Title: The Keyholder
Author: Claire Thompson
Genre: BDSM Erotic Romance
Release Date: May 22, 2015
Eva Sandler’s dream job as a house submissive at Hawthorne Dungeon becomes a seven-week nightmare of intense captivity at the hands of a dangerous Master Keyholder. Though forced to submit to the cruel taskmaster’s every erotic whim, Eva’s inner spark of survival burns hot. She will escape, whatever the cost.
Long-time Dom Jack McQuade aches for a loving D/s connection like that shared by his friends, Nora and Charles. When Nora finds desperate clues left by someone held prisoner in Hawthorne Dungeon, it leads them all to a harrowing discovery and introduces Jack to Eva’s stunning courage and determination.
Jack and Eva’s possible D/s relationship should be perfect, but when Jack holds back because of Eva’s previous experience—fearing he’s pushing her too far, too fast—it will take every bit of Eva’s spirit to show the Dom that his sub is much stronger than he ever realized.
A powerful story of passion, betrayal, erotic submission, but most of all—love.
This story has two separate storylines going on at the same time, which will eventually intersect at the most opportune moment.
Jack McQuade. He is new to New York City and is planning to stay with his longtime friends, Charles and his wife/submissive Nora. Jack is involved in the BDSM scene and gets a tour of Hawthorne Dungeon, a traditional brownstone that housed multiple rooms and fantasies for those who are key holders like his friends Charles and Nora. Jack watches his friend Charles and his wife/sub Nora with awe—he longs to have the connection that they have with one another both emotionally and involving his BDSM lifestyle.
Eva Sanders. She just moved to New York City on her own with no family nearby. Answering an ad in the newspaper for a “sub for hire” at Hawthorne Dungeon, she had no idea where that road would lead. Kidnapped and help against her will by the sadistic and extreme master key holder of Hawthorne Dungeon, Phillip Duncan. Eva is tortured, beaten and starved during her captivity with little hope of escape.
A daring rescue turns Eva’s life around and give Jack the opportunity to get what he’s always wanted.
The story was good—it was soft in the right places, gave just enough of a peek into the scene to keep the reader’s interest. It would have been a 5-star for me if the characters of Jack and Eva were developed a bit more. Everything seemed a bit rushed in the end as though it was trying to tie up loose ends before the finale.
Claire has been writing for nearly two decades, and has published over 70 novels. She writes BDSM romance and non-con abduction tales, spanning both m/f and m/m genres. Claire’s love affair is with all things D/s (Dominance/submission). Her work began as a romantic exploration of the BDSM life style, and then veered to the darker side of fantasy. She is fascinated with the dark psyche of a twisted mind, and seeks insight into what might motivate such a person to do what they do. Rather than the all-evil villain and heroes as pure as the driven snow, Claire strives to develop real, complex and flawed human beings.
She seeks not only to tell a story, but to come to grips with, and ultimately exalt in the true beauty and spirituality of a loving exchange of power. Her darker works press the envelope of what is erotic and what can be a sometimes dangerous slide into the world of sadomasochism. Ultimately her work deals with the human condition, and our constant search for love and intensity of experience.