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LaForge by Rollin Hand
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LaForge,a trilogy of interconnected spanking stories, make up this novella length romantic tale that is in parts, a domestic idyll, a love story and a supernatural thriller. At nearly 40,000 words, LaForge is a trilogy of erotic spanking stories that collectively make up a long novella with multiple characters, plot lines and action sequences beloved of spankophiles, all layered onto an exciting story arc.
Part 1, The Farm of the Delphian Sisterhood, introduces Sam Reilly, a retired ex Marine, to the Delphian Sisterhood, a group of four beautiful but mysterious women quietly tending a farm in Western Pennsylvania. As a neighbor on an adjacent farm, Sam assumes the role of protector and guardian for the four women. But as he learns, his role entails much more. He is protector, lover and frequently, disciplinarian, for the sisters have a need for a strong man who will dispense domestic discipline in order to maintain domestic harmony.
In Part 2, LaForge, the remote alpine village of LaForge is introduced. Bridget O’Brien, a sculptress, has fled New York for a simpler life and hopes to find it in LaForge, a village known for its artist colony feel. A chance meeting with the deputy constable, Tom McRae, leads to a budding romantic involvement she hadn’t anticipated. But carrying that relationship forward may mean accepting Tom’s notion of domestic discipline, and will call for her participation in an ancient Rite, one that requires bravery and sacrifice. But the Rite itself reveals an awakening threat, one poised to strike at the heart of LaForge.
Part 3, Thermopolis Springs, brings Sam Reilly to LaForge seeking the Delphian Sisterhood. With him is Racheal Greene, a reknown physicist, searching for her lost sister, last seen in the care of the Delphian sisters. The pair must team up with Tom and Bridget, not only to find Rachael’s sister, but to defeat a dark legacy and prevent a catastrophe from destroying LaForge itself. It means going under cover into the heart of a cult of cruelty, one that employs the rod and the lash to achieve its ends.
LaForge presents the reader with a nice assortment of M/fcorporal punishment, ranging from simple over-the-knee hand spanking to restrained ritual public flogging. As one would expect, the severity of the scenes varies with both the instruments used and the nature of the punishment being exacted. Although there are no descriptions of any blood being drawn, some of the scenes leave the victims wealed and scourged, and are harsh enough that breaking the skin could be an expected consequence of the punishment.
How severe a corporal punishment is too severe? Do you read through severe scenes or skip ahead?
Although there are a number of strong female characters, the stories are unapologetically male chauvinistic. The men are all strong of body, mind and character. The women have different talents and inner strengths, but all share a submissive deference to male authority. Accordingly, the heroes set the rules, and heroines either follow them or ignore them at their corporal peril. When a punishment is earned, it is firmly delivered without debate.
Is the submission of the heroines credible? Why does an intelligent, talented woman willingly submit to a disciplinary spanking?
The punishment scenes are nicely spaced. The lead up to each punishment is sufficient to build the reader’s anticipation without losing the reader’s attention. The descriptions of the punishments are of sufficient detail and duration that the reader is satisfied that justice has been met.
What elements do you look for in a satisfying corporal punishment scene? Do you want to witness the misconduct, or can the author get away with indirect action and merely recite the reasons for discipline? Scolding or lecturing—before? During? After? Should a spanking start over clothes, or go straight to bare bottom discipline? How often should a spanking scene end in sex?
If you are looking for an enjoyable MF spanking tale, I recommend LaForge with two caveats. First, some of the punishment scenes are fairly heavy. Be prepared to gloss over these scenes if heavier punishments are not to your tastes. Second, the story would benefit from good proof-reading and editing. If you are easily distracted or annoyed by a missing word, spacing or punctuation issue, then you might have a harder time enjoying the story.
Even major releases from top publishers have errors. But how much does the editing and physical presentation of a story affect your enjoyment?
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