Title: Craving Flight
Author: Tamsen Parker
Genre: Erotica (BDSM)
Type: Standalone Novella
POV: First Person – Female
Tziporrah Berger was a born again Jew. After a failed marriage to a cheating husband, she decided to be an Orthodox Jew and joined their community much to her parents’ disapproval.
Elan Klein was a widower. After two years of losing his wife, he had been dodging the community pressure to get a new wife. When it comes to religion, they were like day and night, but neither realized they actually had one particular thing in common.
This book was written as part of BDSM, a Goodreads group event where the author developed a story based on a prompt (of a photo and a letter) that spoke to them the most. Craving Flight was based on a prompt by a religious woman with kink tendencies.
Too religious for one set of parents, not enough for the other. Will I never make anyone happy?
Tziporrah was a torn woman. The choices she made forced her to feel like she didn’t belong anywhere. Being ba’alat teshuva (a newly religious person) she had a he had hard time with always feeling inadequate to Elan and his ultra religious family, even though professional she was a respected university professor.
He looks powerful and virile and I have the urge to get on my knees for him. Perhaps someday he’ll command me to.
Elan reminded me of Tom Hardy’s character in his movie Lawless – a terse, hulking man who prefer to grunt a respond than actually talking. He was a frum (born and raised Orthodox Jew) from a highly religious family. Though religious, he wasn’t as rigid as them.
I became good friends with Google while reading this book because I had to search for many unfamiliar words related to Jewish religion/culture. I didn’t realize there was a glossary at the end of the book. But, that’s actually one of my favorite thing about this book – learning about culture and religion. It made me feel worldly haha!
If you think them being religious make it dull in the bedroom think again. This is a BDSM book after all. There were plenty of sexy scenes and one of my favorite was the one after her niddah (a period when husband and wife can’t touch because she’s menstruating). There was rawness in their needs. Oh, the candle scene was smoldering too.
Craving Flight is a story of a woman’s journey into self discovery while embracing who she really is on the inside. It was an interesting look at how one balances emotional and physical needs.
Craving Flight is available for free. If you purchase before the price change, the author will donate it to The Network/La Red, a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, BDSM, polyamorous, and queer communities
Special thanks to Shanny who helped enlightening me on some aspect of the culture.
This review is also available on Goodreads.