I have to admit, when I was invited to join the Indie Chick Lit Book Tour crew I was quite pleased. Then I saw that their first tour was for How to Train your Vampire I was tickled pink. I had seen the cover of the book on Goodreads and on blogs, but I hadn’t read it yet. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the book, here’s the synopsis:
Cerise Norrel, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the time she’s home from school.
Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to vanilla relationships, or be alone forever–she meets William, who wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with canned goods.
But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise discovers she’s become domme to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s known throughout BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a hard body.
And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and learn to be vulnerable.
Just the idea of the story had me giggling. A female dom and a vampire. I love it when authors have fun with a story and write the story that they want to, not a story to win awards. I’m not saying this can’t win awards, I’m just saying the author isn’t striving for more than just telling a story. For me, that’s what authors should do: tell stories. Let agents, publishers, and others worry about the details.
William, the submissive who is also a vampire, is not your typical vampire. Not that I’ve met any in life, at least I don’t think I have. But he isn’t the dominant vampire that seems so popular in books and movies at the moment. Instead, William is sensitive and doesn’t want to dominate others with his strength and abilities.
Cerise is an interesting character. She’s strong, stubborn, and also sensitive. At first, it’s hard to like her since she doesn’t offer a lot of herself to others. Then when you read more about her and learn about her past, it’s easier to see why she is the way she is.
The best part of the novel is Vaughn’s humor. She tells the story from Cerise’s and William’s point of view. Her cheeky humor sheds insight into the BDSM world, but not in a mocking way.
While Vaughn is an excellent storyteller, I do wish she built up the story a bit more, especially when it came to Cerise’s ex who ends up playing a pivotal role in the end and it almost comes out of the blue. This doesn’t diminish what Vaughn has accomplished. This novel has sex scenes, lots of them. But it isn’t just about sex. There’s a story throughout and I think many readers will be surprised by her abilities to pull them in and to make them care about what happens.
About the Author:
Mina Vaughn is an international woman of mystery and a shoe whore with a heart of gold. When she’s not writing her unique brand of silly smut, she’s plundering Sephora for any pin up girl makeup she can find. Mina’s debut novel, an erotic comedy entitled How to Discipline Your Vampire is about a punishment-seeking vampire who meets a quirky Domme with a serious role play fetish, published in 2013 from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star.