Author: Cassandra Curtis
Publisher: Amber Quill
Buy Link: Buy Open Season Here!
Rating: You Want to Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
A submissive-in-training, Season knows the boundaries, but that doesn’t stop her from crossing them, or from falling in love with her master and wanting more. When the ban against life-mating between humans and Dragonkind is lifted, she jumps at the chance to enter the ritual hunt and claim her master as mate. Despite the dangers and risks, she knows their love is worth it, even if her masterful dragon doesn’t.
Quinn knew accepting the position as General of the Dragon Army came with risks and that his enemies would look for any weakness they could use against him. But he never realized how fast lust could turn to love, or desire to need.
When an old foe from the war notices Quinn’s growing attraction and deeper involvement with Season, Quinn is caught between two difficult choices—pretend indifference to the woman he’s grown to love, or enter the Solstice Hunt and risk everything to claim his human mate.
BDSM is, to grossly oversimplify it, and giant game of trust. One party is allowing the other to take them behind closed doors, tie them up, and do them harm, with the understanding that they will stop when asked and not murder you. So when this lifestyle is set juxtaposition to the beaten dead horse of “I am going to withhold vital information because I don’t trust you to understand, but mostly for the sole reason of advancing the plot,” is a little jarring.
This is a plot device I have never understood or appreciated. Having one character withhold information another character needs is just dumb. They never have a good reason for doing it, then acted shocked and angry when the other character goes off half cocked thinking they have all the answers. For example, Quinn knows Season wants to be his life mate, and that she has an opportunity to force his hand, and yet he does not sit her down and explain what the Hunt is and what is involved. He just gives her an order and assumes that is the end of it…directly after she dictates new terms for their relationship to him.
The sex is good, but only dabbles in the shallow end of BDSM with some spanking and light bondage, and would be good for someone looking for something that isn’t too racey.
Overall, the story is cute.