Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Maestro's Butterfly by Rhonda Leigh Jones

Late last night, I finished reading The Maestro's Butterfly by Rhonda Leigh Jones for the VA-VA-VOOM Read-A-Thon I participated in from February 6-10, 2014.

The Maestro's Butterfly is the first novel I've ever read by Rhonda Leigh Jones. It is an erotica novel that is the first in the Maestro Trilogy. 

As a writer, I thought Rhonda Leigh Jones was good. She created a decent storyline filled with plenty of tension and intrigue.... And, of course, plenty of sex scenes for those that enjoy the erotica genre.

If you're a fan of vampire erotica novels... Along with novels that are filled with characters that fit into the dominant/submissive roles and take part in bondage, spankings and the like, then The Maestro's Butterfly may be the one for you.

Here is a quick plot overview of The Maestro's Butterfly from the Barnes & Noble website:
Miranda O'Connell has just made a dangerous bet with her mysterious, sexy music teacher that will change her life forever. She doesn't know Claudio du Fresne is a vampire who keeps human submissives as feeders and sex slaves, or that he is quick to punish with a sound spanking. Or that he has secretly brought his ruthless brother in on the bet. Victoire "Jack" du Fresne wants a piece of the action. He will help Claudio ensure the survival of his risqué stage show, if Claudio agrees to his terms. If Miranda decides to stay after 30 days, she becomes Claudio's property. If she decides to leave, she becomes Jack's. Those 30 days will open Miranda to a world of sexual possibility and dark desire, where fear and lust become one. If she can handle the intensity. Will she fall in love with the kinky vampire Maestro and submit to life as his feeder slave? Or will she escape the confines of his estate for the dashing, dangerous charms of his brother?

Personally, I found The Maestro's Butterfly too violent for my tastes to enjoy reading it. The use of violence or the threat of violence by the leading characters (mainly Claudio and Victoire) as a means of controlling submissives/sex slaves/feeders is not cool in my book... At one point in The Maestro's Butterfly, Miranda (the leading female character) talks of being raped! Not to mention other types of physical (spankings, use of whip or belt or the threat of it) or emotional violence were employed by the leading characters.

Yet, this dominant/submissive relationship between the leading characters (it is the men who are dominant over women in this novel) not only causes fear and obedience, but arousal as well. Some people may like this sort of thing, DEFINITELY not me.

I won't be reading another novel in the Maestro Trilogy. I'm simply not into violence towards women or the use of violence to cause fear/intimidation towards anyone.

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