idk. there were parts of this I really liked but parts I found incredibly frustrating. I'm not hot for SWAT and action manly man heroes so that reallyidk. there were parts of this I really liked but parts I found incredibly frustrating. I'm not hot for SWAT and action manly man heroes so that really flat for me, and I felt like the BDSM sexual arc of the story was built up and then disappeared into more average alpha male and the one woman who melts his heart meh. The final sex scene was completely vanilla, and though there was a throwaway reference to their ongoing kink dynamic, I didn't get to see them exploring domination and submission as a committed couple, so I kind of felt cheated as a reader going in with a certain expectation.
Which is very much a case of THIS BOOK WAS NOT WRITTEN EXACTLY HOW I WANTED IT TO BE WITH MY SPECIFIC PREFERENCES IN MIND WAH WAH WAH. ;)
If you're into brooding alpha SWAT manly abs heroes but would like a slightly different take on sexual dynamics with them, this book may be a perfect fit for you....more
Let me explain you a thing: I love series like Rome and Spartacus for their decadent, wicked, delightI can't even describe how much I loved this book.
Let me explain you a thing: I love series like Rome and Spartacus for their decadent, wicked, delightfully despicable female noblewomen characters. This book is like that: except with wall to wall sex. Princess Shanyin is unapologetic, powerful, lustful . . . and her world is spinning out of control thanks to the behaviour of her brother, the Emperor. There's political intrigue, danger, violence, and THIRTY MALE CONCUBINES. and one nobleman she's compelled to serve her, who won't submit and thus becomes the object of the title Obsession.
It's so sexy and luscious, and I loved Princess Shanyin from the first line of the first page. Will be purchasing and devouring the next two books in this series in short order.
Highly recommended if you, like me, enjoy powerful, shameless women getting into all kinds of trouble in debauched historical settings.
And orgies. And threesomes. And so much pussy eating.
:melts into a puddle:
oh and before you think this is all sex sex sex, there's genuine danger and violence and heartbreak and fear, too.
If premium cable made a miniseries of this with a cast of the world's sexiest East Asian actors, I could die happy....more
Reasons I hated this book: - the cliche setup. which probably wasn't cliche back when it was written (way back in 2004 which is like a million yeaARGH!
Reasons I hated this book: - the cliche setup. which probably wasn't cliche back when it was written (way back in 2004 which is like a million years ago when dinosaurs still roamed the earth in ebook years), but nowadays it's like OH LORD UNDERCOVER COP IN AN EXCLUSIVE BDSM CLUB FULL OF BEAUTIFUL RICH BDSM PEOPLE SOLVING BDSM MURDERS! - head hopping. not only did the POV switch between the two mains from paragraph to paragraph without warning or fanfare, but we occasionally got to pop into other (seriously secondary) characters' heads as well. I found this super jarring. I dunno if it was supposed to be omniscient or what, but I definitely much prefer a close limited third POV, and if you do too, now you know. - constant harping on about how the lead is an Alpha Alpha Alpha. this isn't a trope I like AT ALL and when it's drilled in endlessly the way it was here, it just makes me roll my eyes. which I did . . . a lot. not exactly the response you're looking for in an erotic thriller. - the use of the term "murderess", completely straight faced, like this is some victorian penny dreadful instead of a modern novel. it was just . . . weird. gendering "murderer" that way is just so cheezy and lurid and I couldn't take seriously the concept that an officer of the law would ever use it - the sex, despite being in a book of femdom/malesub, eventually denegrating into ME MAN YOU WOMAN ME TAKE YOU I AM ALPHA MALE bullshit that had me yawning. why establish such a sexy, uncliche dynamic . . . and then just bait and switch me with the same shitty e-rom tropes of a million other bdsm novels (which I normally DO NOT read? for a reason!) I liked a powerful masculine man (although gag me at calling him ~alpha~) being a sexual submissive. it's what drew me into the novel, but then partway through the story that just . . . stopped. it was like two different novels pasted together. one with a guy getting his ass plugged while a woman taunted and teased him and walked away . . . and the other him ~taking her like an animal~ etc etc etc - the bdsm 101 infodumping. not only did it feel like a constant lecture on bdsm as if it was some kind of alien orientation outside of average human understanding, but sometimes it felt . . . downright condescending and dismissive of ~Vanilla~ relationships and people? Vanilla sex isn't as intense, Vanilla relationships aren't as dedicated, Vanilla people just don't "get it" and are closed minded and shitty. at the beginning I just skimmed because I'm no BDSM newcomer and found the info boring and unnecessary to the story, but as it wore on it started to remind me of encounters with the worst kind of straight kinksters. no thanks on that one. once again, all this might be a product of its times. BDSM fiction is barely outside of the mainstream anymore (and some subgenres/tropes have gone COMPLETELY mainstream) whereas this book may have had more obstacles to overcome for understanding. - the identity of the "murderess" (view spoiler)[ who was one of the two only black women of the book. the other, her twin sister, was an incestuous abuser who also attempted murder at one point. left a really bad taste in my mouth (hide spoiler)] - the mystery in general was just sort of meh. there was no setup where potential suspects were introduced and then slowly ruled out. instead, there was a paragraph that brought up a couple potentials, and then immediately ruled them out, and then a paragraph later the true murderer revealed herself. we didn't see the investigation, any of the detective work. this book really could have just been about the whole Alpha Submissive and his inward struggle and left the whole murder mystery conceit behind. if you're going to write a mystery, then write it, I guess? it felt like a whole lot of window dressing. - at one point our alpha sub declares he doesn't use or need safewords and his Dom doesn't immediately tell him to shape up or ship out. she does give him a safe word (which he immediately swears he'll never use), but I just wasn't comfortable with her going ahead with him knowing that was his intention. I like my consensual books consensual. - hero had a moustache, yuck.
Reasons I loved this book: - male sub with chest hair - reluctant assplay :P~~~~~~ (at first, see above)
I'm so desperate for a book about a male submissive and a female dominant that I read through this despite my constant irritation at multiple tropes that really are Not For Me. the sex sure was hot in the beginning, but man, it just makes me wish I could find and read a femdom book that's more in line with my reading tastes. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
this was a very refreshing change from the usual highlander romance (which I love but have grown bored of the sameness of)
the heroine is lovely everythis was a very refreshing change from the usual highlander romance (which I love but have grown bored of the sameness of)
the heroine is lovely every moment and every word, and the hero has his moments too. I just wish it were longer! I think this story absolutely could have shone as a fatter historical with some more intrigue and secondary conflict....more
Read this in one quick, breezy session on an airplane, which is perfect because it was a light, sexy, romantic read, just what I love on a plane. TheRead this in one quick, breezy session on an airplane, which is perfect because it was a light, sexy, romantic read, just what I love on a plane. The two heroines were both likeable and relatable, and the dialogue was funny and natural, which is something I always appreciate in a romance. There was a moment early in the book involving a makeup mishap that had me saying aloud, "Love these girls!", and that feeling carried all through the book.
It could have done with being longer and with having some side-plots developed more. There were some secondary characters I thought were going to have more complex arcs but ended up kind of disappearing in favour of the story's focus on the leads. Which isn't a problem, but obviously I was invested enough in these little b-plots that I wanted more story and more resolution. However, the main romance was developed in a satisfying way, with a realistic New Adult happily-for-now ending that suggested a supportive, loving relationship that could grow into something more long term, which I find more realistic than a HEA for characters in this life stage.
I'd be happy to revisit this world, because all of the supporting characters were appealing and intriguing, even if we only saw a little bit of them. I'd read ten books about Treasure's coworkers at the strip club finding love TBQH.
Trigger warning for this book that (view spoiler)[one of the leads is a survivor of suicide and this is explored as a part of her past. I thought it was handled with realism, dignity, and heart, and it had realistic fallout within the story. As a survivor myself, it had me tearing up a little. I thought it was well-handled, but I understand that others might not be comfortable with the topic in their pleasure/escapism reading, or at least not without warning. (hide spoiler)]
All in all a really lovely New Adult book that represents the age group more accurately and with more authenticity than some others, and a good example of how good and worthwhile the genre can be.
And yeah, I can't say enough about how cute and funny the two leads were together. So charming. Like, keysmash charming.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Thoroughly enjoyable series! I'd have preferred more explicit sex personally, but I can't say it affected my enjoyment of the characters and the romanThoroughly enjoyable series! I'd have preferred more explicit sex personally, but I can't say it affected my enjoyment of the characters and the romance. If erotic content isn't a priority for you, this series might be just the thing!
I really really hope Ms Perez writes a sequel featuring any of the secondary characters in this series! (Michael, maybe?!) I loved them all and would be happy to revisit anytime!...more
Charming, funny, and smoking hot! Both heroines are super likeable, and the POV character Suzanne/Suzy is one of those characters that you really enjoCharming, funny, and smoking hot! Both heroines are super likeable, and the POV character Suzanne/Suzy is one of those characters that you really enjoy being in the head of. She's flawed, but in a completely likeable way. I finished the book feeling like she was a good friend. The kink is fabulously handled.
TW: (view spoiler)[There is a scene of sexual harassment/abuse near the end of the book in case that's a concern for you. Weatherspoon handles it with tact and thoughtfulness and a really appreciated level of honesty. I don't know whether the love interest Pilar handled the situation in a way I approve of (and I had moments of being super grossed out and frustrated with her/the narrative over how she acts and how the situation kind of takes a backseat to the BDSM commitment plot thread happening at the same time), but ultimately the whole situation was handled well enough by the end that it doesn't leave a bad taste in my mouth. As a lover/girlfriend she doesn't react perfectly, though, and if that's not something you're up for reading, now you know. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, a super sexy and enjoyable read with tons of affection, humour, and kink. This is my first lesbian erotic romance read and I am soooo ready for more!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've never read a better, more personal, more heart wrenching, more cathartic BDSM themed book in my life. I mThis was it. This was the book I needed.
I've never read a better, more personal, more heart wrenching, more cathartic BDSM themed book in my life. I may have cried multiple times reading this. The hero's relationship and history with kink was hideously accurate to my experience, and I really appreciated the care and love he was portrayed with.
Consent was enthusiastic, and negotiated, and sweet and kind.
As a fat woman I was a little iffy on the heroine-lost-100-lbs aspect of things, and there were still a couple of phrases that made me very uncomfortable, but ultimately I liked her and related to her, and I felt she was a realistic example of a woman who struggles with her weight, if not remotely a fat positive one....more
Half-baked, at times, like it needed more room to really sprawl out, and for a story with such heavy subject matter there was very little genuine tensHalf-baked, at times, like it needed more room to really sprawl out, and for a story with such heavy subject matter there was very little genuine tension. This story needed to be darker and more gripping to really work....more
Liked the characters, loved the sex. The prose, on the other hand? So straightforward and tell-y, with way too much and then and then and then, everytLiked the characters, loved the sex. The prose, on the other hand? So straightforward and tell-y, with way too much and then and then and then, everything laid straight out with no real artistry or subtlety. I felt like I was reading a book for beginning readers....more
Finished this in one sitting! There was something up with the prose on a sentence level that felt really overly simplistic to me in an annoying way. (Finished this in one sitting! There was something up with the prose on a sentence level that felt really overly simplistic to me in an annoying way. (Which is not the first time I've felt this way recently so I don't know if this is just me or whaaat) There were also a couple of issues re: editing (the magic reappearing blindfold!) and some of the conflict regarding Derek's photography/issues about his age weren't quite compelling or urgent enough for me to connect with, but . . .
Lane! Oh, Lane my beautiful boy with your loveliness and learning to stand up for yourself in small ways ahhhhh I love this character and how very thoughtfully he is portrayed and and and
I have a feeling I'd read pretty much anything with Lane in it, basically. I just wish Derek and his problems were half as compelling....more