Monday, 24 August 2009

Review – A Strong Hand – Catt Ford


Title: A Strong Hand

Author: Catt Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Main Characters: Nicholas Sayers & Damian Wolfe

Nicholas Sayers, needing money for college, takes a job as assistant to infamous photographer Damian Wolfe. It's just taking pictures, right? Wrong. While Nick has never questioned what kind of man he is or what he truly wants in life, working for Damian during a BDSM photo shoot opens his eyes to all sorts of sexual possibilities, and many of them include the handsome Mr. Wolfe. Damian has serious doubts about getting involved with a younger man who knows nothing about the BDSM lifestyle, but Nick's adventurous and humorous approach to new experiences is far too alluring to resist. Although he knows it might be a mistake, Damian takes Nick into his life. Flirting on the edges of control, submission, and pain excites Nick more than he would have ever dreamed possible. With Damian, Nick learns about his own deeply hidden desires and finds out that relinquishing control doesn’t make him weak—having someone else in control of his sexual pleasure simply heightens it. And the reverse is true for Damian: Control turns him on. So they set out to explore these sensual boundaries together, neither expecting to find love along the way.



World renown photographer Damian Wolfe is on a job as a favour and at this point he’s actually wondering why the hell he is even there. Not that the catalogue he’s doing the shot for isn’t something to be appreciated – but with a very eager friend looking over his shoulder to top that off he has an accident prone assistant – he’s now making use of all the patience he’s built up over the years.

Nicholas Sayers is the accident prone assistant in question – working his way through school, he takes a job to help with the layout and some manual job for the photographer, at not time did he question what or who was being photographed. Seeing the tools of the BDSM trade so to speak up close and personal brings out Nick’s exploratory nature, which is not a bad thing but it lures Damian in as nothing else could  - because Nick was also an accident waiting to happen he needs to be taken into hand and Damien as reluctant as he is has the strongest hand that Nick needs.

What a rush this book was, not only was I reintroduced to Ms. Ford’s voice but this was a book that I really enjoyed. The protags were the book  – irrespective of what other brilliance this book had to offer, Damien with his lone wolf approach to life and his reluctant mannerism was a class act, Nick was sweet – literally candy, innocent to so much more than his natural instinct – he however cannot resist what he was born for even if he knew not what he was about to get into.

The plot was a wonderful event – because this is how it felt. There was fear, there was naivety, there was reliance as well as good old smut. The emotional aspect of this book is wrapped tightly around the smut bit of this book. Damien is having to face some home truths and as much as he eventually mans up to what will eventually be his responsibility, it’s refreshing to see his self doubt, his crushing fear of doing the wrong thing and his elation at knowing that he has made the most important person in his life shine.

For readers new to the whole BDSM scene this is the book for you. I was impressed with how Ms. Ford handled Nick’s character as well as the side cast that just by there action made both positive and negative impression on a fresh face Nick. Nick is the star of this show however and I was with him every step of the way – at no point did I think he could not  handle anything dished out to him or put in any uncomfortable situation  - I thought the introduction to the scenes were quite tastefully done.

There was a good balance with quite a bit of the book, As much as the book concentrated on the softer element of the lifestyle – there was a really eye opening scene that I felt was well placed and well time. The personalities also were well placed and they provided the sometime hilarious angst that gave the book a more rounded feel.

For fans of Ms. Ford work – not to be missed, seriously. New reader Ms. Ford is a voice you will be adding to your list.


4 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 24 August 2009 at 18:03 said...

Wow, naked butt, very nice cover, but not something I would read in public ;)

Nice review EH, I do like a book with a good plot

Roni Loren on 24 August 2009 at 19:39 said...

Covers like that make me happy I own a Kindle, lol. Great review, may have to check it out.

Erotic Horizon on 24 August 2009 at 19:44 said...


Not a cover for the over the shoulders viewer - I can see that...

But so pretty to look at..(LOL)


Erotic Horizon on 24 August 2009 at 19:45 said...

@ FictionGroupie

I knew there was some advantage to that thing - glad you found it - A mouth watering cover..