This past week I listened to an audiobook, Goddess: A Femme Domme Erotica Novel written by R.J. Castille and narrated by Erin Bateman.
This is the story of Leilla King (AKA Goddess); Leilla is a young woman who works as an assistant to a high powered lawyer, Gordon Roth. Gordon is also an overly demanding and highly critical boss who is a nightmare to work for. Leilla is a trooper though and even though her boss makes her work life a living hell she has her own time to look forward to when she can take on the mantle of Goddess and escape into her secret world with her pet and friends. Her secret world is shaken to the core one night when Gordon Roth appears in her sanctuary. Leilla always wears a mask in her secret world though and Mr Roth doesn't recognize her, which opens up new possibilities for Leilla as Mr Roth begs to submit to her.
I enjoyed this audiobook very much, it's a strong story with interesting, well developed, characters. While the erotic scenes were well written they are not the focus of this story, this story is about Leilla King's life, not just the erotic moments of her life. I did find the authors writing style to be a bit too formal (especially the dialogue) and a bit wordy. I thought that the amount of detail and the number of adjectives used were a bit extraneous and sometimes rather tedious. I'm sure that some readers will enjoy this attention to detail but it just kind of caused the story to drag in places for me.
Erin Bateman's narration was quite good, although her Canadian pronunciation of certain words was a bit disconcerting since the book is written in the first person voice of Leilla King who is a Los Angeles girl.
While this book is not exactly my cup of tea, the quality of the story is such that I did indeed enjoy the listen, and I do think it will appeal to many Femdom fans; it is certainly a quality piece of BDSM erotica. I am giving Goddess four out of five paddles.