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Opal Carew: Mastered by the Hero (Contest)
Monday, April 20th, 2015


I love reading and writing BDSM stories.  I find a sexy alpha male taking control in the bedroom to be hot, hot, hot and I find this kind of relationship working its way into most of my stories in one way or another!  Sometimes the heroine is even pushing the hero to step up and take control when he is trying to resist his dominant urges.  🙂

Mostly, I explore the Dom/sub relationship, where one character gives up control to another.  What I’m interested in exploring is the exchange of power between the characters.  On the surface, it seems that the submissive is giving up control to the Dominant, but during the course of the story, the sub discovers her own power in the relationship.

Usually in my stories, this giving up control is a new thing for the heroine, so I take my readers through the journey of discovery with her, because the heroine is experiencing these things for the first time.  In the process, she discovers something important about herself.

When I started exploring this aspect of sexuality in my writing, I wondered, given how long and hard we’ve worked for equality between the sexes, why a woman would give over control to a man.  Generally, women have a natural attraction to strong, dominant men.  This makes sense in a primitive setting where we want someone strong, skilled, and confident to go out and hunt for food, to protect us and the family.  Things may have changed, and we can take care of ourselves, but that primitive instinct is still there.  In fact, in our current society, where women have a great deal of power, sometimes in the bedroom, giving control over to someone else—someone we trust—is exactly what we want.  The key is that it’s a choice.

As an author, I need to understand what purpose these elements play in the character growth and in the story.  Is it just a fun element being added to a sex scene or two to make for more interesting sex, or is it fundamental to the story being told?  In my stories, I use the D/s relationship to push the characters’ issues and cause them to grow, so these elements are fundamental to the story and the character growth.

I want to point out that in this exchange of power, it looks like the Dominant has all the power, but in fact, he is responsible for satisfying both their needs, so he must know his partner very well, and be able to read how she is reacting to what they’re playing out. He must be constantly alert and aware of her needs and desires.  How sexy is that!  🙂  Also, the sub has the power to end what is going on at any time.

Here are some examples of how I use D/s in my stories:

His To Command – by giving up control to Matt, both physically and emotionally, Kate learns to give up control in her life so she can take risks (i.e. not play it too safe) and stop limiting herself.

His To Claim – Rafe Ranier is the younger of two billionaire brothers, but Rafe was abused by his father because he didn’t feel Rafe was good enough.  Rafe feels the desire to dominate Melanie in the bedroom, and she wants him to, but he resists, struggling with his fear that he will be abusive, just like his father was.

Riding Steele – in this book, I explored the negative aspect of D/s as well as the positive.  At the beginning of the book, Laurie is in a relationship with a billionaire Dominant, but I turn it around from the usual sexy rich Dom by having this be an abusive relationship.  She tries to break it off with him and things turn violent, and she’s rescued by a tattooed biker.  She then finds herself under the protection of Steele, the leader of the biker gang.  She is now extremely distrustful of dominant men, and she believes this biker is a dangerous man.  When she finds herself falling in love with him, and longing to be dominated by him, it becomes clear that in order to find her happily-ever-after, she needs to come to terms with her desire to give over control to someone, realize it’s not a weakness, and overcome her issues about trust.

In my stories, I typically have the hero (or several heroes) as the dominant, but occasionally I like a female Domme.  What about you?  Do you enjoy a female Domme, or do you prefer the hero to be in control?  Everyone who comments will be entered in a draw to win a copy of “The Office Slave series, Book 1 & 2” collection.


Played by the Master

(available exclusively in the Mastered 2 boxed set)

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Opal’s new story, Played by the Master,  is initially being released as part of the Mastered 2 boxed set coming out tomorrow (April 21).

Jacqueline Bell desperately wants to help her sister out of a jam.  But to do that, she has to find a way to talk to billionaire entrepreneur Race Danner, and have him drop the charges against her brother-in-law.  She discovers he holds an exclusive poker game once a week and finds a way in.

Race Danner is bored with his life, despite his wealth and extreme hobbies.  He doesn’t know exactly what he’s looking for, but he’ll know it when he sees it.

When Jacqueline Bell walks into his life, he knows she’s it.  She wants something from him.  And he wants her.  A combination made in heaven.  In a delicious game of cat and mouse, he will leverage his advantage to lure her into his game.  And he fully intends to win.

Warning:  This story has Domination, submission, bondage, punishment, and a lot of other fun things, plus explicit, wild sexual encounters.  After all, if you’re going to play, play hard!  😉


He smiled and at the predatory look in his eyes, Jacquie realized he was going to win.  The blood drained from her face as he flipped over his cards… revealing a full house.

Oh, God, she’d lost her opportunity to try and convince him to help her brother.

“Come over here.”  His silken voice curled through her and she stood up.

Now he would touch her… probably cup her ass with his big hand.  Maybe, if she seemed willing…who was she kidding, she was willing… to succumb to his touch, then maybe he would listen to her after all.

Shock vaulted through her at her own illicit thoughts.  She wasn’t going to sleep with him to help her brother.

No, just strip down to practically nothing.  Then let him touch her.

Did she really know where her boundaries were?

He watched as she walked around the long table, then approached him, his gaze locked on the swell of her breasts above the lace cups.  Her nipples puckered at the thought of him stroking her there.

He pushed his chair back from the table and turned sideways as she continued toward him.  His intense male gaze sent heat shimmering through her.

Finally, she stood facing him.

He lifted his hand, and as it approached her, she calmed her breathing, readying herself for his touch.  It would only be a moment.

But she wasn’t prepared for the spark of desire that flared through her when his fingertips brushed against her skin, just above her elbow.  Then his fingers moved.  Upward.  Trailing lightly over her shoulder, then down.  She drew in a slow breath as he glided over the soft exposed skin of her breast, right to the lace of her bra.  His fingertip grazed lightly under the scalloped edges, but not breaching the barrier of the satin cup.

Clearly, he liked to push boundaries.

And she was close to pulling back that boundary, by tugging forward the cup and inviting him to explore further.  The thought of his big fingers gliding over her hard nipple sent her pulse fluttering.

Her own potent reaction to him startled her and she stepped back.

“I… uh… we’re done now.”

He arched an eyebrow.  “I don’t think so.”

“You said a touch,” she stammered.

“And you didn’t say how long.  I’m not finished.”

“Well, I—”

“Come here,” he said, his authoritative tone brooking no argument.

She stepped close again, shocking herself at her own submissiveness.

“So I just have to stand here for as long as you want to touch me?”

He gazed at her, his blue eyes twinkling.  “Yes.”

His fingers brushed her ribs this time, below her breast, then glided slowly downward, leaving a trail of goose bumps in their wake.  She tried to ignore the heady sensations fluttering through her.

“But you could go on for hours.”

He grinned.  “Yes.”

Oh, God, if he did this for even ten more minutes, she’d be a puddle on the ground.

Mastered 2: Ten Tales of Sensual Surrender

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Played by the Master

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9 comments to “Opal Carew: Mastered by the Hero (Contest)”

  1. Lynne Rivet
    · April 20th, 2015 at 12:34 pm · Link

    Hi! Personally I love alpha male Doms! Everything about them are a turn on.

  2. Toni Whitmire
    · April 20th, 2015 at 2:06 pm · Link

    I am an equal opportunity dom

  3. Avery Aster
    · April 20th, 2015 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Love it, Opal! 😉

  4. Linda
    · April 20th, 2015 at 6:29 pm · Link

    I like when a story has a female Dom but not all the time!

  5. ButtonsMom2003
    · April 20th, 2015 at 9:04 pm · Link

    I guess I usually prefer the male Dom but don’t mind the occasional female Domme.

  6. Pansy Petal
    · April 20th, 2015 at 10:43 pm · Link

    Though I have read and enjoyed some of the Domme stories. I prefer an alpha male Dom. Thank you for asking.

  7. Saskia Walker
    · April 21st, 2015 at 1:58 am · Link

    I enjoy Domme stories too, but alpha Dom is always the fave 😉
    Awesome excerpt!

  8. Karen
    · April 21st, 2015 at 3:01 pm · Link

    Hi Opal,

    Male Dom all the way!

  9. Linda
    · April 22nd, 2015 at 8:58 pm · Link

    I prefer the man to be in charge =)
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Thursday!

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