Review: The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

Review:  The Deep End by Kristen AshleyThe Deep End by Kristen Ashley
Published by St. Martin's Griffin March 7th, 2017
Genres: Erotica, Erotica Romance
Pages: 454
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Also by this author: At Peace
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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one's darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley

I’m going to tell you a secret.   I totally signed up for an ARC of this book without even reading the blurb.  All I knew is that it was written by Kristen Ashley, and it was erotica.  

That’s it.

And then right before I started to read it, I checked on Goodreads to see what was being said so far…and that’s when I learned that the premise behind The Deep End was a Domme female, and an alpha male who is her submissive.

I was so surprised, and maybe a wee bit hesitant.  I’ve read a handful of male sub books and I can only remember ONE where I was able to connect to the characters and enjoy the story line.  And really, typical romance glorifies male characters dominating in the bedroom…  and this is the opposite.  

Reviews were mixed on GR, and I was even more hesitant.  But I jumped in… and I’m actually really glad I did.

Let me start by saying this…  if you’re going to read this book because you’re a huge KA fan and you love her writing style (quirky heroines, mega-alpha males, tons of silly shenanigans), and that’s the only reason… DON’T.   Her writing in this book is very, very different from her previous work.  If your expectations are to get a Rock Chick story, you will be so incredibly disappointed.  (Actually, if I didn’t know this book was by Kristen Ashley, I would have thought it was a new story from Ella Frank.  Have you read her Masters Among Monsters series?!  I swear the writing style is SO CLOSE to that.  It’s a bit different and can take time to really get the hang of the flow and connect to the character’s voice.  But once you do, you’re there and it’s magical.)

BUT, if your mind is open to a different writing style from her, and you’re into erotica and BDSM stories… DO IT!

Any hesitation I had about KA  portraying an alpha sub male was obliterated.  Trust me, a man can be a submissive and still be alpha.  He can still test his dom and try to have authority inside and outside the bedroom.  The book has a ton of sex… and I really, really liked it.  It was good BDSM, if that makes sense.  You can really tell when an author has either first hand experience or has truly researched that community when you read BDSM books, and KA’s scenes are phenomenally executed.

Overall, I think it was a very sexy story.  I really enjoyed the entire club she has her characters in, and I really liked a lot of the secondary cast.  I can see so much potential for following books, because the characters are interesting, mysterious, sexy and witty.

There were times I had trouble connecting to the characters as a couple, and there was some lingo used a lot that I didn’t love, but as an overall story I think it was good and I’m glad KA is dipping her toes into the erotica genre.   If you like BDSM and hot sex…  definitely give it a  try.

 

 

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.


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Review: Turbulence by Whitney G.

Review: Turbulence by Whitney G.Turbulence by Whitney G.
Published by Whitney G. August 30, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica Romance
Pages: 412
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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He and I met under a cloud of clichés:
Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy screws girl.

Our story was supposed to end right after the orgasms, right after we went our separate ways.

But then we saw each other again…

And neither of us could walk away.

Our rules were simple.
Our passion was scandalous.
Our hearts were supposed to be safe…

But when you find something so all-consuming—something so intoxicating and inescapable, you’ll risk everything you’ve ever had, even if you’re destined to crash and burn.

This is us.
This is our messed up love.
This is turbulence.

Pre-boarding & Boarding Announcement:
Good morning romance readers. This is the pre-boarding announcement for Black Heart Reviews review of TURBULENCE by Whitney G. We are now inviting those readers who have been anxiously waiting for this new release, and any readers who love a cocky hero, to begin boarding at this time. Regular boarding will begin in approximately two seconds.

Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign. If you haven’t already done so, please make sure your eReader is charged and ready to go because Whitney G. is about to take you on a ride riddled with passion, family drama, angst, heartache and Whitney’s patented knock your socks off love scenes.

Safety Briefing:
We remind you that this book has a dirty talking, cocky, Alpha hero. Readers who have an aversion to dirty-talking, cocky, Alpha heroes are prohibited on the entire aircraft, including the lavatories.

Now, if you’re a fan of the dirty talk, try holding on to your panties because Jake C. Weston is set on annihilating them. The filth that comes out of Whitney’s heroes mouths is one of the main reasons why she is an automatic buy author for me. The dirtier their mouths are the better, and Jake C. Weston is in fine form when he’s DTF. Let’s take a moment to read what kind of filth comes out of this sexy beast…

“I won’t be the guy you think you can call when you need to talk to someone. Unless it’s about how wet your pussy is, I don’t want your name on my call log, and I don’t need you thinking we’ll ever be friends.”

“We can talk tonight. We can talk about whatever the hell you want to talk about.”

“Tonight as in ‘the morning’ when we actually land in Paris, or ‘tonight’ as in right now?”

“Tonight as in right after we leave this restroom, as in right after I make you turn around against that door and remind you who your pussy belongs to.”

“What’s your favorite type of woman?”

“What?”

“You know, blonde, brunette, redhead. Those types.”

“I’ve never had a type.”

“Why not?”

“Because there’s not way for me to tell what a woman’s pussy is like just by looking at the color of the hair on her head.”

Gah! He is sooooo the Jerk of my dreams! Forget the hearts and flowers type of guy. Someone get me a Jake C. Weston, STAT! This man is on FIYAH!  😈 

Turbulence:
Ladies and gentlemen, the Captain has turned on the fasten seat belt sign. We are now crossing a zone of turbulence. Please return your seats and keep your seat belts fastened. And for real, keep those seat belts fastened because Whitney G. has her jets set on full throttle and she don’t give a f*ck about your emotions.

As always, things are never smooth sailing for Whitney’s couples. Jake is a classic commitment phobe who was content on having emotionless sexual relationships with women in all the area codes. But things quickly change when he meets Gillian, a headstrong young woman that ignites a hunger in Jake that he hasn’t experienced in a long time. Jake’s insists that their relationship can be nothing more than hot f*cks in layover cities or airport bathrooms, but Gillian ins’t having any of that and makes a valiant effort to plant herself in Jake’s stubborn mind and hardened heart. Gillian and Jake’s complicated love story felt like a never-ending back and forth swing that wreaked havoc on an otherwise passionate and intense relationship, and I was simply glued to the pages wanting more and more of this couple. 

But Gillian and Jake’s push and pull relationship wasn’t the only thing that had me holding on to my seat. Whitney throws in some family drama that always kept you on edge and wondering what the hell could be wrong with these people. I really wanted to throat punch every single member of Gillian’s pompous family. They were not nice people and it really made me admire Gillian’s strength and determination to not heed to their expectations of what they thought she needed to be. As for Jake’s family…well, there was some serious fucked-upness going on there. The deeply rooted lies and secrets of his family will disturb you, and make you as angry and jilted as Jake was. I loved discovering what made Jack the way he was, and I loved seeing the tender and heart aching moments that really made you understand where all his hate and resentment came from. Whitney definitely played with my emotions during some scenes and had my eyes wet with tears.


Landing:

On behalf of Black Heart Reviews and the entire crew, I’d like to thank Whitney G. for bringing me on this journey called TURBULENCE. I was practically salivating on my Kindle while reading Gillian and Jake’s explosive love story. Whitney is a master at combining witty banter, passionate love stories and HOT sex that’ll set your face on fire. The witty banter was on point. The humor was on point. The sex is ALWAYS on point. This book was everything I’ve come to love about Whitney and her writing, and was the perfect remedy to get me out of my most recent reading funk.

The wait for this book felt excruciatingly long, but the end result was totally worth it. Whitney G’s books are always enjoyable and I will always look forward to whatever hot read she has coming next. If you’ve been waiting on this book as long as I have, don’t wait any longer to read it. RUN to Amazon or B&N or wherever and purchase this book now!

 
 

About Whitney G.

A self diagnosed candy addict, travel junkie, and hypochondriac, Whitney Gracia Williams LOVES to write about characters that make you laugh, cry, and want to (in the case of Claire Gracen) reach through your Kindle and slap them.

She is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Reasonable Doubt,the Mid Life Love Series, the Jilted Bride Series, the My Last Resolution Series, Wasted Love, and Captain of My Soul.

When she’s not locked inside her room, feverishly typing away on her laptop, she can be found here:


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