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31 Flavors of Kink

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Previously published as "31 Flavors"
Based on a true story.
There are some things in life you have to try before you know how they will affect you.
After 5 years of awful sex, I was ready. Bondage and spanking had always featured in my fantasies, and one day, I convinced my husband to try them. That day was a turning point.

Ice cream comes in many flavors and that’s us too --
ebook, Re-release from Loose Id of 31 Flavors, 148 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Loose Id (first published February 8th 2012)
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Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
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Based on a true story, 31 Flavors delves into the lives of two real people discovering how BDSM fits into their lives. It’s serious, funny, sad, and HOT all wrapped up in a wonderful story with very relatable characters.

Sidney and Nick have been married for five years. They are the best of friends with a deep love for one another, just not the best of lovers. Their journey takes us through Sidney’s discovery of her own desires with BDSM; all the way to how they decide to fit it i
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I was looking forward to this story as I understand the situation this wife finds herself in. Sidney is looking for something more in her sexual life. She's hoping to convince her husband to try his hand at some BDSM with her. I know several women in this situation, myself included. I eagerly looked forward to how Sidney turned Nick into the "Dom" of her dreams. I've read several other books with this same exact theme in the past year. Since this is based on a true story, I was even more excited ...more
Riane Kinky Book Reviews
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Sidney is your average married woman. She has a good relationship with her husband, decent job, nice life, but Sidney has a secret. She loves reading BDSM erotic romance. Even her husband doesn't know exactly what she reads. When she finds a book about a married couple where the husband learns to be a Dom and she thinks, "what if...."

I don't know about you, but that sounds a lot like me. I love closing my eyes and placing my husband and myself into a hot scene
Feb 19, 2012 Candace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I wasn't sure if I was going to review this book or not. It's based on a true story, and a very emotional and personal one at that. It's not my desire or intention to marginalize anyone's experiences so please keep that in mind before becoming offended by my dislike of this book.

At the risk of sounding like a bitch, I have to ask why in the bloody hell Sidney isn't in therapy if she can't have sex with her husband without feeling the way she does. Clearly she's not over her rape or
Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Jan 24, 2012 Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance genre fans that like their story spicy and emotional; BDSM erotica readers
Recommended to Laurielu by: authors
4.5 Stars

31 Flavors by Leia Shaw and Cari Silverwood is a poingant journey of Sidney’s sexual awakening and the toll it could possibly take on her marriage if she reveals her predilections in the bedroom to her husband of five years, Nick. This book is very beguiling and written from the perspective of Sidney. Her personality is heartwarmingly organic. The reader is not being sold on a made up feeling person with a perfect figure and beautiful features much like a Barbie doll. Sid is a “real” pe
Feb 06, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing
I really loved the book. A friend of mine said that there are some books that stay with you and affect you for a long, long time. One of those books for me is “The Reluctant Dom” by Tymber Dalton. I think that this one may be another one. I just can’t get it out of my head… It is resonating big-time in my brain… I think it may be because I can relate a lot to it. It seems to be written honestly. What I mean is, even though it was based on a true story, it could have been written to be “larger th ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Shanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, bdsm, humour
Ok it took me a little while to get into. But I'm bemused at some of the negative comments, why does a woman having sexual needs make her high maintenance or somehow wrong, yet a man having his partner meet his needs is a alpha or masterful. The dichotomy, the dichotomy...
And the comments that she is whingy it's her internal monologue, whose internal monologue isn't whingy. Seriously...
Ok back to the book. I love that this is a story of a couple finding their own way. It was ultimately a love s
Holly Full Moon Bites Book Reviews

May have slight spoilers.

I really, really enjoyed this novel. I do not know what I expected when I started reading but I knew with the first page that I already liked it.

In this novel, we meet, Sidney and Nick a married couple of five years, they only have sex everyone and a while—not because they do not like each other but Sidney just can't seem to ‘get into it’ their sex just doesn’t do it for her. She contributes most of this to her past, but finds she may like sex more than she thought; the
I was a little surprised and immensely curious about 31 flavors when I learned it is an erotic novella based on a true story.

I was even more intrigued to learn that Nick and Sidney are a couple who are in their 30's and have been married for 5 years. Due to circumstances surrounding Sidney's past, she is not able to enjoy making love to her husband. As a matter of fact, I'd say it was barely tolerable.

But there is something that does interest Sidney....right to her core ;) But she's afraid that
Jan 31, 2012 Dawn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
31 Flavors is different from anything I’ve read before. A large part of that is probably because I know it is based on a true story. It’s one thing to jump into a book and go along for the ride when you know none of it is real, but it’s an entirely different experience to realize there are real people and real emotions behind the story.

The authors, Cari Silverwood and Leia Shaw, have put together a book that touches the reader on so many levels. Be prepared for a wonderfully emotional ride that
Nerine Dorman
Jan 26, 2012 Nerine Dorman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done to Leia and Cari for this offering. It's probably one of the best BDSM erotica tales I've read in ages. The dialogue, characters... it all had a ring of authenticity, and did a lot to help me get into the headspace of someone who's interested in alternative forms of play. [grins]. The sex scenes are blistering, and what really made it for me was seeing how Sid and Nick get their relationship fired up again. Bearing in mind that the path to fulfillment is hardly smooth, this makes for a ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Silent_count rated it it was amazing
You wanna know the best thing about e-books? They're malleable - if there's something you don't like, it's easy enough to change. I'm telling you because this book mentions a Mistress Helvetica. The name puts me in mind of a sexy lady in a leather corset (oh, the pain of doing research!) who gets her kicks... by sitting at a desk and designing fonts. Probably not what the authors had in mind but, thanks to the magic that are e-books, it took about a minute to re-christen her to "Mistress Jane" ( ...more
This was one of those books that felt sweetly real to me. Neither Sidney or Nick are experienced in the BDSM lifestyle at the start of their story and they have to feel along and find the things that work for them as the story progresses. And they don't always get things right. They have to figure out their boundaries with one another and they really have no prior experience to draw from. In a lot of ways that's what makes their story so touching because as they're learning the ropes (har, har) ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the fact this novella is based on a true story. It made it so much more romantic and touching for me. Being based in fact changed the story for me and gave it more depth than the other BDSM stories I’ve read. This was a lot of fun to read, a definite page turner. Funny, sweet and incredibly sexy!

Sidney and Nick have been happily married for five years, the only problem they have is the awful sex. Sidney decides she wants to try out some of her bondage and spanking fantasies,
Heather in FL
This book was very interesting. My heart broke for Sidney so many times in the story. It broke for Nick as well. But you knew there was real love between them. I thought Sidney was brave for telling Nick what she felt she needed, even though it would likely be out of his comfort zone. But I loved that when Sidney got negative reaction from the forum she was on, how Nick explained the "31 flavors"... somewhere between vanilla and rocky road. They could pick where they wanted to be... it didn't ha ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Ava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was unlike any book that I have read in the BDSM genre. Sidney and Nick have been married for 5 year and due to abuse issues in Sidneys past, enjoyment of sex is a huge issue for her. Through reading erotic novels Sidney finds the key to what her heart desires. Nick is willing to do whatever it takes for Sidney and he to have that intimate connection. But just like the real life story this is based on....Life, emotions, and disappointments get in the way. T ...more
Feb 14, 2012 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: naughties, bdsm-ish
Mark it down as a Valentine's treat! Loved the concept...that love/sex isn't vanilla OR BDSM...that real life allows for "Rocky Road" and many flavors.

It was engaging to see Sid struggle with being honest about her needs and sexy to see Nick interpret those wishes. Honestly, it was more good experimental home sex than BDSM, but great look at what real people might do with what they read.

My only complaint was that Nicks behavior 2/3 through the book didn't ring true for me, though it's a small qu
Casea Major
Jan 30, 2012 Casea Major rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sidney is a woman who has a loving husband but issues with sex due to childhood trauma. After five years of "bad" sex. She and her husband determine to try BDSM, which ends up revolutionizing their sex lives and brings them closer together.

I really loved this story. I don't read a lot of BDSM. I prefer DD/HOH stories. But this one rang genuine and sincere. It didn't surprise me to learn it was based on a true story. The voice is authentic, and the story well-written. Even if you're not into BDSM
Dark Haven
Mar 08, 2012 Dark Haven rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love is such a powerful feeling and motivator; especially that love for a spouse or life partner. What would any of us do to keep that love in our lives? Would we suffer through 5 years of bad sex? Would we risk losing that love for true sexual expression and fulfillment? Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. Sidney has got to be one of the most courageous ‘characters’ I’ve ever read. In essence, she’s risking her marriage in order to embark on a sexual journey she won’t be 100% sure ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall Perspective: Highly Recommended. Therepudic in its own way to be honest.

Warning: There may be some triggers for those who have an unsavory history containing sexual abuse.

A gripping erotic romance.

I found 31 Flavors to be a very difficult book to put down and one I couldn't wait to pick up again as soon as I could.

The writing style of the two authors is incredible. Their ability to seamlessly weave the story together left no idea at all that it was co-authored. The plot and pace of the r
Feb 01, 2012 SassySami rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Still suffering from an adolescent trauma, Sydney has never enjoyed sex and often freaks out when her husband touches her, instinctually afraid. She is, however, unexplainably interested in stories of bondage and pain. One evening, when her husband asks what she is reading, she tells him the truth, that she is reading a book about bondage, and is happily surprised when he reacts with interest rather than disgust. She soon discovers that not all sex frightens her. What follows is the story of how ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Cec rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm
I found, 31 Flavors to be a very emotional read and with lots of laugh out loud moments.
Nick and Sidney, have been married for 5 years.
Their once in a while sex life is very boring and vanilla.
A lot has happened in Sidney's past, which makes her feel broken and damaged.

Nick loves his wife and he'll do anything to make her happy, even
trying BDSM. Sidney wants it and needs it. They realise they don't need a book or
people to tell them whats right for them.They both make lots of mistakes
and learn
May 31, 2012 Heidi rated it it was amazing
This book hit so many triggers for me. I completely related to Sidney. Having gone through the same issues and eventual curiosity of the BDSM lifestyle; I immediately 'became' the main character. This book made me laugh, cry, pant and cheer. The emotional roller coaster was worth it at the end of the book. With the recent success of 50 Shades of Grey, this book could almost be a primer for all of the people now curious about the lifestyle. It will help them realize that there is no cookie cutter ...more
Cassandra Carr
Jul 22, 2012 Cassandra Carr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A realistic (it's a true story) look at a couple trying to liven up their marriage by injecting a little kink into it. This is going to sound corny, but you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll see yourself or someone you know in one of the characters. I applaud the way Leia Shaw and Cari Silverwood seemed to handle the telling of the story with great care. It was obvious they wanted to portray the experience accurately and with tact, but also with truth. If you're looking for a BDSM that "tells it like ...more
Feb 16, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
31 Flavors is a short, funny, sexy read that I absolutely adored. The fact that Sidney and Nick have problems, struggle through them, and have fun during sex is just the cherry on top of my sundae. It also shows the reader that no one else has the right to label your sex life, tell you that you're 'doing it wrong', or that you aren't a true Dom/sub. It is how you and your lover define it--the rest doesn't matter.

Erzabet Bishop
This book was a scorcher all the way, but I really liked how it gave you a real life scenario and how one woman was able to bring BDSM into her marriage. Spicy and a real page turner. Must read. Stay tuned for an interview on http://erzabetsenchantments.blogspot....

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Feb 13, 2012 Joanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book from joint authors Leia Shaw and Cari Silverwood. An emotional and wonderful read as the couple in the book work through the needs of a BDSM relationship. Exploring and accepting eachothers needs. It is worth the read definitely. So do yourself the favor if you are wanting a great read get the book;)
Tamaria Soana
Feb 13, 2012 Tamaria Soana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hats of the these two authors for writing a book that hopefully touched many lives.
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Jim Lyon
Sep 28, 2013 Jim Lyon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm
31 Flavors of Kink
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I really, really enjoyed this novel. I do not know what I expected when I started reading but I knew with the first page that I already liked it.
In this novel, we meet, Sidney and Nick a married couple of five years, they only have sex every once and a while - not because they do not like each other but Sidney just can’t seem to “get into it” - their sex just doesn't do it for her. She contributes most of this to her past, but finds she may like se
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