Title: Overcoming Abigail
Author: Elliot Mabeuse
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Website of Publisher: http://www.ellorascave.com
Publication Date: June 2005
Length: Plus Novel
It's 1897 and like most women in New Orleans, nay, the world, Abigail Du Pre believes it's dirty and sinful to enjoy the things that happen between a man and a woman. Having been given as payment for her idiot father's gambling debts, she is now the Dr.'s "property" and she has no doubt as to what he plans for her. She finds that she is not only a totally sexual being, she is stronger than she believed herself to be.
Dr. Lucien Trier sees Abigail as his chance to mold a female into the complete and total sexual slave to tend his rather extreme needs, but in the process of training her he unleashes a wanton whose needs may just surpass his own. But the most astounding thing of all was that he not only got his wish in the slave area, he fell in love with the sensual woman who taught him that when you think you can control another human being, you might think about who's really in control.
We all know that throughout history women were repressed sexually for fear that they would demand more of their husbands (like fidelity or satisfaction in bed) and that they would be unable to comply. This was an interesting look at a scenario that was in direct contrast to that. For a man to want a woman to respond in an honest, unfettered fashion makes for interesting reading. However it was the building of a real relationship with all it's incipient jealousies, insecurities, tribulations and trust that was the cornerstone of the story for me. Watching the two of them become bound to each other was in itself a true delight.