My first read by Ms Bradley, this is yet another one of those short stories that, despite my usual resistance to anything short, I’ve liked—quite a bit, in fact. Be prepared, though, for it to be more a beginning than a full romance.
The usual warnings: Please be aware that Breaking Skye is a short erotic romance story with explicit sexual content and graphic language unsuitable for minors, as well as for adults who dislike such things as BDSM.
Here’s the blurb, from the author’s website:
Skye Ballard has always wanted to experience her fantasies of sexual submission. She craves to be commanded, taken over. She is convinced that all it will take to purge this yearning from her system is one night. Skye searches out the perfect Dominant for the job-it must be a man who is powerful, attractive, and naturally dominant. But when she meets Adam Dunne, she finds a man beyond her wildest dreams.
Adam convinces her one night will not be enough for what he sees as a process, rather than a single experience. Skye soon discovers that being with him only makes her crave more. And while he begins with the idea of training her to be the perfect submissive—for someone else—soon all he can think of is making her his, making her yield. All he can think of is breaking Skye—and keeping her for himself.
The beauty of this story lies in how much of it is contained to the present, to the moment. There is very little in the way of background or external information. It is all about these two people, how they interact with, and react to, each other, and how those reactions and feelings build up to something else, something more than either of them expected.
I have a few issues with the ease with which Sky agrees to basically put herself in Adam’s hands after one interview—it would seem, in the real world, more than a little unwise to blithely accept whatever a stranger may want to do with/to you. It works in the context of the story, even though I couldn’t completely suspend my disbelief on that instance.
Still, Breaking Skye is a beautiful glimpse into the beginning of a relationship—if not your run-of-the-mill kind of romance.
8 out of 10