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Honor Student (Honor, #1)

Honor Student - Teresa Mummert This book was not horrible. It truly was not. Let's just get down to the nitty gritty of why this book was not for me!
The writing: In the first portion of the book the writing is a little 'meh'. It feels choppy and lacks a certain flow. However, Mummert does hit her writing stride and it improves A LOT by the end of the book.
The characters didn't have an impact on me. I can remember Mr. Honor's name William, but for the life of me I cannot remember the MC's name. ____________ that's all I get when I think back to it. Sigh. I hate having to go into my kindle and look for a characters name it makes me feel old and forgetful. Which is more than likely the case here.
My main issue here is with how the author used BDSM in this book. She uses it often times with abuse rhetoric from the main character. I clearly remember one instance where after the MC takes a lashing from Mr. Honor that she internalizes the blame as in...if I hadn't provoked him, he would not have been so harsh on me. Listen. I am not part of the BDSM scene but I have a feeling that this kind of rhetoric is frowned upon. Many within the lifestyle have spent years defending and defining it as a healthy relationship. That statement above is not healthy. If she is not getting genuine pleasure from the scenes that her and Mr. Honor play then she should not be in the relationship at all. BDSM is not for everyone. Their motto is safe, sane, and consensual. I would really love to see writers embrace this motto when doing books on this subject rather than using it to veil and justify abuse.
Mr. Honor is not a bad character. He doesn't make my stomach turn like a lot of the new anti-hero BDSM lead males out there. I am curious to see his side of the story and will probably someday pick it up. It would be interesting to see how he feels/reacts to MC's guilt/feelings over their relationship. Is he a douche at the end of the book. Yeah, but he's a guy. They are all douches at some point in time. ;)
If you enjoy books like FSOG and Bared to You than you will probably enjoy this book. If you don't enjoy those types of romance/erotica then proceed with caution when reading this book.