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Guest Post by Shelly Bell
I’ve learned a lot about BDSM, fetishes, and kinks in the last few years (no complaints here!) and one thing I’ve always struggled with is how body image plays a part in it. I’m fascinated that people not only do go naked around others but that they actually get off on it. I always thought exhibitionism was for thin people or those who were comfortable with their body. But what did that mean for someone with body issues? Did that mean they couldn’t be an exhibitionist?Those questions led me to create the curvy, introverted Danielle Walker, a woman who at twenty-five years old has yet to fully express her sexuality, hiding what she perceives are shameful desires. She has exhibitionist tendencies but for many reasons, the primary being her dissatisfaction with her body because she’s plus-sized, she’s led a sheltered life. But when the kidnapping of her stepmother forces her into becoming a sex slave trainee at Cole Walker’s sex club Benediction, she’s given the opportunity to explore her sexuality.From the moment Danielle steps into Master Cole’s office, he challenges her to accept the beauty of her body and her desire to expose it.Here at Benediction, she was a blank slate. She could be whomever she wanted. For the first time in her life, it was safe to surrender to her secret desires. She rose from the chair and crossed to stand in front of the fireplace. As the fire warmed her skin, she slipped her fingers under the waistband of her panties and dragged them down her legs. Both men tracked her movements, making her feel as though she was on display.Despite her exhibitionistic urges, Danielle remains uncomfortable showing off her body to the other members, so voyeuristic Master Cole orders Danielle to pose for his erotic photographs.She scrutinized her reflection in the jagged mirror. “I’m not beautiful.”He gripped her shoulders and twirled her toward him. “Who says?”“No one has to say it to my face.” She motioned to the wall of mirrors. “It’s very clear every time I’m forced to see my reflection.”With two of his fingers under her chin, he turned her head away from the mirrors to stare into his warm eyes. “Then you’re looking in the wrong ones. You’re beautiful. You’ve always been beautiful.” He tucked a strand of her hair behind her ears, his tender touch eliciting a shiver. “And I’ll prove it to you. Let my photos be your mirror. See yourself as I see you.”As the book progresses, Cole DeMarco shows her how to accept her exhibitionism and her body. While I’m not sure I’ll ever feel comfortable dropping my clothes in public, I now understand exhibitionism and I applaud those who despite not being one-hundred percent comfortable with their body, don’t allow it to interfere with their sexual desires.
By: Shelly Bell
A Benediction Novel
Publisher: Avon Red Impulse (Harper Collins)
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Genre: Erotic BDSM Suspense
Length: 112 Pages
About the book:
An exhibitionist who's waited her whole life to be seen …
After her stepmother is abducted, Danielle Walker has no choice but to follow the kidnapper's cryptic instructions. Under the guise of a sex slave trainee, she must infiltrate Cole DeMarco's BDSM club and find evidence of his offshore bank account … or she'll never see her stepmother alive again. But Master Cole is no stranger, and despite the dark past they share, Danielle cannot resist his magnetic pull.
The voyeur who's always been watching …
As Danielle begins uncovering Cole's secrets, the artistic voyeur arouses her deepest desires, and she surrenders to a fiery passion she never expected. But with time running out to save her stepmother, Danielle and Cole will face off against an evil growing more ruthless by the day … and discover a twisted web of lies, betrayal, and murder that neither saw coming.
A sucker for a happy ending, Shelly Bell writes sensual romance often with a bit of kink and action-filled erotic thrillers with high-emotional stakes for her alpha heroes and kick-ass heroines.
She began writing upon the insistence of her husband who dragged her to the store and bought her a laptop. When she’s not working her day job, taking care of her family, or writing, you’ll find her reading the latest smutty romance.
She currently writes for Avon Red Impulse, Loose Id, and Soul Mate Publishing.