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Passion Undiminished introduces us to Tom and Lisa, coffee shop strangers who embark on the first tentative explorations of lover and adventure.
Tom has been admiring Lisa from afar, and when he finally gets up the nerve to sit down and strike up a conversation, things go better than he could have expected. She's as charming as she is beautiful, and they really do seem to hit it off. There are a lot of little things in the scene that I thought Putaine did well, not the least of which is the way Lisa innocently sends Tom to run a quick errand for her. It demonstrates a natural, wholesome side of female domination that helps set the stage, even if she doesn't know it.
Their first few dates are lovely, romantic affairs, with Tom pulling out all the stops to impress his new date. Before things go too far, however, he realizes that he is going to have to risk everything if there is to be any chance at long-term happiness. Lisa is open to the idea of a female led relationship, but she doesn't really understand what's involved or how it all works. Again, I thought Putaine crafted the conversation exceptionally well here, deftly explaining how female led relationships differ from fantasies of female domination, and illustrating what Tom's vision of true submission looks like.
What makes the story believable is the involvement of Tom's mentor and his wife, a couple who have been married in a female led relationship for years. They take a guiding hand in helping Tom to set the stage, and they also help Lisa to cope with her fears and doubts when the prospect of marriage leaves her so uncertain. It is there where the story falls into its only real cliché, with Lisa's uncertainty less about kink and more about sexual compatibility, but I liked the way it was handled.
The final punishment scene might seem a bit too much for those readers who fell in love with the romance of the first half of the story, but I like that it explores the breaking of physical and emotional barriers, leading to true dominance and submission.
Love Undiminished, Lisa and Tom have found their new roles as Mistress and slave firmly established, and they are ready to evolve into the realm of cuckolding. What makes this story work so well is the way Shaun Putaine establishes and explores the reasons why couple might choose to make such a move. He looks at what both Tom and Lisa get out of it, what it means to their relationship, and how it does - and, more importantly, does not - alter their relationship.
The heart and soul of the story is Tom, who really struggles with the clash of fantasy and reality. We get to share in his emotional struggles as he reconciles his submissive tendencies with his jealousy. He has a hard time with this change in their lives, even though he was the one who wanted it. As excited as he is to see his wife and Mistress enjoying the sexual passion she deserves, he worries what that will do to their love for one another. Lisa may come across as a little harsh for some readers, but I loved how she was both firm and loving, a perfect blend of Mistress and wife.
There is a lot of BDSM themed punishment and submission here, with Putaine extending the scenes to reveal the emotions that are revealed. We get to see Lisa's aftercare for her punished submissive, and come to understand that she loves him more, not less, with the opening of their relationship. There is even a touch of forced bisexuality and forced feminization, although neither are the focus of the tale.
Well-written, with a nice blend of romance and passion, and just enough explicit sex to define the transition, the Undiminished series is a fantastic story for lovers of female domination and cuckolding.