Monday, November 4, 2013

Red Phoenix: Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission Review

Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission: After Graduation by Red Phoenix

Synopsis: On the night of graduation, Brie Bennett offered her collar to the man who’d
won her devotion during her time at the Submissive Training Center.
The intimate encounters Brie enjoys with her new Master are hot and deliciously challenging. On the flipside, despite her newly acquired skills, she discovers that being a sub also requires maturity, intelligence and willing sacrifice.
Her Master has a tragic past that he has kept hidden. She is unaware that someone is waiting in the wings, plotting to return and rip his world apart. Brie has troubles of her own, including an obsessive Dom who won’t let her go, parents who refuse to accept her new lifestyle, and a film that is struggling to see the light of day.
Brie’s journey with her Master brings both sweet ecstasy and unbearable pain. Friendships deepen and love grows, even as her life begins to crumble around her. To survive, Brie will need the strength of a love that binds her securely—heart and soul.
Amy's Review: I was wowed again by the connection between Brie and Sir. Even though they had a D/S relationship the love was clear to all. Through all her training Sir remained in her heart from the start. This story shows their ever growing journey as a couple in the D/S world. Their love grows to no bounds. Even though Brie is there to please Sir, he enjoys pleasing her also. Pushing her to complete her documentary which was her dream goal. A true Dominant. You could feel the love and the sexiness throughout the book from both Brie and Sir. Even when others were brought in.
I also felt the connection between Brie and Tono, that was a strong connection but not as strong as her connection to Sir. She truly loved Tono but in their own way, as her heart only belonged to one Dom. One thing that I really loved was the 'Branding' that made me smile- what Sir did for Brie. Lea should really get her own novella, that girl is crazy 'no joke'. Brie and Lea's sisterhood was amazing and loyal. Anyone who reads Brie and Sir's story will be truly amazed by their deep connection. Body, mind and soul.

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His POV (Day 2) 

 Marquis shook his head, but turned to leave. Against his better judgment, Thane stopped him. “Don’t let her settle, Gray. Better for her not to be collared tonight, than to partner with the wrong man.” “This I know, Headmaster Davis,” Marquis remarked with irritation. “I have striven to keep her focused on that very fact. You, on the other hand, have gone out of your way to confuse her with your actions throughout her six-week training.” Thane was in no mood for his reprimand. He spotted Samantha in the crowd and headed towards her without acknowledging Marquis’ last remark. After relaying his message, Thane glanced in Brie’s direction. Even with the distance between them, he could tell Marquis was having a hard time convincing her to pick a Dom. Brie’s shock over what had transpired with Nosaka’s father must be clouding her ability to think clearly. Was Brie so blinded by the old man’s rejection she was unaware there were at least a half a dozen qualified Doms willing to step in and take Nosaka’s place? Apparently… Instead of interviewing someone new, she invited Wallace to join her. “Don’t let your arrogance get in the way, boy,” Thane muttered under his breath. Racheal, his assistant who was standing nearby, thought he was speaking to her. “I beg your pardon, Headmaster Davis?” He smiled charmingly, covering himself. “Did you hear back from Rytsar Durov?” “Yes. He’ll will be arriving late and leaving early tomorrow, but he assured me that he will make it before the collaring ceremony begins.” Thane was grateful to hear it. A night spent with the Russian and his special brand of vodka was exactly what the doctor ordered. The oppressive weight he felt lightened. “Very well.” Circulating through the commons and catching up with old friends was not enough. Knowing the boy was making his pitch for Brie’s collar was proving too much of a distraction. Even though he had trained Wallace and knew he had the talent to challenge her properly, he was not convinced the young pup would satisfy Brie. In fact, he was afraid that if she chose Wallace, Thane might be forced—for the first time in the school’s history—to protest a collaring. What a scandal that would cause. Don’t get involved, he reprimanded himself. Keep silent. When the first interviews ended, he turned his back on Brie so that he wouldn’t have to see her expression as she emerged from the room with Wallace. He didn’t want to know how it had gone between them. Thane engaged a group of new submissives in the community. Normally, he would be mentally assessing which ones would benefit from the program, but tonight he was content with simply entertaining them. He glanced in Mary’s direction and was surprised to see Wallace entering her room for the second interview session. Now that is an interesting pairing, he thought to himself.

 Thane was further surprised when he saw Marquis and his sub Celestia join Brie for her interview. Trainers were not allowed to consort with students during the interviewing process. What was Marquis thinking? Thane was about to intervene when he saw Celestia leave the room to retrieve Marquis’s flogger. It was then that he understood the level of pain Brie must be suffering. He felt a pull to go to her and comfort Brie, but resisted the urge. Marquis was handling the situation, and Thane was confident he would help Brie regain her balance. He was correct. When the second interview session ended, Brie emerged from the room positively glowing with submissive confidence. And then she smiled… Thane was captivated by that smile until he realized it was for Nosaka. The Asian Dom had returned to claim her. He closed his eyes and let out a tortured sigh. This is good, he reminded himself. Thane endured the next hour knowing the moment he had been dreading was rapidly approaching. However, he trusted that once Nosaka placed the collar around her neck, the unfamiliar stirrings she caused would cease. Thane respected the sanctity of the collar. “Radost moya!” Thane turned to see his best friend hoisting Brie into the air. He watched their playful exchange with mixed emotions. She was good for Rytsar. It seemed unfair that neither he nor the Russian would enjoy Brie’s unique light after tonight. Durov motioned Thane over. He hesitated, not wanting the exchange, but needing it at the same time. It would be his final interaction with Brie before the collaring. I can do this… As he walked up to them, Thane noticed Durov’s eyes were locked on Ms. Clark, who seemed to be slowly making her way over to him. The Russian gave Thane an overly hard slap on the back. “I cannot stay, moy droog. However, I wanted to congratulate you on training such a rare beauty. If she could handle Russian winters I would claim her for my own.” Thane chuckled, unable to imagine Brie with the sadist. He was genuinely glad to have his best friend here as moral support. Only the Russian knew his true feelings for Brie.

 Durov understood him on a personal level no one else did. They’d been through a lot together… “Drag your sorry zhopa out of this school for a couple of weeks and join me in Russia. I promise to show you a grandiose time.” Thane scoffed at the suggestion. “Yes, well, some of us have to work for a living.” Durov growled loudly in disgust. “Peasant.” He answered with equal disgust, “Aristocrat.” His Russian friend roared with laughter, smacking him hard again. “Come join me later tonight. You know where.” Durov turned his attention back to Brie, gently taking her hand and kissing the palm. “Choose wisely, radost moya.” Thane knew what he meant by that simple comment, but did Brie? He returned his friend’s slap on the back as a silent warning when he realized Ms. Clark was approaching with a look of determination. The Russian took the hint and signaled his entourage to leave with him. Thane escorted them out, not wanting an incident to taint an already difficult evening. “Don’t let her go, moy droog,” Durov said as they walked together. Thane growled. “We’ve already been through this, Durov. As Headmaster, I’m not allowed to partner with a student. Besides, you know my past. I’m defective.” His friend gave him a wide grin. “I am too, but should that mean we accept a lesser life?” “Yes. Responsible men do not burden others with their emotional baggage.” “Ah, but I disagree! If you insist on playing the idiot, maybe I should go back and claim her for myself.” He glanced at Brie with a lustful stare, looking as if he meant do it. Thane put his hand on Durov’s shoulder and squeezed hard enough to bruise. “Don’t you dare go near her.” “Hah! Your protective nature says a lot about your feelings, moy droog. Do not be a fool. You are in control of this situation, take what is yours.” “You are the fool, my friend. Just because something is offered, does not mean one should claim it.” Durov put his hand on Thane’s opposite shoulder and looked him in the eye. “I will think less of you if she is not wearing your collar by the end of the night.” Thane chuckled as he brushed the Russian’s hand from him. “Regardless of what you think, I will be over tonight to drink you under the table.” “That I would like to see!” The Russian looked at his entourage with impish glee while pointing at Thane. “You hear that cocky talk? Leave it to an American to think he can outdrink a Russian born and raised in the motherland.” The group of large men laughed at Thane’s expense, but he didn’t mind. Outdrinking them all would make for an interesting evening.

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