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5.0 out of 5 stars The True Nature of a Domme, 22 Sep 2013
In her collection `Under Her Thumb' D L King has brought together a wonderful, eclectic array of short stories wherein she ventures to explore and disseminate the true nature of a Domme; females whose innate power emanate from within. As Midori informs us in her forward, these are not the cartoon caricatures as depicted by whip wielding, partially leather clad Dominatrices; usually very tightly corseted and wearing unfeasibly high, stiletto heeled boots; the cruel manifestation of many submissive male fantasies. For these women, it is not about the outward displays of dominion but much more about the loving and intimate transference of power; less about demanding devotion from grovelling underlings than the gracious acceptance of their volunteered worship, as a superior being. The care and consideration that they must unfailingly provide in order to earn the complete, unwavering trust of their selected submissive will usually involve intense levels of self-mastery and willpower that lesser beings, mere mortals or males, are simply unable to replicate.
In most of the stories the Domme has actually to exert herself, so that her sub can embrace the level of domination needed for them to experience the gratification for which they strive. Although, she knows that she has the option to simply sit back demanding to be given pleasure, she also understands that pleasure earned and anticipated, as well as when gratefully returned, is pleasure considerably increased.
Some of the stories like `Quiet', `Her Majesty's Plaything' and to an extent `Business Managing' show the tenderness of the Domme to her sub, displaying the depth of the love and affection that exists between them. Any punishment she may give to her sub is not really pain, but pleasure, the abiding love they share converts the one into the other.
In other stories, notably `Layover', `Suffer' and `La Secorcista' the deep love of the Domme to the sub may not be quite so obvious; but there are still signs of tenderness, the care a Domme must have for her sub in order to receive their absolute trust in return. The level of devotion required by the Domme has the prerequisite that the sub is able to place complete and unconditional trust in her; to know them entirely and their limits, maybe even to extending beyond those boundaries slightly, as in `Uncharted Territory'. But never, to disregard them entirely thinking only of her own self-gratification, which all too easily could result in serious harm to the submissive.
That the Domme must at all times remain in absolute control of the entire situation, anticipating and adapting to all eventualities, is abundantly apparent: with `In the Chill of her Displeasure' she quickly controls and harmonises a developing situation, to the complete satisfaction of all. Additionally, in `Subdar', she may use her experience and intuition to recognise nescient submissive appetites in a person, who, until her intrusion, was completely unaware of those inclinations. Gently coaxing these desires out of the hitherto oblivious submissive she allows both of them a glimpse of their own nirvana.
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Under Her Thumb by D. L. King (Paperback - 9 May 2013)
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