To Serve is Divine by R.E. Hargrave ~Audiobook Review~


Catherine O’Chancey is a reserved, demure, and graceful submissive. All traits she trained hard to enhance when she discovered the world of Dominance and submission in college. In an attempt to start fresh after the unexpected death of her last Dom, Catherine moves to Dallas, TX to escape the shroud of darkness he left behind in her life. She has tried to fight the need that resides deep within her to submit, but finally has to admit she can’t for it is not a choice, but part of who she truly is. After months of mental preparation, she ventures back into the lifestyle by attending a coveted open-night event at Dungeons and Dreams, an exclusive BDSM club.
Is it fate or coincidence that Catherine garners the attention of one of the club’s board members who happens to be on the hunt for the perfect sub – a partner who enjoys receiving pain and pleasure as much as he enjoys doling it out?
Jayden Masterson is many things: a firm Dom, a shrewd businessman, and a gentleman. What he isn’t, is someone who partakes in relationships outside of contractual ones with his multiple, uncollared, regular submissives. While he likes rough sex, he is not an animal, and can find pleasure only if it is consensual. What his harem is missing is a pain slut; could there be one in his future?
Upon meeting Catherine, Jayden feels an instantaneous spark inside him that has him wanting to know not just her body, but her mind. He wants to unravel her mysteries and discover her secrets. Through pain can they find the pleasure they seek? Can part-time pain lovers find full-time fulfillment when it’s not in their contract?
***Contains explicit sexual content (including multiple partners and gender pairings) and mature situations which could be trigger-inducing for some readers. Not meant for underage readers.***

My Review

This is not the first time I have read To Serve is Divine, it is however the first time I listened to it. For those that have not read it I will include my original review of the book. The audio version adds a whole new level to the amount of love I have for this story. The narrator is fantastic and brings so much to the story with each inflection of her voice. Jayden takes on a sexy Texas draw that tingled my toes. Catherine’s Irish lilt is delightful. Every emotion plays out through her voice. Absolutely the best way to spend your time on a long drive. Now on to my review of the story itself.

Strong characters who are well written, complex and truthful to the BDSM lifestyle.

For those looking to understand the complexities of the BDSM lifestyle, pick up your copy of this book and the remaining trilogy. Jayden is a classic example of a true Dominant who understands what makes a submissive tick and how to give them what they crave. He is sexy, Alpha, compassionate, intelligent and secure in his persona to take on the task of being Catherine’s Dominant. Catherine’s need to submit is integral to who she is. Her need for pain is the same as her need for breathing. Neither are looking for love. They come together to mutually explore and fulfill each others needs. This book is detailed and highly sexual. The scenes and behavior are true to life and a great representation of the lifestyle. It isn’t just about the kinky sex, the feelings and emotions are just as important. Ms. Hargrave serves both on silver platters with hot the steamy sex as a side dish. This is a book that will make you squirm and just maybe want to kneel at your lovers feet even if only for a special treat.

Erin (Catherine) had spent the first six months researching clubs in her spare time whenever she could work up the nerve. The more time that passed, the more Erin came to realize she just couldn’t ignore the kinky side of herself any longer. She was scared out of her mind, yet knew she needed to get back into the lifestyle- craved it even. Anxiety became her constant companion, she wasn’t sleeping, ad she couldn’t focus at work. The few ties she’d attempted to pleasure herself had been failures. Anytime she would get close, visions of him flashed through her mind halting her progress. Yet she needed to serve- to submit. She was pretty sure it was in the chemical make-up of her brain to be a submissive.

The Dominant stood and freed the velvet box which contained the length of black pearls from his pocket. Attached near the clasp was a small charm engraved with a four-leaf clover for outer appearance while the back of the charm was etched with Jayden’s initials and a triskelion- the emblem of their lifestyle. “Catherine,” he said standing before her. “will you allow me to collar you?” There was nothing ritualistic about it, just straight to the point. Jayden wanted her; wanted to have a hand in her life full-time, even if they played just on the weekends. He was offering to be there when she was happy and when she was sick. Protection within the community would be provided by him. More than anything: he was stating that he wanted her. Catherine met his gaze and smiled before she slipped from the chair to take a proper position on her knees for the occasion. “Aye, Sir. To serve you will be divine.” she answered, and Jayden could tell her heart raced within her chest- much like his own.

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About the Author

International Best Selling Author R.E. Hargrave lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX where she prides herself on being a domestic engineer. Married to her high school sweetheart, together they are raising three children from elementary age to college age. She is an avid reader, a sometimes quilter and now, a writer. Other hobbies include gardening and a love of a music.

A native ‘mutt,’ Hargrave has lived in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Alabama, Texas, and California. She is fond of setting her stories on location in South Carolina and Texas, but its anybody’s guess as to what the genre will be!

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