“By My Side (Safe Word:Oasis)” by Michele Zurlo is an excellent novella detailing some of the sensual elements of BDSM play. Personal assistant Marcella finally garners the courage to request a fantasy from Oasis so that she can act on the attraction that she has felt for her boss Sean ever since she started working for him more than a year prior. A fortuitous cancellation allows Marcella to volunteer to be Sean’s submissive for a charity benefit that he is holding and he reluctantly agrees to allow the substitution provided Marcella allows him to perform several scenes to test her tolerance. The two of them explore the limits of their D/s relationship and Marcella gives private thanks that she contacted Oasis to request a wish fulfillment that allows her to finally show Sean what she truly feels for him. Sean finally acts on the attraction that he has been feeling even as he questions whether he will be able to share the responsive submissive with an audience, no matter how worthy the cause.
The second sizzling tale in the Safe Word: Oasis series. A sensual description of the journey that can be taken when a pair of lovers first start exploring the benefits of using bondage and toys to enhance their relationship. The description of the gradual buildup of intensity of the relationship is both titillating and romantic and I look forward to reading other works by this talented author.
Marcella Abbot has worked for Sean Winquist for more than a year. As his personal assistant, she manages nearly every aspect of his life. He’s a dom and she’s a submissive. Through their year working together, they’ve become friends and colleagues, but Marcella yearns for more. She’s in love with Sean, and she’s frustrated that he can’t see past her efficient exterior.
When Sean’s submissive for a BDSM benefit show cancels unexpectedly two days before the event, Marcella jumps at the chance to take her place. Sean wants Marcella, but he’s afraid to let the walls of professionalism come tumbling down and risk losing her.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements, spanking.