After too many failed relationships, Gen has settled into a quiet, acceptable life as a middle-aged single woman. But then she meets Mistress Lyda and her sexy male sub Noah, and the two of them give her a different view of “acceptable”—as well as a renewed longing for the type of love and romance she thought had passed her by.
Gen has been Marguerite Winterman’s employee at Tea Leaves for some time, and has a close relationship with the reserved, intimidating woman. It isn’t until Mistress Lyda steps into her life that Gen understands why she’s always felt safe under Marguerite’s direction. And with the intriguing Noah guiding her in the world of Domination/submission, Gen’s about to discover a new way to love—and live.
this is the final book, for now, in this series and I wonder will there be more! i do hpe so, i really do!
Gen finds herself, content, for want of a better word, with how her life is. Until, that is, she finds herself in the radar of Lyda, MISTRESS Lyda and her sub, Noah. I think we met Noah before, somewhere along the line, but cant quite place in which book. Noah is truely submissive is all he does, says and thinks and has been abused in the past because of that, Mistress Lydaknows whats best for Noah, and Lyda knows that Gen would be really good for him, and for herself too. As the relationship finds its feet, and the three get closer, Gen becomes more confident in who she is, that is, neither totally submissive nor totally Dominant. She does, however, defer to Lyda, and Noah inturn, defers to Gen.
I particurarly liked the way that Lyda herself finds herself. WHile its written entirely from Gen's point of view, you get a picture of Lyda through Gen, and you see Lyda open herself to Gen and Noah. The bit at the end, at the evening at Marguerite's, thats the best bit. THAT shows how much Lyda truely, TRUELY loves her pets.
i gave it four stars because we only hear from Gen. I would like to have heard from Noah and Lyda too.
Of all the series that Joey W Hill writes, the Nature of Desire sequence which follows the fortunes of a loosely interlinked group of men and women, engaged in a variety of Dominant and submissive relationships, is my personal favourite.
Literate, emotionally intense, these books place Ms Hill several steps up from her many imitators. Divine Solace explores a triad of F/f/m not usually touched on in books of this genre. Dominant Lyda, submissive Gen and fragile and emotionally damaged Noah, have all played small parts in previous novels by this author. It's an intense and emotionally satisfying read but there is one drawback and the reason I've awarded 4 stars, too much sex! This may seem like a strange criticism of an erotic romance but I suspect that Ms Hill's publisher has been putting pressure on her to increase the sex scenes. Previous titles in the series were more plot driven and although highly erotic, sex wasn't substituted for narrative.