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The Solicitation

Waldorf Manor : Book One

By: Bella Bryce
Published By: Blushing Press
Copyright: 2013 by Blushing Books and Bella Bryce
19 Chapters / 57,000 Words
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Brayden James was raised in an extremely disciplined and formal household in modern-day England, on a private estate in the countryside. Having been left Waldorf Manor in his parents' Will, Brayden resides amongst only his live-in domestic staff. That is, until he publishes a solicitation online searching for the right young woman to live platonically under his authority in a very structured environment. The story begins from the morning of the interviews where seventeen young ladies have been brought to Waldorf Manor for Brayden to see face to face and discern who, if any of them, will be the right match.

Brayden's choice proves to be more than just a way to feed his love of formal living and discipline when it becomes obvious his new charge desperately needs more than that. Not in any way against his expectations, Brayden finds she isn't accustomed to living in such a formal and privileged environment and soon finds that she needs more than just a disciplinarian - she needs a "father." He also finds her ability to function as someone living in his household to be a lot younger than her chronological age, and mandates she will be viewed entirely as a ten year old until he feels she can adjust properly. Brayden wastes no time in legally adopting the 'eighteen year old'.

The Solicitation follows Brayden as he very rigidly raises his new family member to embrace a formal lifestyle and all that goes along with it. His corrective measures are always firm but never cruel. A gentleman through and through, Brayden will show his new little miss what it's like to be raised by someone who both loves and listens, but also disciplines quickly and deliberately all the while providing a lifestyle Brayden has always desired and she more than needs.

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Chapter One 

Brayden straightened his tie and double-checked his waistcoat before pulling down his blazer one final time. Perfect. As always. His shoes had been shined to reflect the daylight and his perfectly manicured nails and hair hinted - nay - bellowed, that a flawless and sophisticated appearance was top priority. And it was. Just as priority as proper behaviour was. 

He looked at his reflection in the mirror without reaction. He was pleased, but no need to show it. Navy blue had always been his colour; navy blue with thin white stripes marching up and down his trousers, to be exact. A starch, made to measure, white shirt with a perfectly pointed collar lay beneath the navy blue striped waistcoat. His solid navy blue jacket was secured in front by two gold buttons, with another two on the underside of the cuffs. 

Brayden’s tie, always done into a smart double Windsor knot, featured alternating, wide navy blue and red diagonal stripes. He had his dark brown hair parted to the left since he was sent to boarding school at the age of eight. One of the Senior Prefects at the time preferred the style and Brayden had no desire to find a suitable alternative after two decades, especially when his hair swooped so obediently across his forehead. He had a classic look and he knew it. Marvellous cheekbones, translucent complexion and a smile that made females of all ages blush. Although, not many were made to blush because Brayden rarely went beyond the electric gates that guarded the world of exclusivity, wealth and privilege he lived in. With the exception of accepting an invitation from his late parents’ friends, distant relatives or old school friends, Brayden didn’t step off the estate. Nor did the gates open for anyone beyond those relations. 

That had been perfectly true - prior to his post online anyway. 

‘With all due respect, Sir, are you quite sure about this?’ his well-intentioned butler asked. 

‘Wellesley, I am quite sure about all decisions I make,’ Brayden said, and offered a curt smile before he turned away from his full-length wooden framed mirror and left his bedroom. Wellesley closed the door for his young master before following him down the long, wide corridor. 

‘The applicants are all assembled in the drawing room. There are seventeen girls,’ Wellesley reported. 

‘Seventeen. That sounds hopeful,’ Brayden noted, as he and Wellesley simultaneously turned the corner and descended the grand staircase. 

‘Yes, Sir,’ Wellesley said. He was still unsure about Brayden’s solicitation on a website which hosted listings for the buying and selling of furniture, jobs, and personal ads, albeit in the local area. 

Brayden’s post in the ‘Strictly Platonic’ section had been as discreet as possible and purposefully neglected to share details about his wealth and the privacy with which he lived behind it. It read: 

I am seeking a young lady aged 18 and older for a strictly platonic relationship. I am 28 years old, I live alone and I have a very particular way of life. That way of life includes meals at promptly set times, a formal wardrobe, a daily routine of country walks, reading, socialising within my close circle and music practise, to name a few. I am without close family but I will create my own in this instance. This is NOT a courting relationship. There will be absolutely no interaction with regards to intimacy, bar a cuddle when it is appropriate. Cuddles come after you’ve been smacked over my knee for disobeying house rules. And the rules are very black and white. Be prepared to have your dresses chosen for you on a daily basis, to be taught proper manners because you probably don’t realise you’ve not been raised the way I wish you to have been, and to commit to this arrangement indefinitely. 

Interested girls need to reply to this post and politely request an application form. You have until this Friday at 7:00 pm to fill in the application and email it back to me, attaching a tasteful photograph of yourself. Applications received after the deadline will be deleted. I will read through your responses to my questions and either invite you to my residence for a formal interview, or thank you for your effort and cease communication. 

Girls invited to interview must wear a pinafore (any colour or tartan) with a smart white shirt underneath, knee socks or opaque tights, and either black or brown leather shoes. Your hairstyle should be simple and include a hair ribbon. Be prepared to answer personal (but appropriate) questions and to consent to a lifestyle under my guardianship and authority. If you cannot or will not, do not apply. 

Further details will be emailed to those concerned. 

Brayden had published his post online one week prior and had little hope of receiving worthy, if any, serious responses. He had then called his staff of housekeepers, butler, gardeners, driver, guards and stable hands to a meeting during which he explained the changes which would take place should he find the right candidate. He gave each of them the option of leaving with a month’s wages if they were uncomfortable with the situation. No one had wanted to leave. Most of them had been employed at Waldorf Manor for many years - before the late Mr. and Mrs. James passed - and not much surprised them by that point. Brayden was capable of handling his fortune and managing the estate and from their point of view; they would continue to have a place to live and a generous salary. They could easily play along. Brayden’s intentions were nothing short of pure, but deep down, he desperately also longed to have someone to look after and to control. What was the point of having an estate, extensive grounds, staff, money - everything - and no one to mould alongside them? He found the loneliness of being the only non-staff member living in his own house heart breaking, although he would never share that, even with his butler, who was a most trusted and loyal member of staff. 

Wellesley stopped walking beside Brayden at the bottom of the stairs just before the double-doors to the drawing room. 

‘Would you like me to announce you, Sir?’ 

‘Not this time, thank you. I will explain a few things to them first and then I will leave you to handle it just as we discussed,’ Brayden directed. 

‘Yes, Sir,’ Wellesley said, before opening the double doors and stepping aside. 

Brayden entered the room with authority and confidence. Every single girl sat up straight and smoothed her hair or the skirt of her pinafore as he entered the room, their eyes completely locked on the person many of them had been deeply curious about since applying. Several girls gulped or blushed; his presence had a command that seemed to flatter any audience. 

‘Good morning, girls,’ Brayden said. 

‘Good morning, Sir,’ most of the girls answered, staggering their responses, although many were in unison. 

‘Welcome to Waldorf Manor. I do hope each of you thanked my driver for collecting you this morning,’ Brayden said, putting his hands behind his back and looking at several of them expectantly. 

‘Right. What’s going to happen is that Wellesley will call your name out when it is your turn to interview. You will go up the staircase and turn left. My study door is the third door on the right. Afterward, you will be excused and you are to come straight back here until all interviews are complete. Anyone who leaves before I have announced my decision will be taken home immediately and your application put in the bin.’ 

Several girls looked at each other. A few whispered to their neighbours. 

‘I have to work at noon,’ one twenty-year-old said without bothering to apply any title or proper tone to her sentence. Brayden raised his eyebrows at the girl in the fourth row. 

‘Young lady, you are excused,’ Brayden said to the girl in question and then addressed the whole room of girls. ‘Until you have passed an interview you are all on incredibly thin ice,’ he added, as if justifying why the unlucky girl had been so quickly dismissed. 

‘Wellesley,’ Brayden said, nodding toward the girl, who scoffed as she was ushered out of the room and into the waiting Rolls Royce to be driven home. 

‘That leaves sixteen of you. Would anyone else care to disqualify themselves before I’ve even started?’ 

Several girls looked at the floor or said, ‘No, Sir.’ 

‘Good. Do not waste my time. I certainly won’t be wasting yours. Elisabeth Warner, you’re first.’ 

Elisabeth shyly stood and glanced at a few of the other girls. The room was completely silent as Brayden waited for Elisabeth to exit the drawing room behind him. Elisabeth felt as though her knees might come undone from the rest of her as she followed a complete stranger up his staircase and down the corridor into his study. 

‘Please sit down,’ Brayden said, after he had closed the heavy wooden door behind him, indicating one of two leather wing chairs that faced his large pedestal desk. 

‘You are nineteen years old, is that correct?’ Brayden asked, after he sat behind his desk and glanced at her application. 

Elisabeth nodded. Brayden looked up at the girl. 

‘Yes, Sir,’ Brayden said. ‘In this house it is ‘Yes, Sir,’ and ‘No, Sir.’ Now, let me ask you again.’ 

Elisabeth felt her face grow warm. 

‘Are you nineteen years old, Elisabeth?’ 

‘Yes, Sir,’ Elisabeth responded. 

‘And you currently live at home with your parents?’ 

‘Yes, Sir,’ Elisabeth said. 

‘It sounds like you are in an ideal situation, living with your Mum and Dad, not working, not going to school. What do you do to keep productive?’ 

‘I draw.’ 

‘Sir,’ Brayden added, and folded his hands. 

‘I draw, Sir. And I volunteer at a British Heart Foundation charity shop,’ she said. 

‘What do you draw?’ Brayden asked. 

‘Anything, Sir.’ 

‘If I were to open your sketchpad, what would I find?’ 

‘People. I love to watch people and sketch them, Sir,’ she said. 

‘What would you like to do with yourself?’ Brayden asked her. 

‘I don’t know, Sir. I can’t make a living drawing at the moment. I don’t have any qualifications. I never get job offers, so I can’t leave Mum and Dad’s house.’ 

‘How would living here with me change your situation?’ 

‘It wouldn’t. It would give me a completely new situation,’ she said.

Laney on 04/20/2014 07:55pm
I actually read this book and the Short List out of order. At first I was wary of this book because I didn't know how I felt about the two main characters not actually having feelings for one another. After I read the Short List, I just had to read this book too. I am so glad that I read this book because it was such a good story. It had good spanking scenes as well. And, it really played into how much I love the idea of being taken care of completely in the context of a relationship, between two consenting adults, with lots so spanking.
Laney on 04/20/2014 07:55pm
I actually read this book and the Short List out of order. At first I was wary of this book because I didn't know how I felt about the two main characters not actually having feelings for one another. After I read the Short List, I just had to read this book too. I am so glad that I read this book because it was such a good story. It had good spanking scenes as well. And, it really played into how much I love the idea of being taken care of completely in the context of a relationship, between two consenting adults, with lots so spanking.
jeanped on 02/25/2014 08:09am
what a touching and wonderful start to a really terrific series... This first book of is in no way a romance, but as the story progresses... Anyway, I really loved this series, and hope that it is a nice long series...
jeanped on 02/25/2014 08:09am
what a touching and wonderful start to a really terrific series... This first book of is in no way a romance, but as the story progresses... Anyway, I really loved this series, and hope that it is a nice long series...
LJ on 02/21/2014 08:39pm
This a very touching book. I love that Brayden wants to share his wealth and way of life with someone that never had the opportunities he had. Alice is a sweet girl that is lacking a father in her life. Brayden steps in to become that important person. This story has discipline out of love and compassion.
LJ on 02/21/2014 08:39pm
This a very touching book. I love that Brayden wants to share his wealth and way of life with someone that never had the opportunities he had. Alice is a sweet girl that is lacking a father in her life. Brayden steps in to become that important person. This story has discipline out of love and compassion.
drb on 02/15/2014 12:42pm
I loved this book. It was great. I first read Short List and then read this one. I fell in love with the characters in Short List and really enjoyed reading how it all started.
drb on 02/15/2014 12:42pm
I loved this book. It was great. I first read Short List and then read this one. I fell in love with the characters in Short List and really enjoyed reading how it all started.
vicki on 02/06/2014 04:08am
Age play is a new genre for me. I didn't think I'd like this especially minus the romantic connection. However this was extremely well written and I very much enjoyed this book.
vicki on 02/06/2014 04:08am
Age play is a new genre for me. I didn't think I'd like this especially minus the romantic connection. However this was extremely well written and I very much enjoyed this book.
Ellienora on 01/31/2014 06:37am
I really enjoyed this book. At first, the name caught me off guard, and I thought it would be dirty, but after reading the description, It looked interesting. I found that I really enjoyed the progression of the characters and the plot. Brayden and Alice became truly Father and daughter. I didn't like Bennett in this book, but he grew on me in The Shortlist
Ellienora on 01/31/2014 06:37am
I really enjoyed this book. At first, the name caught me off guard, and I thought it would be dirty, but after reading the description, It looked interesting. I found that I really enjoyed the progression of the characters and the plot. Brayden and Alice became truly Father and daughter. I didn't like Bennett in this book, but he grew on me in The Shortlist
Ann on 01/11/2014 07:37pm
I enjoy this story because I'm really touched by how much Brayden cares for Alice. While strict, he is not overly harsh. Alice is also receptive and both came to care for each other as Father daughter as the story develops. A nice and refreshing read. :)
Ann on 01/11/2014 07:37pm
I enjoy this story because I'm really touched by how much Brayden cares for Alice. While strict, he is not overly harsh. Alice is also receptive and both came to care for each other as Father daughter as the story develops. A nice and refreshing read. :)
miki on 12/23/2013 01:16pm
Really enjoyed this unique story. I kept thinking the lines would get blurred between the characters, but it remained sweet and innocent and full of love. Growing up without a father, I could relate to the need of a father figure and found it completely unique that her age was determined by the point at which she should be brought up by. Great read!
miki on 12/23/2013 01:16pm
Really enjoyed this unique story. I kept thinking the lines would get blurred between the characters, but it remained sweet and innocent and full of love. Growing up without a father, I could relate to the need of a father figure and found it completely unique that her age was determined by the point at which she should be brought up by. Great read!
Nichole on 12/23/2013 12:38pm
What a fantastic story by Bella Bryce! This brilliant new author has written deep and complex characters that are truly reflective of the human psyche; their emotions and actions demonstrate exactly how we are created to respond to love - any type of love - with love in return. What is unique about this story is that Brayden's discipline toward Alice is clearly done out of love (one might even say a selfless, God-like love). When Alice steps out of line from the guidelines Brayden has established, he lovingly brings her back with discipline that is just enough to remind her not only that she has turned from his expectations, but also of her desperate need for his guidance. My favorite aspect of this story is that Alice is continually surprised by Brayden's love for her and his patience towards her waywardness. Her response to this shock is (though not always immediately) a growth in her love for and obedience to her new father. The platonic aspect does not in the least take away from the story; in fact, in an unexpected way, it adds to it! Sex (or even romance, at that) isn't needed to keep this story interesting. It is absolutely impossible to not be completely pulled in to Brayden and Alice's world by the way in which Bella Bryce brings us directly into this profound relationship. I am fully engrossed in the growth of these characters; I cannot wait to read more of Bella's stories!
Nichole on 12/23/2013 12:38pm
What a fantastic story by Bella Bryce! This brilliant new author has written deep and complex characters that are truly reflective of the human psyche; their emotions and actions demonstrate exactly how we are created to respond to love - any type of love - with love in return. What is unique about this story is that Brayden's discipline toward Alice is clearly done out of love (one might even say a selfless, God-like love). When Alice steps out of line from the guidelines Brayden has established, he lovingly brings her back with discipline that is just enough to remind her not only that she has turned from his expectations, but also of her desperate need for his guidance. My favorite aspect of this story is that Alice is continually surprised by Brayden's love for her and his patience towards her waywardness. Her response to this shock is (though not always immediately) a growth in her love for and obedience to her new father. The platonic aspect does not in the least take away from the story; in fact, in an unexpected way, it adds to it! Sex (or even romance, at that) isn't needed to keep this story interesting. It is absolutely impossible to not be completely pulled in to Brayden and Alice's world by the way in which Bella Bryce brings us directly into this profound relationship. I am fully engrossed in the growth of these characters; I cannot wait to read more of Bella's stories!
syd c on 12/20/2013 02:03pm
This was one of my favorites showed visibly how much both main characters grew and their impact on the other characters in the book
syd c on 12/20/2013 02:03pm
This was one of my favorites showed visibly how much both main characters grew and their impact on the other characters in the book
Michelle on 12/19/2013 10:52am
It was great to see both Brayden and Alice grow. Brayden took Alice in just to have someone else in his house other then staff and shortly after adopted her (even though she is 18). It really is nice to read about love without romance. Bella Bryce has a way with words and I can't wait to read more of her books.
Michelle on 12/19/2013 10:52am
It was great to see both Brayden and Alice grow. Brayden took Alice in just to have someone else in his house other then staff and shortly after adopted her (even though she is 18). It really is nice to read about love without romance. Bella Bryce has a way with words and I can't wait to read more of her books.
Tia on 12/08/2013 10:00pm
I adored this story. Brayden is a consummate gentleman, rich and powerful and living a Victorian lifestyle in a modern day world. He takes it into his head to find a young woman who could benefit from his care an discipline. Alice is one of the young women who responds, and so starts the journey between the two of them. Brayden is determined to make up for the lack in Alice's life, and to teach her how to behave like a proper young woman. Alice long to be loved, and is willing to submit to Brayden to receive that love, even if it takes many discipline sessions for the changes to become a part of her. This was a wonderfully sweet and loving story, and I can't wait for more from Bella.
Tia on 12/08/2013 10:00pm
I adored this story. Brayden is a consummate gentleman, rich and powerful and living a Victorian lifestyle in a modern day world. He takes it into his head to find a young woman who could benefit from his care an discipline. Alice is one of the young women who responds, and so starts the journey between the two of them. Brayden is determined to make up for the lack in Alice's life, and to teach her how to behave like a proper young woman. Alice long to be loved, and is willing to submit to Brayden to receive that love, even if it takes many discipline sessions for the changes to become a part of her. This was a wonderfully sweet and loving story, and I can't wait for more from Bella.
Vera Dunn on 12/06/2013 07:57pm
This has now taken the spot for my favorite book I have so far read from Blushing Books, no joke. This is a very loving (non-sexual) book of a man who finds fatherhood in a girl who wants to be loved. And they make it work incredibly well. The side characters are just as interesting as the main characters (although the character of Colin, towards the end, gives me a feeling of unease). I can only hope that this becomes a long-lasting series!
Vera Dunn on 12/06/2013 07:57pm
This has now taken the spot for my favorite book I have so far read from Blushing Books, no joke. This is a very loving (non-sexual) book of a man who finds fatherhood in a girl who wants to be loved. And they make it work incredibly well. The side characters are just as interesting as the main characters (although the character of Colin, towards the end, gives me a feeling of unease). I can only hope that this becomes a long-lasting series!
Krista on 12/06/2013 03:30pm
Loved, loved, loved this book! Cannot say enough good things! This was a very different take on age play, one I found to be highly enjoyable! And I say this as someone who does not like AP. In addition, the writing is outstanding!
Krista on 12/06/2013 03:30pm
Loved, loved, loved this book! Cannot say enough good things! This was a very different take on age play, one I found to be highly enjoyable! And I say this as someone who does not like AP. In addition, the writing is outstanding!
JM on 11/30/2013 01:55pm
Great short book! I really enjoyed the story and was glad to see Brayden treat Alice like a daughter. I can't wait to read book two!
JM on 11/30/2013 01:55pm
Great short book! I really enjoyed the story and was glad to see Brayden treat Alice like a daughter. I can't wait to read book two!
Bitty on 11/24/2013 09:03am
Bit of a disappointment really I was persuaded to buy after reading other peoples reviews. I felt it was poorly written compared to most books on this site. A couple of things that struck wrong 1, An English gentleman as staid and traditional as Brayden (and while we are on the subject, hardly an English name) would never wear a tuxedo. 2, Even Buckingham palace doesn't posess a 200 foot room - as the dining room was descibed in the penultimate chapter, never mind a country manor. This book is a bit of a rough diamond, I like the general premise of the story but think it could do with a bit of polishing up, particulary the grammar.
Bitty on 11/24/2013 09:03am
Bit of a disappointment really I was persuaded to buy after reading other peoples reviews. I felt it was poorly written compared to most books on this site. A couple of things that struck wrong 1, An English gentleman as staid and traditional as Brayden (and while we are on the subject, hardly an English name) would never wear a tuxedo. 2, Even Buckingham palace doesn't posess a 200 foot room - as the dining room was descibed in the penultimate chapter, never mind a country manor. This book is a bit of a rough diamond, I like the general premise of the story but think it could do with a bit of polishing up, particulary the grammar.
Star on 11/17/2013 02:37pm
Cute age play novel. However if your looking for romance then this is not your book. This is an age play about disipline and nurturing
Star on 11/17/2013 02:37pm
Cute age play novel. However if your looking for romance then this is not your book. This is an age play about disipline and nurturing
SH on 11/14/2013 06:08am
This is a well written age play with no romance. But it was obvious that Brayden came to care for Alice as a true family member. Didn't care for Bennett at all. Can't wait for book two!
SH on 11/14/2013 06:08am
This is a well written age play with no romance. But it was obvious that Brayden came to care for Alice as a true family member. Didn't care for Bennett at all. Can't wait for book two!
Kristy on 11/10/2013 02:13pm
First, this book is a rare find as the characters have a completely nonsexual relationship. It was nice to watch them go from strangers to family. The H really cared about the h. The British formality was a bit strange at first, but by the end I had been transported into the world of the story and no longer noticed.
Kristy on 11/10/2013 02:13pm
First, this book is a rare find as the characters have a completely nonsexual relationship. It was nice to watch them go from strangers to family. The H really cared about the h. The British formality was a bit strange at first, but by the end I had been transported into the world of the story and no longer noticed.
Vicky on 11/03/2013 10:45am
This is a true age play book and well written. No sexual content, but the punishments are swift and reliable. I think the only thing that disappointed me was Uncle Bennett getting away with treating Alice badly at one point in the book. They seemed to get along fine after, which surprised me. I would recommend this book, it was very entertaining.
Vicky on 11/03/2013 10:45am
This is a true age play book and well written. No sexual content, but the punishments are swift and reliable. I think the only thing that disappointed me was Uncle Bennett getting away with treating Alice badly at one point in the book. They seemed to get along fine after, which surprised me. I would recommend this book, it was very entertaining.
KArc on 10/21/2013 08:44pm
This is a really good story about Brayden who places an ad for a companion. Alice is hired and the relationship kind of unfolds with the story. There is no sex in this relationship, it is a loving father/daughter relationship. The best part of this story is that it is almost constantly a story. There is not a lot of time spent in any characters head as they try to figure out why or second guess every decision. We just get to share in their relationship. The one thing I didn't like was when Bennett punished Alice, it just seemed like petty revenge. Bennett and Alice seem to have overcome that incident but I'm still not sure I like Bennett.
KArc on 10/21/2013 08:44pm
This is a really good story about Brayden who places an ad for a companion. Alice is hired and the relationship kind of unfolds with the story. There is no sex in this relationship, it is a loving father/daughter relationship. The best part of this story is that it is almost constantly a story. There is not a lot of time spent in any characters head as they try to figure out why or second guess every decision. We just get to share in their relationship. The one thing I didn't like was when Bennett punished Alice, it just seemed like petty revenge. Bennett and Alice seem to have overcome that incident but I'm still not sure I like Bennett.
angelia on 10/20/2013 08:21pm
Very well written great story Great plot This is the start of what reads to be a great series wonder when the next will be available
angelia on 10/20/2013 08:21pm
Very well written great story Great plot This is the start of what reads to be a great series wonder when the next will be available
Faith on 10/07/2013 06:59pm
I'm cheering new author Bella Bryce on with this review. The Solicitation has just the right amount of age play, discipline, and punishment. I loved the 2 main characters Brayden and Alice and their father daughter relationship. (There's no romance in this story.) The formality of Brayden's life took me some time to get used to, but in that way it connected me to Alice who had to adapt to this new kind of lifestyle. I'm interested in seeing how Bennett's character develops in the next book. While he started out being a rather mean uncle, his character seemed to be discovering himself and his need for a little girl of his own. So, I'm hopeful for him and Elisabeth. Can't wait to read the next book. Go, Bella, Go!
Faith on 10/07/2013 06:59pm
I'm cheering new author Bella Bryce on with this review. The Solicitation has just the right amount of age play, discipline, and punishment. I loved the 2 main characters Brayden and Alice and their father daughter relationship. (There's no romance in this story.) The formality of Brayden's life took me some time to get used to, but in that way it connected me to Alice who had to adapt to this new kind of lifestyle. I'm interested in seeing how Bennett's character develops in the next book. While he started out being a rather mean uncle, his character seemed to be discovering himself and his need for a little girl of his own. So, I'm hopeful for him and Elisabeth. Can't wait to read the next book. Go, Bella, Go!
Ella on 10/07/2013 09:26am
I really did like this book, except for one thing. It is listed as Erotica - Age Play. The Age Play was very well done, and I loved the way the writter writes, but I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed as there is absolutely no erotica at all in this book. Over all though, very cute, and it may be one I read again. Brayden really did care about Alice, and even though she is stunned by how he wants her to live, thrives under his love and attention. He really did want what was best for her, and I found this very endearing.
Ella on 10/07/2013 09:26am
I really did like this book, except for one thing. It is listed as Erotica - Age Play. The Age Play was very well done, and I loved the way the writter writes, but I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed as there is absolutely no erotica at all in this book. Over all though, very cute, and it may be one I read again. Brayden really did care about Alice, and even though she is stunned by how he wants her to live, thrives under his love and attention. He really did want what was best for her, and I found this very endearing.
Karen on 10/04/2013 01:47pm
Very powerful dynamic. There were points where there was a feeling of force despite her being there willingly. Yet you could feel her settling into the life. And I think even Brayden was surprised at his feelings. The only real check I had was the unsettled feeling I got from the guy at the dinner party. He seems like a real potential threat and I was glad to see Brayden was watchful.
Karen on 10/04/2013 01:47pm
Very powerful dynamic. There were points where there was a feeling of force despite her being there willingly. Yet you could feel her settling into the life. And I think even Brayden was surprised at his feelings. The only real check I had was the unsettled feeling I got from the guy at the dinner party. He seems like a real potential threat and I was glad to see Brayden was watchful.
Laurel on 10/01/2013 01:22pm
This was an intriguing story. The young man was very isolated and alone. He wanted to be loved as a father and sex was not an issue but the spanking. Of his adopted daughter was a bonus and she came to love him as family. I am looking forward to the. Sequel.
Laurel on 10/01/2013 01:22pm
This was an intriguing story. The young man was very isolated and alone. He wanted to be loved as a father and sex was not an issue but the spanking. Of his adopted daughter was a bonus and she came to love him as family. I am looking forward to the. Sequel.
Adele on 09/29/2013 04:02pm
I liked this book, it was an interesting read. I liked the charicters (well maybe not Bennett) but I guess not likung a charictor is good too. I had a hard time really engaging with anyone, because thay were all so formal. That said I will get the next book, maybe i'll get use to the formality.
Adele on 09/29/2013 04:02pm
I liked this book, it was an interesting read. I liked the charicters (well maybe not Bennett) but I guess not likung a charictor is good too. I had a hard time really engaging with anyone, because thay were all so formal. That said I will get the next book, maybe i'll get use to the formality.
JC on 09/26/2013 07:19pm
This is an author that I will be looking forward to reading again. This is the best ageplay book I have read. The relationship is truly one of father and daughter. The concept of making her younger order to teach her properly not to just allow freedom to play or freedom from responsibilities is incredible. I just finished this book and already want to read it again. I can't wait for book 2!
JC on 09/26/2013 07:19pm
This is an author that I will be looking forward to reading again. This is the best ageplay book I have read. The relationship is truly one of father and daughter. The concept of making her younger order to teach her properly not to just allow freedom to play or freedom from responsibilities is incredible. I just finished this book and already want to read it again. I can't wait for book 2!
anon on 09/26/2013 05:14pm
I enjoyed this story of reeducation. Brayden makes a good father figure, even though that was a rushed decision. Bennett, however, is a mean, jealous, vindictive liar. He is jealous of Brayden, too fearful to step out on his own, and is hateful to Alice. He acts immaturely, Alice calls him on it and he punishes her until she says she lied about the incident and apologizes. He looks for ways to get her punished. He needs to go. I want Elizabeth to turn him down, but I know she won't. I'd rather Bennett's brother have a loving daughter. He's wonderful. Hopefully he'll kick Bennett's butt in the next story. I can only hope. All in all though, Bennett's behavior could not ruin the story. It's worth the read. I do agree with the review that commented on how realistic and consistent the punishments were. That was a nice change.
anon on 09/26/2013 05:14pm
I enjoyed this story of reeducation. Brayden makes a good father figure, even though that was a rushed decision. Bennett, however, is a mean, jealous, vindictive liar. He is jealous of Brayden, too fearful to step out on his own, and is hateful to Alice. He acts immaturely, Alice calls him on it and he punishes her until she says she lied about the incident and apologizes. He looks for ways to get her punished. He needs to go. I want Elizabeth to turn him down, but I know she won't. I'd rather Bennett's brother have a loving daughter. He's wonderful. Hopefully he'll kick Bennett's butt in the next story. I can only hope. All in all though, Bennett's behavior could not ruin the story. It's worth the read. I do agree with the review that commented on how realistic and consistent the punishments were. That was a nice change.
Abbie on 09/24/2013 07:51pm
The Solicitation is an absolutely wonderful and refreshing story. It has reached the No. 1 spot on my top ten list of stories and I highly doubt anything will ever be able to top it. Since having bought it the day it was introduced I've already read it several times and intend to read it again and again. I don't think I could ever tire of it. It is also the ONLY book that I have read that truly made me want to give a rating and review. I have read some fantastic books and I tend to have my favorite authors, however, never has a book spoke to me on the same level as this book has and made me want to share my thoughts with others. I want to thank Bella Bryce for her amazing imagination and writing skills, and for sharing it. At first I had my doubts that the story would truly appeal to me. I really wasn't interested in reading about another extremely strict formal disciplinarian who's style ends up impersonal, unforgiving, selfish and frankly unrealistic. Other than the strict formal disciplinarian you won't find any of the above in this story. While the setting and characters are definitely formal, there is plenty of love, warmth and grace. Also the story is written with enough detail that it’s easy to imagine you are right there in Waldorf Manor watching the life of these people unfold. The proverbial fly on the wall. Several of the most refreshing attributes of this story are first, no sex scenes. While I enjoy reading well placed, meaningful sex scenes between loving characters in erotic novels as much as the next person, in age play/regression novels it simply is not needed. And as this story proves it is possible to enjoy the loving relationship between a father and his adopted daughter as it stands in its own right. Second, the discipline/punishment administered is not completely over the top but instead a reasonable amount delivered consistently for breaking the rules or misbehavior. I never got the feeling the author wrote the punishment scenes to be bigger and 'better' than the last just because she figured that was what the readers wanted. The punishments fit the crime each and every time or were in-line with the setting of the story and characters. They were some of the most realistic discipline/punishments scenes I have ever read to date. Third, is how Bella Bryce handles the struggles of Alice accepting her new age. Instead of threatening to kick Alice out, manipulate her, or appeal to Alice's 'adult' self and try to reason with her by pointing out that she came looking for this life, the author writes her dominant figure as one who fully embraces his role as the father, and Alice as his daughter, and 'teaches' her what happens to little girls who try to reject what their father deems necessary. Just as any loving biological father would to his defiant child. And last but not least, the story isn’t rushed. There is a slow natural progression of character development that leaves the reader feeling ready for the next scene and the move forward. There are no unexplained leaps in the story that leave you scratching your head about how the characters get to the next point. I am excited, and a bit nervous about reading book 2. I can only hope that Brayden and Alice’s story continues to be told even as other characters are explored and created. Thanks again for a truly well written, wonderful story!
Abbie on 09/24/2013 07:51pm
The Solicitation is an absolutely wonderful and refreshing story. It has reached the No. 1 spot on my top ten list of stories and I highly doubt anything will ever be able to top it. Since having bought it the day it was introduced I've already read it several times and intend to read it again and again. I don't think I could ever tire of it. It is also the ONLY book that I have read that truly made me want to give a rating and review. I have read some fantastic books and I tend to have my favorite authors, however, never has a book spoke to me on the same level as this book has and made me want to share my thoughts with others. I want to thank Bella Bryce for her amazing imagination and writing skills, and for sharing it. At first I had my doubts that the story would truly appeal to me. I really wasn't interested in reading about another extremely strict formal disciplinarian who's style ends up impersonal, unforgiving, selfish and frankly unrealistic. Other than the strict formal disciplinarian you won't find any of the above in this story. While the setting and characters are definitely formal, there is plenty of love, warmth and grace. Also the story is written with enough detail that it۪s easy to imagine you are right there in Waldorf Manor watching the life of these people unfold. The proverbial fly on the wall. Several of the most refreshing attributes of this story are first, no sex scenes. While I enjoy reading well placed, meaningful sex scenes between loving characters in erotic novels as much as the next person, in age play/regression novels it simply is not needed. And as this story proves it is possible to enjoy the loving relationship between a father and his adopted daughter as it stands in its own right. Second, the discipline/punishment administered is not completely over the top but instead a reasonable amount delivered consistently for breaking the rules or misbehavior. I never got the feeling the author wrote the punishment scenes to be bigger and 'better' than the last just because she figured that was what the readers wanted. The punishments fit the crime each and every time or were in-line with the setting of the story and characters. They were some of the most realistic discipline/punishments scenes I have ever read to date. Third, is how Bella Bryce handles the struggles of Alice accepting her new age. Instead of threatening to kick Alice out, manipulate her, or appeal to Alice's 'adult' self and try to reason with her by pointing out that she came looking for this life, the author writes her dominant figure as one who fully embraces his role as the father, and Alice as his daughter, and 'teaches' her what happens to little girls who try to reject what their father deems necessary. Just as any loving biological father would to his defiant child. And last but not least, the story isn۪t rushed. There is a slow natural progression of character development that leaves the reader feeling ready for the next scene and the move forward. There are no unexplained leaps in the story that leave you scratching your head about how the characters get to the next point. I am excited, and a bit nervous about reading book 2. I can only hope that Brayden and Alice۪s story continues to be told even as other characters are explored and created. Thanks again for a truly well written, wonderful story!
Lb on 09/22/2013 10:23pm
This book was fantastic! It was a lengthy read, great character development, and I can't wait for the second book to come out! Outstanding!
Lb on 09/22/2013 10:23pm
This book was fantastic! It was a lengthy read, great character development, and I can't wait for the second book to come out! Outstanding!
MW on 09/21/2013 11:03pm
I loved the ageplay story by new author Bella Bryce. Alice is a young woman who grew up without love, support, guidance, and discipline. She receives all of this from Brayden James. Brayden is a formal, strict disciplinarian father figure. Together Brayden and Alice build a loving/ caring father daughter relationship. Their family also includes 2 strict uncles who do not hesitate to discipline. I look forward to reading more of Bella Bryce's books.
MW on 09/21/2013 11:03pm
I loved the ageplay story by new author Bella Bryce. Alice is a young woman who grew up without love, support, guidance, and discipline. She receives all of this from Brayden James. Brayden is a formal, strict disciplinarian father figure. Together Brayden and Alice build a loving/ caring father daughter relationship. Their family also includes 2 strict uncles who do not hesitate to discipline. I look forward to reading more of Bella Bryce's books.

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