Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Making BDSM Work When It Might Not Want To

There are some books that scream to have BDSM added to them. Some just say, yes, there are BDSM elements to this. Then there are others that don't or not as much. The Phantom of the Opera is one of those stories that could either have a lot of sex and bondage or not as much.


I've take a bit of flack on this story because readers wanted more BDSM or they wanted me to change the ending. Now, IMHO, to ramp up the BDSM element meant changing the ending. But to be a Clandestine Classic, I couldn't change the ending. Nope. Has to be the way Leroux finished it.

Talk about a quandary. I didn't change the ending. If you get a copy of the original book, the ending is the same. But I did add lots of heat and some kink.

Now in Phantom there are times when kink worked. I added it. Grin. But there were times when it could've worked, but it rode the line between being sexy and not. I stuck with what I thought was sexy and where I thought it fit.

Then there is the confines of the times. Now we have things like bondage tape, and easy open handcuffs... oh, and zippers. Back then? Nope. They had cuffs, but not as easy open. No tape, but lots of ribbon. And lots of places to hide to have a hot moment. That's what I liked about Phantom. So many alcoves for passion and little places to have an aside with hinky-kinky.

What do you think? Should the kink go in even if it doesn't fit? Or just go with the flow of the story? Let me know. I'd love to hear your thoughts. :-)
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Have you ever read one of the classics and wondered was happened behind those doors, curtains, trees? Yeah, us too. As you've seen, we've brought you the stories with those thrilling bits included. Here's my addition to the line, The Phantom of the Opera.

Why the Phantom? Well, I've been asked a lot to change the ending. I won't give it away, but some aren't thrilled with who gets the girl. I liked the way the book worked out and I loved the idea making the story line sizzle. I also enjoyed the challenge of sticking with Gaston Leroux's plot line. He's got a complex story going on there, but there were so many little places where a little heat went a long way! Yes, working with the time period and language of the day wasn't always easy, but it helped me to appreciate the little things, like not having to wear so many layers of undergarments! Grin. Want a taste of the Phantom? Keep reading!

Here's the blurb:
The Classics Exposed…

A chance sighting at the Opera, fated love, and three lives in turmoil.


One man pledges to own her, while another wants her heart. The Opera sets the stage for romance and intrigue. In the catacombs below the building lives a man rife with sorrow and passion. The Phantom. But he’s not content to live alone. He wants to possess the one woman who can set him free.

His Christine.

Viscount Raoul de Chagny doesn’t believe the rumours of a Ghost living below the Opera. He only has eyes for Christine, his childhood friend and first love. Together they embark on a sensual journey of discovery and fiery desire.

But she can only have one man. Will love raise her up or tear their world apart?


Teasers are so great, aren't they? I'd love to share a snippet from Phantom with you! Happy Holidays!!!

“What are you asking of me?”

“Your submission. Allow me to direct you as if I were the composer of one of your songs. Do you trust me?” Raoul smoothed a lock of her hair between his fingers. She smelt of flowers, a most intoxicating scent. Although she trembled in his arms, she met him for a kiss. Christine whimpered. Damn the blanket and the layers of fabric between them. He longed to feel her body next to his. He parted her robe and shoved the garment from her shoulders, leaving her in her nightgown. He swiped his tongue along her bottom lip and palmed her breast.

“Raoul,” she gasped, but didn’t swat him away. “I trust you.”

“Let me make you feel the magic.”

Christine stared at him a moment. “What do you want me to do?”

“Give me what I want. Can you do that?” He unbuttoned the top button on her nightgown. “Show me the depths of your soul.”

“I can.” She whipped her nightgown up over her head, exposing her body to him. Her rosy nipples peaked and the flush spread across her entire chest.

Raoul shrugged out of his nightshirt and tugged her back onto his lap. Skin to skin, mouth to mouth, he lost himself in her sweetness. His desire to conquer her took over. Christine slid her hands up his chest and twined them behind his head.

“Do you still wish to learn? This will not be what you expect.”

“I do.”

He sat back on his heels and hazarded a glance to the door to reassure himself it was locked.

“Raoul?”

“I do not wish to be interrupted.” He grabbed the chair at the small table and dragged it to the couch. “Sit.”

Christine hesitated, then moved from his lap to the edge of the bed. Raoul eased her onto her back. He crawled between her thighs. “I will pull out so I don’t leave my seed inside you, but I cannot guarantee this won’t hurt.”

She nodded, but didn’t look particularly agreeable. He braced himself on his knees and one hand. With his free hand, he stroked her cheek. “I will make you feel precious when I’m done.”

“I’m yours.”

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4 comments:

  1. I would rather it flow naturally. That's the challenge with these stories - to stay true to the original voice. But I think you made the right call, allowing it to fall where it felt right ;-)

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