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Lost & Found by Syd McGinley

The Complete Dr. Fell Volume 1: Lost by Syd McGinley

Pet sitting by Syd McGinley

I was wandering around this sip for a bit. I liked very much another D/S story by Syd McGinley, and the first time I read the blurb of this one I was very attracted. But I have to admit that I don't like very much too much short stories, usually they leave me eager for more. So when this morning I read that it's starting a chaser series on Dr Fell, I took the chance to read also the start point, Petsitting.

John is a post graduate student (I think it's late twenty-mid thirty, maybe more). After the death of his lover and pet, Rob, he took a leave from his studies and he chose to move back home to take care of his mother, fighting cancer. Now he is again alone, and he needs time to finish his thesys.

Ben has the perfect solution: he has to go out of town for work and he doesn't want to leave alone his pet, Charlie, a young guy just out of a detox process. John can leave in his house and complete his thesys and meanwhile take a look on Charlie. But when their cohabitation starts, John realizes that Charlie is not at all a good "pet": he is spoilt and lazy, and he needs a firm hand, just like John.

When Ben returns home he almost doesn't recognize Charlie and the new life of John as Dr Fell is starting...

In less than 20 pages, Syd McGinley decipts a whole universe, where D/S is not only a life style, but it's a necessity to survive: for John to give a meaning to his life, now that he is without Rob, and for Charlie to have something to live, something that preserves him to fall again.

Even if there is sex, this is not a love story. It's a journey of two men that temporarily choose to walk together along the path, helping each other.

Pet Rescue (Lost and Found 1) by Syd McGinley

First of all I finish this one in only a day so it's clear that I liked it but still... I have the feeling that this story will make me feel a lot sad in the future.

Lost and Found is an ongoing series about Dr Fell, John. He is a Dom without pet. His former and true pet was killed during a gay bashing and since then Dr Fell lives without a real meaning in his life. He sometime trains other pets for their too tender Dom, but he is not ready to start again with a real D/S relationship.

Then John finds a scared pet in an alley, Jamie. He ran away from his abusive Master, a Master who went beyond what is "allowed" in a D/S relationship. Dealing with Jamie brings a lot of painful memories in John, of Rob, his former lover, and of how he wasn't able to save him. And now he has a chance to save Jamie, and doing so he maybe can put an end to some guilty issues. But John knows that he can't be Jamie's Master, since he would never be able to "master" him with the right dose of pain and pleasure, since Jamie is "damaged", he has suffered too much in his life and now for him pain can't be no more also pleasure.

This is the main reason cause I feel sad. Even if this is only the first chapter of three, I don't think that the following two will tell us about John and Jamie. I fear that John will choose a different path that will lead him far from Jamie. And since I'm an hopelessly romantic, I would so love too see this two together... But this is a problem of mine, cause if I really am into the D/S matter, I would see that John's choice is the right one.

Exotic Pets (Lost and Found 2) by Syd McGinley

Lost and Found 2 has an happy underlining mood that makes it lighter than the first installment but also harder to digest if you are not into the D/s relationship.

Dr. Fell is become almost a guru among his Dom friends, and he is also a referring figure for all the submissives. For the fourth of July weeks, all the Doms and subs organize an outdoor activity outside John's cabin: there is entertainments and picnics, like those parties at school where proud fathers look how good are their "sons", but also commitment ceremonies which include branding and inking session.

It's also a way to see different Doms at "work" and how they are able to deal with their little brats. There are the old tested couple, like Mike and Chris, a ten years old relationship, or the new ones like Greg and Rory. There is the pet in training Charlie, alias "twink", and the sub in need to be rescued, Rinnie. And there is also the little but exotic hustler, Tommy, that, in the end, will be Dr. Fell next project... will he be also the new pet that Dr. Fell is searching?

As I said, there are some activities we witness reading this book that heavily test my beliefs on what is romance and what is a committed relationship; for me, who hardly consider romance a threesome, and only in certain condition, a relationship where one of the partners can be borrowed and shared like a common propriety is a very difficult one to accept. Truth be told, the borrowed partner is not against the idea, and sometime he seems also eager to be shared, but still... maybe this is a problem of mine, since this type of relationship implies a total surrender from one side and so also a total trust.

Then there is the emotional involvement of John; even if he worries for Tommy, I still don't feel him totally involved in this relationship: he has too much reasoning power, he analyzes things everytime and in every details... since he will not lose a bit of his self control, I don't think he will find another companion like Rob.


Amazon: The Complete Dr. Fell Volume I: Lost
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (June 3, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603707204
ISBN-13: 978-1603707206

The Complete Dr. Fell Volume 1: Lost by Syd McGinley
Table of Contents:
Pet Sitting
Pet Rescue
A Short Leash
Rude Mechanicals
Exotic Pets
Catch and Release
A Secret Vice
Sol Invictus

The Complete Dr. Fell Volume 2: Found by Syd McGinley

Teacher's Pet (Lost and Found 3) by Syd McGinley

Yes! at the third story, plus some novella here and there, about Dr. Fell and his pets, I have finally closed a book and started to write a post without having to say "well, even if BDSM is not my thing...".

I like Dr. Fell, truly, but I always had this feeling about his stories, something like I should not become too fond of a "pet" since at the end he would be not the one. All the previous stories are always quite angst, but truly romantic: a wounded soul who, in the healing power of love and discipline, finds solace and is born again; a soul that, in the end, is ready to love again, but not John.

Why everytime John is not reaty to live again? why he always needs to break my little pink romance bubble? Yes, I was a little angry with John, and I almost skipped the third chapter in his series. But then, I wanted to give him another chance and I was right about it.

The problem with John is that he always takes care of the others, the wounded pets, but he never heals himself. And to heal himself he needs to give up the control to someone else, someone from his past, that knows him well. Only then he will be ready to love again.

And so in Teacher's Pet, John becomes the pupil, and at the same time he meets who has many chance to be his future pet for good.

Teacher's Pet is at the same time more angst than the previous book and more romantic. John is not so stern in it, he probably is learning his own lessons, and he lets go more: if he is doing that since he is learning to grow on the pain of Rob's loss, or since he has really met his truly pet, I don't know, but I like him better in this way.

Deeper Submission (Lost and Found 4) by Syd McGinley

From the title of the last novella in the Lost and Found series, you would think that Dave, the new pet of Dr. Fell, is fated to be even more a submissive for the more and more dominant John... and instead I believe that the Deeper Submission of the title is referring to a different type of submission, the one that will see John surrenders to love and to the need to finally have a little family of his own.

Now don't get me wrong, there are no babies or smushy feeling between John and Dave, but there is for sure a different type of relationship than what John is used to. Dave willingly decided to submit to John, but he is not a weak boy who couldn't have a different life if he wants; he is a smart man, with a deep proud, and he will not be the all to dependent man that you usually find in a D/s relationship, and maybe this is the reason why I like this novella, and why I think that finally John has found his match.

John's love for Rob was deep and true, but I don't know if it would have lasted. Rob was the perfect pet, always eager to satisfy his Master, and not only in a sexual way... maybe it would have lasted since John would have not been subjected to years of regrets and ifs. John and Rob together would have been a good item, probably more according the rule of a "classical" D/s relationship. But Rob is dead and John seemed unable to forget him... probably since he searched him in every following pets. When he stopped that uselessly search and accepted a man totally different than Rob, in that moment he starts a new life. Dave is not Rob, and he even wants to be like Rob, and he is exactly what John needs: a man that is young enough to be molded to some of John's quirks, but clever enough to not be totally controlled and dominated.

This is a very nice wrap up of Dr. John Fell's adventures, and the four book is probably the more romantic of them all, since you have finally the chance to see the tender side of John.


Amazon: Dr. Fell Volume II: Found
Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Torquere Press (November 25, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603708626
ISBN-13: 978-1603708623

The Complete Dr. Fell Volume 2: Found by Syd McGinley
Table of Contents:
Teacher’s Pet
Let the Games Begin
Attitude Adjustments 1-6
Deeper Submission
Attitude Adjustments 7
The Junk Drawer of Dr. Fell
To Your Good Elf
Thank You Letters
Attitude Adjustments 8 and 9
Attitude Adjustments 10 and 11
Curtain Fic
Attitude Adjustments 12
Back in the Day

Lost & Found: Chaser compilation


Amazon Kindle: Lost and Found
Publisher: Torquere Press, Inc. (July 12, 2011)

Lost & Found
Table of Contents:
Pet Rescue (Lost and Found 1) by Syd McGinley
Exotic Pets (Lost and Found 2) by Syd McGinley
Teacher's Pet (Lost and Found 3) by Syd McGinley
Deeper Submission (Lost and Found 4) by Syd McGinley

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