Once a submissive, always a submissive, right? Maybe she needs a little reminder.
Frankie Hamilton is stunned when her husband, Jake, gives her an ultimatum—either she goes with him to a country hotel for the weekend or he’ll leave her. In an attempt to save her troubled marriage she agrees to go.
But Dominion is no ordinary hotel. During the week it’s an upmarket conference center, but at weekends it becomes an exclusive BDSM hotel. This particular weekend it’s Vanilla Spice, where those new or returning to BDSM can explore their fantasies in a safe and decadent environment.
When Jake asks her to submit one more time, Frankie is initially outraged. After all, it’s been two years since their D/s dynamic ended and she’s no longer a submissive. Is she? She still loves Jake and doesn’t want to lose him so she agrees, even if it’s just to prove that she’s now as vanilla as the ice cream in their freezer.
But Frankie is soon reminded of how delicious it feels to kneel at her Master’s feet. Her fondness for punishment and a good spanking leaves her begging for more. And when their old friend and owner of Dominion, Marco Alessi, offers to use her as the subject for a rope demo she’s finally forced to face up to her kinky needs.
But that’s not the only thing she has to come to terms with. Beneath her tough exterior lies a grief that has been buried for two years. As her submission starts to melt the icy core inside her heart, it sets off a chain of events and emotions that could either make her marriage stronger than ever or completely destroy it.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal sex, mild breathplay and public humiliation. There are MFM scenes and references to FF intimacy.
Someone asked me recently what inspired me to write my latest book, Dominion, The Ultimatum and I had to give it some serious thought. It’s funny, once a hint of a thought takes hold it seems to develop a life of its own and, after a while, it can become hard to remember what the original idea had been.
Thinking back, it started with me making a comment to a friend. We were discussing clubs, BDSM clubs to be specific, and the problems with getting back home at four o’clock in the morning. I thought that it would be a great idea if someone opened a BDSM themed hotel so that people could go straight from the dungeon to their bedroom without the worries of night busses or taxis. Well, in typical Katy fashion, I began to imagine what a hotel like that might actually be like and it quickly grew in my imagination from a modest inner city motel into a luxury English country house hotel.
A hotel like that would have to be owned and run by a powerful, formidable and very hot Dom. And so Marco Alessi was created – ex rock star, scary as hell but with a good heart, he’s a real rough diamond. The hotel, Dominion, would be the central feature around which a series of stories would be set and Marco would appear in each, eventually getting his own story. I must admit that I had so much fun creating Marco that I did fall a little bit in love with him.
The idea for the first story in the series came so naturally that I didn’t need to plan it for very long. I knew what the characters would be like straight away and the story just seemed to write itself.
The Ultimatum is more intense than the Boundaries books. The characters are older and have experienced things that, in real life, can often destroy people. I explore the needs of a strong woman who has rejected the BDSM lifestyle in the belief that she’s too successful now to submit and the desperation of her husband who will do anything to save his marriage. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that and I did worry for a while if I had bitten off more than I could chew.
Frankie and Jake, the lead characters, had experienced something truly awful that I’m very thankful I haven’t had to go through myself. I really wanted to do them and their story justice and so I threw myself into Frankie’s character. I felt that the only way I could portray her grief, apart from the obvious research, was to put myself into her shoes and imagine that it had happened to me. There were times when I felt so emotional as I wrote that I actually cried. I felt her anger, her grief and her pain.
At the beginning of the story, when Jake delivers his ultimatum, Frankie no longer believes that she’s submissive, but, in an attempt at reconciliation, she agrees to submit one more time. Jake hopes that in doing so, she’ll start to let go of her anger and let him into her heart again. But they had both underestimated the power of Dominance and submission. The D/s initially brings them closer, but gradually, as their guards come down, it starts to uncover feelings that have been deeply buried for a long time. It eventually triggers a chain of events that could either tear them apart forever or bring them back stronger then ever.
I really do believe that D/s has the power to heal. I think that a D/s dynamic is a beautiful thing and that is what I have tried to portray in this book. Obviously love plays a huge part, but the trust and honesty that is crucial in such a relationship is also massively important. Mix that together with the pleasure of a true submissive kneeling at her Master’s feet as she waits to be spanked and you begin to understand the power of such an incredible dynamic.
About the Author & Links:
Katy Swann is in her forties and lives near London, UK with her husband, three children and two cats.
When she isn’t writing about strict, sexy Doms putting their strong-willed subs in their place, she likes to read about them. As well as writing, Katy spends her time trying to avoid the housework, keeping the kids from killing each other and drinking copious cups of coffee in the local coffee shop. Coffee and chocolate are the two things that keep her sane and focused, so they’re often close by when she sits down to write.