Dr. Michelle Sapphire and Gunnery Sargent Wyatt Callahan formed an unbreakable bond and an unacknowledged, forbidden attraction to each other while serving together in Afghanistan. Their lives are forever changed when a mortar attack grievously wounds Wyatt and Michelle brings him back from the brink of death. But when they both return to the civilian world, Michelle discovers that her rock-solid Marine is suffering from severe PTSD and may even be suicidal.
Wyatt Callahan fell hard for the aristocratic blonde doctor the moment he laid eyes on her. After reentering civilian life in his hometown near Austin, Texas, Wyatt is plagued by nightmares of the death and suffering he witnessed during the war. He’d love to reach out to Michelle, but — Michelle is a Dominatrix, and she has made it very clear to Wyatt she isn’t interested in a relationship with anyone who doesn’t accept her lifestyle. An Alpha male to the core, he can’t imagine the appeal of being submissive. At the same time, the idea of serving Michelle, of being everything she wants and needs, rings true in his wounded soul.
Michelle has dark secrets of her own, and together with Wyatt she will have to battle her personal demons during their emotional journey of healing, redemption, and love.
5 out of 5 Stars
A few months back, I read a snip of an untitled work in Process, the story fascinated me and as with any good snip bit, it cut off at just the right moment to leave you hanging… Success …. They hooked me. Over the next few months I kept thinking about what I had read… Dr. Michelle Sapphire has been called to the police station, in Austin Texas, to bail out Gunnery Sargent Wyatt Callahan. They had served together the year before, in Afghanistan, where they formed a special bond, that they could never act on being that Michelle was an officer and Wyatt an enlisted soldier. Both have seen their share of combat and the distressing effects, both physical and emotional.
Michelle and Wyatt were strong Dominant characters. Yet Michelle was a Domme and craved Wyatt’s submission. I needed to know how this was going to play out. I had to read “STILL” by Ann Mayburn…
Wyatt’s transition into the civilian world hasn’t been a smooth one, for he struggles with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and in the opening of Still, Wyatt was found drunk, sitting on the grave of his best friend and fellow soldier, also suffering from PTSD, who had killed himself after returning from Afghan. Seeing Wyatt struggling makes Michelle long to help Wyatt and offers him a deal…. Come live with her for one month as her submissive.
Hang on to your seat, this is where the emotional rollercoaster starts….
Ann Mayburn addresses the very real issue of PTSD and the devastating effects it can have on not only the soldier, but their family as well. PTSD comes in many different shapes and sizes, it varies from person to person, manifesting differently in everyone. But the results are almost always the same if left untreated, major destruction.
I applaud the fact that at the end of the book, Ms. Mayburn has listed resources for people to contact. She took a very difficult subject matter and weaves it into a beautiful love story.
I was surprised that while Wyatt struggled with his desire to serve and please Michelle, he never lost his dominant personality. He was Alpha to the core! The author, in my opinion did an excellent job in blending the two polar opposite personality traits. It certainly helped that the chemistry between these two was smoking to say the least. Some of the scenes were so intense they had me wiggling in my seat. I can honestly say some where so creative; I’ve never read anything like them before.
Michelle was a Domme with every ounce of her being, full of compassion and love. She constantly put her issues on the back burner in her quest to help Wyatt, till the tables were turned and she had to face some of her own demons. It was great to see two people struggling together to achieve the same goal, to build a strong, healthy, loving relationship with each other, while being open and honest.
Let me said that I normally don’t read Domme books, I like my Alpha/Dominant Male way too much. Yet, “Still” captivated me from the moment I started reading, all the pieces fit perfectly in place, for the story to flow ever so smoothly. You can’t help but fall in love with Michelle and Wyatt as you follow them on their journey of self-discovery and submission.
Whether you’re a Fem-Dom reader who loves a good story about a strong Alpha male giving his gift of submission or a fan of the Dominant Male whose only desire is to please his woman, Still by Ann Mayburn is a must read.
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