The blisteringly sexy sequel to Cassandra's ConflictCassandra has been living with the baron, in his chateau, for eighteen months. The arrival of Nicola, who has come to stay for the summer, means that once again he can indulge his fancy for playing erotic games with strangers.....
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Cassandra's Chateau Reviews
Less a sequel to Alleyn's scorching Cassandra's Conflict than a b-side. There are a lot of problems with this book that make it a missed-opportunity at best, and something of a real disappointment at worst. The basic situation is that Cassandra, about 18 months (?) on from the 1st book, has to endure a new game which pits her against a shy, inexperienced rival (essentially a version of how she was at the beginning of the earlier novel) who could take her place at the Baron's side if Cassandra fails to surpass the new girl, Nicola, in sexual submission and endurance. The book begins well enough, with a slow-burn of tension as the arrival of Nicola approaches, distracting the reader with different sex games in the titular chateau. When awkward Nicola arrives, things seem promising. However: pretty soon Alleyn gets bogged down in a routine of extremely over-worked sex scenes that stretch credulity while exasperating the reader. Think I'm just being finicky? Well, try out the backdoor deflowerment in Chapter Ten. In order to break Nicola in, she is treated to: an intimate cleansing, two glasses of an aphrodisiac "cordial", an "expander" made of ivory, some heavy petting, a double-headed toy, then some aphrodisiac lubricating jelly, . . . "Nicola no longer knew what was happening to her." (p 188). Hey, she's not the only one! This scene is so *busy* it's more like the inauguration of a head of state. --And this is nothing in non-straightforwardness compared to the bizarre sex game with the housemaids in Chapter Twelve, which still leaves me scratching my head.By the end of the book there's some new toy involved called "anal jumping beads", and this really gets to the crux of the problem. Alleyn is so strained for novelty here, it completely gets in the way of just using her set-up and characters to create coherent, naturally obvious acts of debauchery! Tellingly, it's the little moments here that are memorably hot: a shame-faced Nicola marched upstairs to bed by a housemaid, while she wears a single kinky adornment, or getting played with by the poolside and fitted in a fetish harness.Nicola turns out to be petulant and a bit mean, but also very arousable and therefore not much of a "challenge" to the Baron. The rest of the characters are basically ciphers still, though at least a little jealousy clouds the once-imperturbable Baron's mood. Cassandra gets to be dominant occasionally, which is kinda exciting, and I actually still like the way she's kinda unreadable (not always my favorite thing in a heroine, but it fits the mood of the story). Alleyn seems to want these Cassandra books to be a kind of Euro-glam, *somewhat* kinder, gentler version of The Story of O. I can't fault "Cassandra's Chateau" for ambition and, in spite of my complaints, there are still parts I like. I guess I'm still grateful, on balance, to have this story of Nicola's training and Cassandra's further adventures, but this could have turned out *so* much better. And some of these hyper-fussy, overworked scenes are just head-scratching. Alleyn's so busy with the theatrics, sometimes her sex scenes just have no flow. And no matter what your tastes in erotica, that can be a real headache for the reader.
good story but with a rush end .
I am disappointed to announce that I found this book a complete let down to its predecessor.The story continues in a fashion with Cassandra taking her place as mistress of the household and doing very little else.The sex scenes lacked imagination, no relationship was built and in my experience seemed forced.A complete farce and not a great interpretation of a consensual relationship between a Master and his sub.The book focuses more on jealousy and competition between submissives and a battle to see who wins the prize of remaining within the household.Please do not waste your time reading this book as if you want to explore this genre there are thousands of books that do a far better job