is until she becomes a cyber submissive.
Grace has agreed to help her childhood friend’s husband plan her surprise birthday party. Grace thinks her fellow party planner, Toffer Shelley, is a writer on a TV show. What she doesn’t know is that he’s the show’s sexy star, Drake Dawson. He’s a Dom, and he wants to work his magic on her.
When Grace runs into trouble at work her cyber relationship turns into the real thing after she travels to Hollywood to meet Toffer. She’s thrilled to be meeting her Master, until she realizes that he’s the most gorgeous man in Hollywood.
But Toffer won’t let Grace judge him by his looks. He takes her on a sexual journey full of bondage and submission, which give her strength to overcome challenges in her own work.
Buy it now from Loose Id!

I am going to keep this review short... why... because the book is only 170 pages.... So, I don't want to give to much away... and by reading the blurb, you get the gest of what the book is about. But I am here to tell you that this book is absolutely wonderful!!! I loved this book. I read this book in two nights (only because I started it late one night and finished it the next).
I know we talk about BDSM and our feelings about books that contain them, but this is an awesome book about submission and dominating.
First, the two characters, Grace and Toffer are just to damn lovable.
Grace, because she is the normal, average side, maybe a little heavier size woman. She is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She loves teaching, but she can't stand her soon to be boss. He is the creep of all creeps. He is trying to get Grace in his bed... and if she does not comply... then he will have her job.
Toffer, a mutli-billionaire, gorgeous actor, can get any woman he wants... but that is his problem... he doesn't want just some woman. He wants one woman. But he wants to have this woman: stock, lock and barrel. Is Grace that woman, can Grace be that woman??
Their trip down Dom/Sub... is a very erotic ride. But at the same time, a very trust building relationship. Besides the Dom/Sub going on and the erotic factor, this book has a plot and a very good one... Hell, I was even cheering for them!

If your hussy is in need of a good purrrrrr... this is the book to let it purr. The sex scenes are amazing, they are not vulgar or in bad taste, you know I would tell you. This is my first book by Ms. Melinda and I can promise you, it won't be my last!

If you want to walk in the baby pool (so to speak) of erotic, maybe even BDSM, dom/sub... this REALLY is the book for you. If you want romance, this book will provide that as well. If you want the "creep gets what he deserves," you will get that too!!!
This book really has it all!!! I hope you will give it a try.... I am sure glad I did!!!!

Then as a treat, Graceful Mischief is in the back of this book... so you are getting two books... Now I am onto Loose ID to buy the third book... Undercover Submission.

Now, I have to give credit where credit is due.... Book Junkie is where I found this little jem of a book. She did a book review and I fell in love... This is her review of this book. Please go and read her's --->>> Here!!

To read an excerpt of this book, please go --->>> here.
To visit Ms. Melinda Barron web site, please go --->>> here.

I hope you enjoyed this review because I enjoyed reading this one...!!
Hussy----satisfaction!!!! =)


  1. I honestly don't know how I feel about did say it is done tastefully, and I trust you:)

  2. I've read some BDSM that totally turns me off, so I always hesitate these days to pick up a book with those erotic overtones. But your review is tempting me! I guess as long as there is no humiliation or withholding pleasure, I'm okay with it. Can you tell me that much? LOL

  3. Oh I am so glad you loved it! I just finished Graceful Mischief! Short as well but so worth it. It is a continuation of Grace and Toffer. Thank you for the props too ;-)

    Enjoy & Happy Reading

  4. Hey Mandi & Stacy ~
    It is done very tastefully. I promise you both. I never felt uncomfortable with this book nor did I ever want to put it down because it was too much. It never got that deep. What I got from it, was that this was a trust building relationship. There is no humiliation or withholding pleasure. He makes her learn patience in a certain way. But never negative.
    Truth be told, I actually wanted a collar after this book.... if it would only come from Toffer!! lol!!! But the relationship between Grace and Toffer will leave feeling very Awwww. To see how much trust goes into their relationship and what they had to go through to get there... that was nice.
    The only book, so far, that I have read with a BDSM was Joey W Hill's The Vampire Queen Servant's book. And that one was a little tough, but there was also motivate behind it too. But that one was a little stronger than this one. On a scale from one to ten (ten being way to much BDSM), I would give this book a 3 maybe a 4. Light.
    I can understand the hesitation to read a novel like this, but to me, this was a baby step. It was erotic enough that the BDSM did not seem like **BAM** in your face. I hope you will give it a try. You will love Toffer, he is a character.

  5. Hey Book Junkie!!! Girl, if it had not been for you, I would have never found this book!! And I loved it. OH, Graceful Mischief was short, but OMG very worth it!!! You are more than welcome for the props honey!!
    Thanks for the recommendation!!!
    Hope you all have a great day!

  6. I don't mind dom/sub topics but not too fond of bondage with the accessories :).

    So glad you loved the book, Cecile!

  7. Wow - this book is definitely going into my TBR....I've not read any BDSM but willing to give it a try! My only hesitation is that it's short but maybe, as you said, it's a good intro into the genre.

  8. Oh, I don't mind a god BDSM or Dom/sub story and this sounds like a dream of many a woman. The not so perfect woman is wooed by the handsome, rich guy and have wild hawt sex. That can make for a nice intermezzo :D

  9. Hi Cecile,
    Sounds like a good read, and short too. That I sure need sometimes.
    Oh and could be good to step into the babypool of those things first before jumping in the real pool

  10. Great review Cecile. I can tell that this book, while short, was still a really good read.

    I enjoy novels about woman with REAL body types. Sometimes I wonder, is it the author's choice or the publisher's when it comes to the "perfection" of today's romantic heroine? For me, it certainly gets old after a while.

    While I'm a definite fan of BDSM, I find that an author can drop into the funny zone really quick if they're not careful. I recently read a BDSM novella that seriously had me laughing. I couldn't help it! The sex was ridiculous! Then there are the masters like Joey W, Hill. In fact, for me, she IS the master. ;)

    Again, loved the review.

    (((hugs))) VFG

  11. Great review!!!

    I've read only two tales with BDSM. At this point, I don't know where I stand with it. I'm trying, but it's hard for me to find the romance in it, and when I read the main element I'm looking for is romance. I'm staying open minded about it, I could feel differently a year from now. You never know.

  12. ((giggling)) Cecile I absolutely love your reviews. As a rule, I do not like BDSM at all - if you expect to tie me up, you better pack a lunch and prepare for the ass kicking that's coming, yeah, with that said - your reviews could pretty much talk me into reading anything! After your review I would actually consider reading this - after all what's a little dunk in the "baby pool"!! Girl you slay me :-)

  13. After seeing 9 1/2 weeks with Kim Bassinger I was so totally put off the collar thing and sexual submission,etc... but as usual only you,Cecile,have actually gotten me to actually re consider my views.I trust you and your review is so enthusiastic.I will look into this.ANOTHER book for my TBR pile!!!

  14. ~Amy C

    Hey Girl... (And do not forget to go drop your story in at Hawk's place, for I know you would rock that out!!) Okay... Now... This story did have bondage. I won't lie to you. But I also have to tell you that while there was bonage, I know understand why there is bondage. Remember I did say this was a light story. It is not dark and heavy into BSDM. There is a trust factor that really has to be thought about. Like this story left me wondered how much I really trust men after this. But this was a good story. Hope you give it a chance.


    I am glad to see you say that Patti. It is a wonderful book. The shortest, IMHO, added to the fact that it was a light book on BSDM. The story did not have time to go dark, but (I am not the author or in her head....all my opinoin) I think, with these characters, it never would have gotten dark. Toffer wanted a woman to submit and Grace was a born sub. In the real world, I guess, if we really look into ourselves, we would see what we are and that we all have those tendencies. Maybe not in the bedroom department, but we have them. I know I am to open mouth to allow someone to push me around or for me to submit to someone. It would take a war to make me submit. But with Grace and Toffer, they enjoyed each other to much to go dark. I am glad to at least hear you will give it a try!!!


    And with a man like Toffer, believe you won't mind a trip down Dom/sub!! He is hot!! And they are both in their late thirties... almost forty... So, this was another thing I liked about this book. Besides Grace being "not" perfect, they were older than most couples you read about. And being Woooooo by him... ***stilll fannning myself!!!***


    I would say short and sweet... but very sexy!!! A nice slow walk into the baby pool!!! I mean, it is good to find a book like this, because for some people, who may have wanted to read a BSDM book but was worried about it being to "dark", this is an awesome book to read first. And if it is your cup of tea, then you could find some others.. And if it is not... then you have not gotten dark.


    Thank you!!! It was a very good read. I really enjoyed it. I was wishing for a longer story, only to get more of Grace and Toffer... they were a great couple!
    That was one of the first things that I loved about this book... ""I enjoy novels about woman with REAL body types."" Grace is your normal, run of mill type woman you would run into on a daily basis. That was great!!! I am glad that Ms. Barron let Grace by Grace.
    Oh, I know what you mean about BSDM just being tooo much. (funny zone) And, yes definitely... ""Then there are the masters like Joey W, Hill. In fact, for me, she IS the master."" Bowing down to her!!!!
    Thanks for the hug!! ((((hugz)))) right back at you!!!!


    Thank you Barbara!! Well, that is why I really wanted to read this book and review it. I know that is something we, as reader, sometimes struggle with... the line of where do we cross. I have crossed over this line with Joey W Hill's book and I loved the book. But I know that is not for some people and that is okay. I will never make you try to like something I know you are not going to like. But I just want people to give it a chance. To see what "good" side of BSDM can be. This book does offer romance, that I can say. And that is what I loved about this book. It was not painful, I was not cringing at the thought of what I read... in fact, I thought it was great. But you are this way the way I am with m/m books, although, I will add I have not read any yet... and I did say yet... But I will read them because of you guys giving such great reviews on the ones you have read. So, I will start with the ones you all have read so far. That way, I can gauge myself. But we all all have a level at which we stick too... and understanding the comfort zone is definitely something to keep in mine! But I hope you give this one a try... I promise it is like going in the baby pool!!! =)

  15. ~Cybercliper
    I am glad that I could make you laugh girl!!! =) That brings a smile to my face!!! See, my job is done for the day!! I made someone smile!!!
    Now, about the book =)!!! Thank you!!! But you are the one that is killing me ~ ""you better pack a lunch and prepare for the ass kicking that's coming later""
    Your words are to kind my friend... I am just telling you what my heart felt when reading this. I did say, it is like a dunk in the baby pool... and we all know that it is pretty shallow and it does not hurt to just put your feet in!!! LOL!!! I am glad that I could give you something new to think about reading... Let me know if you do read it, please!!!!

    ~Yvette Kelly

    I know what you mean about the 9 1/2 Weeks movie. Been there, done that, didn't wan tto go again. But this really~is~a~great book! My friend, thank you for your kind words!!!! =) Girl... that TBR pile can handle this one... although, the pile might melt.. because Toffer is HAWT!!!!! LOL!!! But I am glad that I could get you consider reading this one. Let me know if you do!! I will await your thoughts!!!

    Please... if any of you do get, I would love to know your thoughts on it!!!!

  16. Wow, it looks like you ladies are having quite a discussion. That's really good!
    Cecile thanks so much for your wonderful review of Graceful Submission. This book came out in 2007 in e-book format and was just recently released in print. I'm thrilled to see that it is still touching people when they read it.
    BDSM is not for everyone's taste, I know, but I enjoy the play between the characters in a BDSM novel. I'm thrilled to see that both Cecile and Book Junkie enjoyed it!
    Keep reading, ladies, and keep discussing. I'm interested to see what you say!

  17. I'm like Barbara, I need the romance, as well as a deep emotional connection. The sub/dom thing and BDSM have left me cold so many times before. HOWEVER, I would be a hypocrit if I didn't at least try this book. I always want my readers to keep an open mind, so why wouldn't another author wish for the same?

    The fact that the heroine is not the perfect 'heroine' is right up my alley. LOVE that.

    The fact that I'm going to be gently guided into the wading pool of BDSM also helps.

    so, I will give this book a try. Heck, Cecile, you gave my Lindsay a try and loved him. So, I can totally do this! I'll let you know what I think!

  18. Hi Cecile: I just wanted to stop by to say hi! Have a great weekend, my friend!

  19. Hi Cecile!!

    Great review!! You know I read just about anything, atleast try it. Most BDSM doesn't bother me but like some have said, some of it really bothers me! Your review has me interested in this book!!

    Oh and Congrats on the new toy your hubby got for you.......very cool!! :)

  20. Hmm I've read a few with BDSM in it but a lot of them are a little to raunchy for my taste this ones sounds like it's more tasteful and the review is great I may have to give this one a try sometime!

  21. Hum, I've never read a BDSM book, but from what I've just read in your sounds like a creative book and one I should read. I'll look for it next time I'm at the book store.


  22. I always enjoy your reviews!

    As I said before - this one could tempt me to try reading BDSM type books.


  23. Cecile - I'm working on BBAW (Book Blogger Appreciation Week) and you've been nominated for an award. More information will be forthcoming, but I need your e-mail address ASAP (within the next 48 hours at the latest). Please e-mail it to me at skrishna [at] skrishnasbooks [dot] com.

  24. Hi Cecile!

    I like Amy, I've read sub/dom and as long as it doesn't get into instruments of abuse, I can usually read and enjoy.

    I might like to give this one a try. Thanks for the review and the recommendation.

    Dottie :)

  25. Ms. Melinda!! Thank you so much for stopping by!!! I means the world to me that you have stopped by! My friends are the best!!
    They love their books!!! And we love to share. Some books are not for some people and I respect that. I just want to allow people another look, a different view if you will of a book. And if for some reason, they do not like, then I really want to know their feelings, because that is what makes us a great gang of friends... we share!!!
    You are welcome for a review like this, your book was wonderful. The characters were so wonderful!! I am still having dreams of Toffer! =)
    I hope you have a great week!!

  26. Oh, Charlotte!!!! Thank you for stopping by!!! And I agree with you and Barbara... there needs to be romance! There HAS to be romance and I don't care what kind of book it is... It could be about twinkies... there needs to be some lovin going on!! LOL.. Joking aside for the moment, you are right -there needs to be a basic emotional connection from the character to the reader ~ always. I can see how BDSM could leave a person feeling that way. So this book was very refreshing because it was "fun. playful. still broaded on edgy. kinky." and that were the qualities I liked. She kept this very "light" and I liked that.
    Oh the fact that Grace was not perfect... was perfect for me!! I loved that!!!
    I get tired of reading about the woman who is the perfect 0 size. I am no where NEAR a size 0... So to see Grace was a my size kinda of woman, I loved that up!!!

    The baby pool is a great place to start... and I am hoping to have a party in the baby pool once everyone reads it!!! =)

    Oh and Charlotte.... Lindsay.... ***sighing heavily**** Honey, I would let that man have his way with me anyday of the week..!! I absolutely love that man!!!!

  27. Hey Blanche!! I hope you had a wonderful time on your vacation!!! Thank you for your kind words! I am glad to see that you would give it a try! It really was a great book! I have only read Joey W Hill's book for an example of BDSM, so to me that was the deep end of the pool. And this book being the baby pool. It was really quiet refreshing to see this angle of storytelling. Because like I said, there is more to the plot then the BDSM factor. There really was the trust factor. And that was appreciated.

    Hey JennJ
    BDSM can be done in a very raunchy manner. But this book, I have to applaud Ms. Melinda, because this book had it all! And it was done in good taste! Please let me know if you do decide to try it!

  28. Hey HAWK!!! I am so glad to see you made it! I hope things have not bogged you down to much!!
    Well, if you have never read a BDSM book, I would really suggest reading this one frist. It was an excellent introduction to BDSM and Toffer is just to damn sexy to not want to see what he has in store for the lovely Grace!!!
    Thank you for the kind words my friend!!
    I hope you take a dip into the baby pool!!! =)

  29. Hey Dottie
    I am not that crazy about the idea of abuse or humiliation or anything demeaning to either person for BDSM. So, this book was great! I hope everyone enjoys it because it was a good book... And like I said, a great dip into the baby pool of BDSM!!!
    You are more than welcome for the rec!!! The least I can do is give one... out of all the ones you do!!! =)

    I hope everyone has a great time reading this book!! And please, again... if you do read this book, please let me know how you liked it.

  30. We are trying to get a hold of you for BBAW!

    Please email mypalamyATgmailDOTcom for information about YOUR Book Blogger Appreciation Week nomination!

  31. Wonderful review Cecile..

    I also added this to my TBR pile from Book Junkies...

    You know iread anything - so I knw I will enjoy this and i have read Ms. Barron before.



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