First off I have to admit it took me a while to read this book as I really, really did not like the protagonists of the piece. David Proctor - we meet in book one - is a creepy slime ball ... and Lady Tia - a spoilt brat compared to the elegant Miss Sarah.
Miss Sanders and Miss Sarah are 'loaned' out to The Retreat - somewhere in deepest darkest Scotland .... but things are not all as they should be. Full of twists and turns this story has Miss Sanders convinced she is not going back to The Fables as promised and after an erotically charged fairy tale party at The Retreat we find Miss Sanders having to take on a quest make her way back to England.....
I wish I could give half stars because this book does deserve more than 3, I really do enjoy Kay's writing, I just found this book hard going as I couldn't see a way out for our heroines! Looking forward to book 3!
We're all familiar with Fairy Tales . . . whether from distant memories of wonder and enchantment from our own childhood, or attempting to stimulate imagination and excitement in reading to our own children at bedtime.
But never . . . ever . . . could Hans Christian or the Grim Brothers have imagined such tales as those told between the covers of "The Retreat".
Regular visitors to my blog will remember that I've previously described authoress Kay Jaybee's first instalment in her trilogy of submission and dominance, "The Perfect Submissive", as "the most arousing and inspiring" book I've ever read. So I'd awaited this second instalment with huge anticipation . . . and expectation.
I'd wondered what the future held for Jess and what fearsome, and exciting, tasks she'd be asked to perform. Surely the imagination of her mistress had already reached the limit of all bounds of reasonable possibility?
But Kay Jaybee is clearly a woman apart . . . and the new scenarios and surroundings of a mysterious castle in the Scottish highlands seems the perfect setting to unleash yet more of her wild and wicked imagination.
My heroine Jess finds herself caught in a whirlwind of new masters and new submissive partners . . . and set a series of new tasks and new challenges at every twist and turn of the castles cold and unwelcoming corridors.
Just as with "The Perfect Submissive" each new chapter of "The Retreat" had me tingling with wonder and excitement (rather than enchantment in this instance) at Ms Jaybee's extremely vivid imagination.
The tension builds throughout towards Fairtasias climatic finale-ball . . . quite unlike those bedtime stories of times long gone by!!!
Without wishing to divulge too much of the plot and positions required, and enacted here, there are some arousingly descriptive moments which had my pulse racing to the sort of dangerous levels I've not experienced since reading . . . and re-reading . . . the pages of "TPS".
But, more than just simple lust and eroticism, Kay Jaybee's story has that unusual skill of engaging her characters somehow into ones pysche . . . I wanted to share each new challenge with Jess, worried for her strength of will, worried just how that final chapter would unravel. A Fairytale end to the ball . . . or will the wicked Witchtress prevail???
Following on from The Perfect Submissive, I couldn't wait to read The Retreat to see what might happen to Jess Sanders next! And I wasn't disappointed- I still can't get over the mirror scene...ummmm hot