Celebrity in the 21st Century: A Reference Handbook

Celebrity in the 21st Century: A Reference Handbook

Celebrity in the 21st Century: A Reference Handbook

Celebrity in the 21st Century: A Reference Handbook

Synopsis

The continuing story of Savannah Gentry (now Savi Baker) and Damián Orlando from Masters at Arms and Nobody's Hero.Savannah/Savi escaped the abuse, torture, and degradation forced upon her by a sadistic father for eleven years and has made a safe life for herself and her daughter. When her father threatens her peace of mind-and her daughter's safety-Savi runs to Damián Orlando for protection. Eight years earlier, young Savannah shared one perfect day with Damián that changed both their young lives and resulted in a secret she can no longer hide. But being with Damián reawakens repressed memories and feelings she does want to keep hidden-buried. At Damián's private Masters at Arms Club, she discovers that sexual healing might be achieved through sadomasochism administered by a loving Service Top named Damián.Damián, a wounded warrior, has had his own dragons to fight in life, but has never forgotten Savannah. He will lay down his life to protect Savi and her daughter, but doesn't believe he can offer more than that. She deserves a whole man, something he can never be after a firefight in Iraq. Damián also has turned to SM to regain control of his life and emotions and fulfills the role of Service Top to "bottoms" in the club in need of catharsis by whipping or other SM practices he is skilled at delivering. But he could never deliver that level of pain to Savi, who needs someone gentle and loving, not the man he has become. But when Savi witnesses a cathartic whipping scene on her first night at the club-delivered by Damián-she begins to wonder if Damián could also help her regain control of her life and reclaim her sexuality and identity.The Rescue Me series should be read in order. This couple appears in Masters at Arms (Intro & #1) and Nobody's Hero (#3) prior to this book and by skipping books, readers will miss major parts of their journey to their Happily Ever After beginning.

Excerpt

One of the popular features on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is a segment called “Jaywalking.” Leno, microphone in hand, stops individuals on the street and asks them simple questions: “Who gave America the Statue of Liberty?” “How many lungs do you have?” “What are the three branches of the federal government?” “Which weighs more: a pound of muscle or a pound of fat?” Naturally, the audience laughs when they give the wrong answers. Still, we are inclined to forgive these poorly informed folks for their lack of specific knowledge. After all, most people work hard just to get by; those questions have little to do with everyday life and are therefore not important to them. It might be interesting, however, if Leno were to ask these people on the street to name two or three celebrities. Chances are everyone could come up with a correct answer. We may not know our history, our physiology, or our weights and measures, but we know our celebrities. This says something about contemporary culture.

Contemporary culture is, for all practical purposes, popular culture. Media—that is, radio, television, magazines, music, video games, the Internet, film, and all the rest—are what we are most interested in and pay the most attention to. Celebrities are one of popular culture’s most important products. There are many other pop culture products, of course: YouTube, Facebook, Hip-Hop music, the movies, and American Idol, to name a few. Celebrities owe their recognition to these and other aspects of popular culture that provide the means for them to implant themselves firmly in the minds and hearts of the public. Because celebrities are important to many of us, understanding what celebrity is all about can be useful in helping us understand ourselves.

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