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Agony/Ecstasy Anthology: Christine d’Abo and “Bruised Ego”


Christine d’Abo‘s “Bruised Ego” reminded me a little of Fight Club.  Just a little in that a man was finding emotional release in violence.   In this case Lee was embarrassed by his own sexual proclivities but so aroused that he couldn’t turn away.  He gets the name of Diana, someone who could purportedly help him.   I hadn’t read d’Abo before this submission but I’ve read her since.  I haven’t encountered another femdom story from her but I wish she would explore that area again.

This was it. Diana had given him a choice and it was up to him to take the next step. There was nothing stopping him from walking out the door, getting back on his bike and going out to a bar to pick a fight. Hell, he had some pretty choice bruising from last night. He could go home and get himself off at least twice before the exhaustion kicked in to drag him off to oblivion.

But if he stayed, there was a chance he could learn how to fix this need he had. There must be a way to make it better. Anything to get rid of this burning desire to hurt.

Lee’s gaze locked on Diana as he grabbed the hem of his t-shirt and pulled it off. He needed to know if she could see the twisted darkness bleeding through the bruises coloring his skin.

When she didn’t react for several long minutes, he began to feel uncomfortable. Exposed. It took effort not to fold his arms across his chest, to hide the evidence of last night’s fight. He knew exactly what he looked like. Lee had gotten up before the alarm this morning and stood in the harsh light of the bathroom, pressing one fist into the largest of the bruises and jerking off while he watched in the mirror.

Twisted, sick, wrong.

“Beautiful,” she said in a hushed voice.

Next up is Safeword by Delphine Dryden

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Jennifer Leeland
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 10:20:28

    Christine D’Abo is fantastic. She has a fem dom book that rocks called “Mistress Rules” which is a sci fi. Love it.

  2. eggs
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 13:52:54

    I am laughing my ass off here. Not because of this excerpt, which sounds kind of hot, but because when I clicked on the link to the book it took me to your website with the Harriet Klausner review front and centre! She loved it, of course. Who knew Harriet was such a dirty little slut? She just made you a sale …

  3. Jane
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 14:35:18

    @eggs: I love that review only because it feels real to be Klausner-ized. I’ll have to add more reviews.

  4. Jill Sorenson
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 15:10:33

    I’m enjoying all of the excerpts but this is my favorite so far.

  5. Jane
    Nov 24, 2011 @ 15:11:13

    @Jennifer Leeland: Oh, you are right. I think I tried that one and didn’t get it.

  6. Jennifer Leeland
    Nov 25, 2011 @ 07:49:52

    @Jane: I don’t think Science Fiction is your cup of tea or am I wrong? This one looks awesome, though.

  7. Agony/Ecstasy Anthology: Shoshanna Evers and “The Wooden Pony” - Dear Author
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 11:00:39

    […] meets through an online ad).  It dovetailed nicely with Christine d’Abo’s story, Bruised Ego.  The female protagonist here was searching for an outlet for her need for pain. Before, it was […]

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