I have to start off by saying Knots left me conflicted. From the BDSM side of things I think it’s a very accurate depiction of a Dom/Sub relationship. It walks you through a woman experiencing the lifestyle for the first time, beautifully. In that aspect, Jeanie was well written. I could truly feel her growth, confusion about her desires, and relief when she found the place to belong she’d been searching for all along. I wanted to like her, but I could never fully get over the impression I got when we first meet her at her husband’s funeral. There was a cold, irrational, almost unstable quality about her she continued to carry throughout the book. It didn’t sit right with me, and I wanted to drag her to counseling. While I really saw the growth in her sexual lifestyle I craved a deeper understanding, and a look under the surface at the twenty-seven year old woman.
Mark , her deceased husband’s best friend’s obsession with , Jeanie was hard to accept at times. The longing over the years and falling in love from a distance was a bit hard to swallow and made me squirm. Her husband was barley in the ground and he pounced. I think for me, that delivered a blow I couldn’t get over. The intimacy between them is hot and not for the faint of heart. They explore many types of play, and the growing pains that come with being new to the lifestyle. Though I believe it’s always handled with great care, and responsibility.
This is a very intriguing story with a heat factor off the rector scales, and unique pops of culture, and personal obstacles. I’d recommend it for someone looking to step outside of the box but if you’re looking for a high romance and sweetness factor you may want to pass.