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Hello sassy people! Today’s post is about Praise by Sara Cate! Thank you, Sara Cate and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review!
by Sara Cate
He calls me perfect.
His flawless pet.
His good girl.
Broken down and wounded by my emotionally neglectful ex, I wanted someone to tell me I was good enough.
Then, I stumbled into a new job with a boss who brings me to my knees—literally. He has me do things a real secretary would never do.
Emerson Grant tells me I’m more than just good enough.
I’m worthy of his praise.
There are a million reasons why I should stay away. The owner of the Salacious Players’ Club is not just my new boss, he’s twice my age.
And my ex-boyfriend’s father.
With him, I am treasured. I am adored. I am his.
I’m a good girl, but I’m falling for the wrong man.
Emerson Grant knows what he wants—
And he wants me.
So how far will I go to hear his approval?
Genre: Romance, ARC
Nº of pages: 341
Is it on KU?: Yes!!!!!
Subgenres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Age Gap Romance, Boss/Employee, Ex boyfriend’s dad!!!!
Smut factor: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 5/5 (Sierra Simone level)
Spice scale: 3/5 🌶️🌶️🌶️
POP (Put Out Percentage): 35%
TRIGGER WARNINGS (Based on StoryGraphs): Abandonment, Sexual Content, Transphobia
Main characters: Charlie, Charlotte, Emerson
Main conflict: Ex boyfriend’s dad, boss, age gap, taboo BDSM business.
Heroine: The Mystic
Mood: Delicious, Fun
Plot or character-driven: Character Driven
P.O.V.: Double P.O.V.
Character development: Deep
Diverse Cast: Secondary characters
Read in: 2022
My Rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
Not the best writing ever (not the worst either) but the story is so amazing and so funny, it makes up!
I did miss a bit of deeper character development and a bit of a less dramatic end, but overall I loved this book!
Super funny and it paints an overall accurate picture of the kink community.
One thing I hate is that the next books in the series are not out yet. I NEED THEM! Like right now!
Equality rate: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
One thing that bugs me and I believe misrepresents the BDSM community is: Emerson is a Dom, and he just starts behaving dominantly towards Charlie, before they are in any kind of relationship, outside of work. You would think is okay, BUT BDSM is all about CONSENT. You don’t treat someone as your sub unless you have a conversation and a negotiation about each other’s dos and don’t s, where you establish how your relationship is going to work, and then you have consent and safe words and all types of protection. Safewords are not only for s*xual activity, and you need to be careful about any type of interaction, emotional or physical (for example, some people get triggered by brating, someone as a submissive needs to have the Dom’s consent before doing such thing and that works the same way with the Dom).
You cannot just start bossing random people around you without their consent. If you do that, you’re not being kinky, you’re just being abusive.
So what bugs me here is, he starts telling her what to do, who to talk to, how to dress, sometimes even being rude and making her uncomfortable or hurt emotionally, without ever having a conversation or her consent about getting into any type of Dom/sub dynamic, which is one of the most important parts of BDSM.
Just because you believe someone to want something, it doesn’t mean you can just start doing it to them. If I believe that my friend is hungry I can’t just start shoveling food down their throat without their permission, and that is the same about ANY type of interaction, emotional, physical, romantic, or platonic.
Now, this didn’t ruin the book for me, but it did raise a small red flag.
Also, sexual harassment and dangerous power dynamic, because she is his employee. This constitutes a power dynamic that can be very dangerous, even if it doesn’t play out this way in the book, I’ll always talk about this when we have a boss/employee kind of relationship
There are parts in the book where you see the very deep knowledge about BDSM the author has, and I loved those moments. I also missed a very hot, very kinky, and smutty book, and this was just perfect for me!
I also loved the diverse secondary characters and overall the whole story.
All information I know about consent, negotiations, and BDSM, in general, is sourced from Pink Kink Podcast, an amazing and very interesting podcast about BDSM and Kink.
Adjectives and general thoughts: Delicious, bold, great BDSM rep, did I say delicious?
Recommend this to Anyone who enjoys reading about sexual liberty, anyone who likes BDSM and delicious, delicious books.
Well, that is all for today, I hope you like this post, hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Feel free to leave your opinion about it in the comments and I will see you next time!
Bye sassy people!
- I know that some comments I make about decent guys on my posts are the bare minimum a guy should do, so no, they don’t deserve to be treated like gods for doing the minimum, but at the same time, I’ve read a lot of sexist books and I appreciate authors who make characters that can serve as role models and examples of how a decent guy acts and what a loving and respectful relationship looks like. I believe we should always encourage these authors and bring attention to the ones that still write sexist characters and stories.
- I make a lot of comments about sexism and healthy role models in books, but a lot of times these characteristics don’t make the book a bad book and definitely don’t make the author a bad author. Please never shame these authors and these books for these comments, I simply feel that we need to have awareness of the less than ideal situations some books bring us, and not use the romanticized problem as examples of what a relationship should be. Most of these authors are still amazing, and the content they write doesn’t reflect directly with their personal views and opinions. Always make sure to respect and be kind to everyone, even while criticizing their content.
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