April 5, 2010

Review: Dear Sir, I'm Yours by Joely Sue Burkhart


This professor’s final exam includes a spanking.
There’s no house restoration too challenging for Rae Jackson, a.k.a. “The Fix-It Lady”. There’s no fixing the past, though. Like the day she left college. A semester of flirting with her English professor ended when he spanked her to the best orgasm of her life. Afraid of her own eager willingness to comply with the sexy dom’s commands—no matter what—she fled.
Yet not even five years can dim her memory of his masterful touch.
Conn never forgot the one student who gave him a big fat “F” on the greatest test of his life. After all these years, he’s still haunted by his uncharacteristic loss of control. When he finds the very object of his shame—and desire—crawling around under his grandmother’s house, he swears to do anything to win Rae’s trust.
Rae finds herself helpless against Conn’s slow seduction. Exactly the way she likes it. Instead of poetry, this time she learns the erotic pleasure to be found in bondage…and submission to the sexiest professor alive.
Warning: Explicit sex, spanking, light bondage, a crazy old lady who talks to ghosts, and one lethal pink parasol.

As always I'm totally biased all thing concerning Joely so be prepared for my rave.
I read DSIY for the first time last summer after reading a fabulous review by Pearl. I started with the free prequel Letters (you can find that one here) and I was hooked from the start. What makes this book so special to me is all the emotion Joely put into this book.  How did she do that? I think I have to explain that in detail.

Rae is a strong woman afraid to lose herself in a man, especially Conn. She lived through a really bad marriage and still fights the consequences this left behind. She didn't see Conn for 5 years but she always thought of him. She wrote him many letters, explaining how she feels and what happened in her life. She never send one of them and I can so understand why. It's hard to bare your soul to someone else and Rae doesn't want to be that vulnerable. I adored every single one of her letters. Reading them feels like grabbing Rae's diary and taking a long deep look into her soul. The letters are so raw and heartfelt that I sometimes felt like intruding into her personal space. But nosy me doesn't mind that. *wink*

Conn on the other hand has a goal the moment he lays his eyes on Rae again: making it work this time. He is such a wonderful character: caring, loving and dominant with capital D. Conn knows what he wants. But even more than that he knows what he doesn't want: to hurt Rae or to make her run again. He is determinant to do everything what needs to be done to make Rae understand what he, his attraction to her and his sexual preferences are about. He takes his time to make her see the difference between submission and losing herself is. He shows her what kind of power a submissive holds over her Dom. I think this books describes this relationship in such a loving way that you just can't close your eyes against it.

The relationship buildup was lovely and spiked with a joke here and there and even some pop quizzes to lighten the mood. I loved how they both acted around each other when the first insecurities where diminished. I could see the adoration in Rae's eyes and I could feel the temperature rising when Conn saw his love.

The scenes between the sheets came after a rather long really hawt wait but they totally made up for that. And OMG the poetry was gorgeous. I would have never thought that something like that could be that sizzling.

I also enjoyed reading about the wonderful side-characters. Ms. Belle the more or less crazy lady who talks to her dead husband and solves murder cases in her free time or the math professor with love for swordplay.

All in all Dear Sir, I'm Yours is one of the best books I read in 2009 and it's already on my all time favorites pile. The love story is sweet, thoughtful and heartbreaking in the right mix with witty conversations, laugh-out-loud moments and scorching hot one-on-one encounters. You could never understand what's the gist of BDSM is? Read this book and you will get at least a fundamental understanding of it. Highly recommended read!

To learn more about Joely and her books please visit her website here.

We also have an interview with Joely @Book Lovers, INC today. You also get a chance to win a signed copy of Dear Sir, I'm Yours there.
And Joely will come over for a little surprise visit to The Geeky Bookworm this week too.

The Connagher Series:
1. Dear Sir, I'm Yours: reviews @goodreads, dual review with pattepoilue & me @BookLoversINCbuy ebook @BooksOnBoardbuy paperback @amazon (release tomorrow)

2. Hurt Me So Good(Victor's book): TBD 2010


Leontine April 5, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

I'm so glad I have this one on my e-reader :) I really like emotion steeped stories, I enjoyed reading your rave Susi!

Blodeuedd April 5, 2010 at 8:40 PM  

Reread what she had to say earlier on the blog :)
Nice review of the book

Smokinhotbooks April 5, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

I can't wait for the next book in the series. Do you know if it is out?

Great review btw;)

Book Lovers Inc Staff April 5, 2010 at 9:37 PM  

@Leontine I so hope you will love that one as much as I did.

@Blodeuedd Thanks hon.

@Smokinhotbooks It's not out yet but it should be released this year with Samhain. No date yet but this year! =(

pattepoilue April 5, 2010 at 9:56 PM  

I love your review Susi! I know how hard it is to review a bood you absolutely loved. I agree with everything you wrote (lol) I'm so happy I listened to you and read this book. I have it on my Reader but I want to have a print copy too so I can pet it LOL Is that weird? lol

SusiSunshine April 5, 2010 at 10:06 PM  

@pattepoilue: Not weird at all. am the same way. But we already noticed that we two are the same kind of crazy. LOL

Lea April 6, 2010 at 1:01 AM  

What a great review Susi, you made me want to read this book. Ms. Burkhart is a new to me author and she is now on my list. :-)

Thanks for sharing.

Mandi April 6, 2010 at 1:39 AM  

What a great review!! I keep hearing about this book..I need it I think!

Cecile April 6, 2010 at 4:23 AM  

Holy smack.... look at that rating!! Okay.. writing this down right now! Great review honey! I will be going check this out!

I hope all is well honey! And I hope you had a great weekend and a blessed Easter Sunday!
Hugs to you!

The Queen B April 6, 2010 at 8:48 PM  

Nice, now I definitely have to add this to my list ;)

SusiSunshine April 6, 2010 at 11:30 PM  

@Lea Anytime hon. Hope you will love it us much as I do.

@Mandi Oh yes you do.

@Cecile It is a wonderful book. Everything is good for me! School starts again this week and I still feel like spring break but I think You never have enough of spring break.

@The Queen B Oh yes you should hon!

Patti April 8, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

I've had my eye on this one - great review!

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