CONTENT: Contemporary women’s fiction

Relationship violence,

date rape,

non-consensual sex

sexual violence, date rape, 

relationship violence, sexual assault,

toxic masculinity,

hostility to femininity,

Customer ratings:

3.5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
2 global ratings
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2015
Jaron Summers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 out of 5 stars – Great opening! Frightening.
Had me hooked from the first paragraph. This may be the 51st Shade of Grey when things really get out of hand. Well done, Linda! 

AUTHOR’S NOTE: why I wrote ‘No Means No’ –  to bring awareness to a problem that is rarely reported. Of every 100 incidents of sexual assault, only 6 are reported to the police. And 1 – 2% of “date rapes” are reported. A woman is sexually assaulted by forced intercourse every 17 minutes in Canada. Married women and women in relationships always has the right to say no.

Audio sample ‘No Means No’


Matthew Blackwell was drenched in dominance and masochism. He smiled as he stirred Haley’s drink, spiked with enough ketamine to render her unconscious, hoping to have sex his way. He thought of Haley as no more than the girl who would offer him a night to remember; his send off party of one before university. At no time did he consider that he could go to jail. Matthew was drenched in masculine toxicity, and had a hidden hostility to femininity. He believed that money was power. He wielded both. He got what he wanted, when he wanted, and felt that he could do as he pleased where it came to women. Always at Matthew’s side was his good friend, Ryan Crowe. Matthew had the financial means and Ryan had the connections. If Matthew asked, Ryan complied. What Ryan did not know was that Matthew had a dark secret.

Rape culture is a real and salient force in today’s society. The term ‘rape’ has been relabelled as sexual violence – clearly defining any and all unwanted sexual activity. All too many women don’t report such incidents – primarily because too few perpetrators are punished – further feeding the problem. RAPE is an ever-growing concern that must be addressed and recognized for what it is: a criminal offense. The BDSM subculture once operated underground. In modern society it has begun to enter the mainstream, and typically goes unnoticed.

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