REVIEW: Natural Law by Joey Hill
Dear Ms. Hill:
This is the only book I’ve read that featured a female dominant and a male submissive. What makes this story so extraordinary is that the male submissive is an alpha male and remains an alpha male even while enjoying being dominated in the bedroom. I frankly didn’t know that it could be done but that conditioning likely comes from 17+ years of romance reading where an alpha male is always the dominant in the bedroom (to an unhealthy degree).
This is not a book for the faint of heart because it features the breaking down of physical and emotional barriers in an very explicit manner. However, like all really good erotica, the story challenges a reader and the reader’s belief system in what is right or natural.
Mac is a Tampa homicide detective who happens to be a sexual submissive. He recognizes a murder victim as one who visited a BDSM club that Mac himself frequents. In order to solve the crime, Mac must go undercover and infiltrate The Zone, a high end BDSM club, that seems to be the hunting grounds of a serial killer. Mac realizes that in order to pursue this angle, he has to come out to his superior officer. Reading this part of the story did more for showing what type of person Mac was than anything else. He was one who could put aside personal pride for the rights of a victim. He was someone you could cheer for.
Violet is a dom. She’s a new dom who didn’t realize the reason that she was sexually unfulfilled until someone recognized the dom traits inside of her. After her training has ended, she heads into The Zone on her first solo flight. She spots Mac right off and burns to have him. Only she doesn’t want his glib charm or his talented tongue or his impressive body. She wants all of him. The first part of this story is about the breaking down of all of Mac’s barriers. I was, at times, taken aback and wondered if it was going too far, but with each step, you were able to sell me on the idea that this was right and good for Mac, what he actually wanted. As a reader, I felt like I as being broken with Mac, my own inhibitions or reservations being torn away page by page.
Where this book faltered for me was the integration of the suspense thread with the erotic romance portion of it. Mac seemed to do little investigating while Violet and he were engaged in their bedroom battle. I could not find that you left any clues or foreshadowing as to who the serial killer was and so while it was a big surprise at the end, the villiany seemed out of character. I think that the book would have been even better without the suspense aspect. Note, Bam figured out the killer right away.
One description that I loved was the idea that an alpha male submissive is like the palace guard of a Queen. A truly devoted palace guard would do anything for his Queen, that he exists only to serve and she exists to fulfill his desire to serve. It’s a very enticing image. To say that I am anxious to read The Vampire Queen’s Servant which is your July 2007 Berkley Trade release is an understatement. Bring on the palace guard! B+