by Maggie Casper, contemporary (2007)
Samhain Publishing, $2.50, ISBN 1-59998-583-7
Knotty Girl is, simply put, the story of our hero, Craig Jensen, training our heroine Shelby Langley into his ideal submissive in his BDSM club, Jerico. The sessions involve the use of ropes, which is interesting, but unfortunately the end result is more mundane than I'd have liked. I also feel that Shelby gets away with plenty of behavior that won't do if this story depicts realistic D/s relationships.
As for characterization, well, this one is pretty much love or lust at first sight and that's that. This is, after all, a short story.
Knotty Girl is just one of the many, many, many forgettable erotic short stories featuring watered-down versions of BDSM that are out there in the market. Good for you if you read this one, but you won't lose any sleep over what you may be missing if you don't.
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