Mar 18

Book Review – Protection

Book Review: Protection
by T Baggins / S.A. Reid

People have many different ideas and thoughts about prison, especially if you are innocent of the crime that sent you there.  “Everyone claims to be innocent” in prison, but few if any really are.

Dr. Joseph Cooper entered Wentworth Prison (in England) in 1931 sentenced for a mistake.  Through no direct fault of his own, a woman and her newborn child were dead and he took the fall.  Walking into prison, an innocent man, a man who was recently engaged, a doctor with a life of prestige and wealth stripped from him, he stood tall, though afraid.

Protection by T BagginsGabriel MacKenna, sentenced for a double murder was sure he wanted Joey to know who was in charge and he was going to prove it.  Taking Joey in the shower supported Gabriel’s personal decision to never let anyone “Take” him.  To further prove his powers, Gabriel had Joey assigned to his room.  The man who raped him was now his room mate!

Fear and personal strength kept Joey alive.  Joey new he would need protection for the 18 year sentence, but at what price?   What was his life worth? Was it worth allowing himself to be raped by this beast of a man who slept in the bunk below him?

He told Gabriel about his innocence, his engagement, and his fears.  Though everyone in prison says they are innocent, Gabriel believed Joey and decided to not only leave him alone, to be his protector as well.  He wants Joey, but will not force the issue again.

Was Gabriel really a cold hearted double murderer or were there circumstances he didn’t reveal?  Joey’s fears, his story, his love for medicine, his love for a woman who would never know him as her husband, his ability to understand Gabriel better than Gabriel did, kept me reading.  I wanted more and was not disappointed.

As the story built, I was drawn further into the lives of Joey and Gabriel, others around them, their daily routines, visitation rights, and how they learned to live with and love each other.  The romance that built was powerful, strong, and yet delicate.  Love has many facets and Baggins showed as many as possible given the constraints of Wentworth prison.

I usually read in the evening after I’ve completed my own writing projects for the day.  When I am presented with a good book, one that draws me in – in to the story, the characters, the environment, I am taken away from my daily routine. Protection did that for me.

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Feb 12

50 Shades of Grey, a good movie, controversy or both?

50 Shades of Grey, a good movie, controversy or both?

The paper version of 50 Shades of Grey has sold over 100 million copies worldwide.  With the movie we can expect that number to go much higher.  So what makes this book more appealing that J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series?

Sex would be my first answer, but there are lots of sexy movies that don’t draw attention like this is doing. 50 Shades is more than sex.  It’s BDSM sex with a twist.  While sex sells, BDSM sex is luring, contagious, and often controversial.  Put all of that together in a well written book – and you have a best seller.  Put that into a trilogy and Bam, the sky’s the limit! Put that trilogy into a well produced movie with hot, well bred actors and well – you have a blockbuster!

 

The adage that bad advertizing is the best advertizing anything can receive certainly has come to fruition with 50 Shades of Grey.  What this book and now the movie succeeded in doing is creating a storm of controversy and wonder.  Sex alone is interesting.  Dominant sex is or can be controversial.

Put both together and you have intrigue and wonder.  Some say the books demeaned women and idolized aggressive male attitudes.  Others say this is a part of society that has been hidden for too long, and are glad it’s final out of the closet.  Sex is part of life and should be fun and enjoyable.  Domination fits those criteria for a varied group of people both straight and gay, men and women.

So what is the lure of domination?  Could it be the loss of control?  Or the mystery that awaits you when your partner doesn’t tell you what (s)he will do next?  Add bondage to the mixture and domination is notched up considerably.  Now you are at the mercy of your partner for both pleasure and the potential of pain.  Does the thrill of bondage and domination bring a higher level of satisfaction to the sexual experience?

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Jamie Dornan - 50 Shades of GreyStaring in the movie are two amazing people – Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.  I imagine the casting director wondering if either or both had what it would take to pull off their roles.  Enough has been written on why they were selected.  The teasers suggest they did a fantastic job.  Critics having seen the pre-release version agree.  I’m anxious to see for myself if they keep my attention, draw me into the movie, or simply hold me with their physical beauty.

50 shades of GreyI’ve heard many people talking about the movie over the past few days.  The most popular question has been “Will you see it?”  And the most popular answer has been, “I really want to, want to go with me?”

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