This is a very enjoyable, sensual and sweet book by a talented author. Just the right amount of conflict and angst without making you want to pull youThis is a very enjoyable, sensual and sweet book by a talented author. Just the right amount of conflict and angst without making you want to pull your hair out. The characters were very real and beautiful and flawed, but they came together beautifully....more
Wow. This was really something. It was very well written, descriptively so. Told memoir style, this is the story of an upper class whore. Plucked fromWow. This was really something. It was very well written, descriptively so. Told memoir style, this is the story of an upper class whore. Plucked from her life as a Master's degree prepared art appraiser, to be auctioned off to the highest bidder after being tried out by several prospective buyers. She is bought by a 60 year old man, whom she calls her Merchant Ivory extra. She feels he could have walked out of Masterpiece theatre.
He orchestrates a couple experiences including watching her have sex with a woman for the first time. A woman whom she ends up having a simultaneous affair with. Another experience includes swapping her with another whore for the night from the club.
Her bonuses from those experiences leads her to engineer kinkier and kinkier schemes. Including: her being a Domme, giving him golden showers, arranging for various combinations of multiple men/women to join them, a she-male (who has large breasts and an equally large cock, much to Merchant Ivory's delight).
All of these arrangements are so that she gets better and better financial incentives. These include: diamond earrings, a trip to Tiffany's to pick from three gorgeous diamond necklaces, a trip to London with a stud of her own, a fur coat, a Black American Express Card for the day and more.
This book had sex in every paragraph. I think kinky bi-sexual men would go ape shit for this book. It was very intriguing. The ending was quite abrupt. An epilogue was desperately needed. I also felt sorry for her and disliked her at the same time. Her greed was astronomical. To get through most experiences she either smoked joints, did Valium or drank Champagne. Or a combination of those.
But it must be said that the book was intelligently written and worldly. If I had to guess a time period, I'd say it happened in 1983. Excess being all the rage and no one, not ever, used a condom. *collective gasp*. I know! She was tested before being sold, but then she brought lots o' strangers into "bed" with them. I'm talking double digits here. What good is a million dollars if you die from AIDS. I mean seriously! So that's why I say 1983. I'm going to ignore the fact that she had a cell phone, which is easy to do because she also had a pager. Yup. Instead of texting, messages were sent via pager, even though they had mobile phones. Hmmm. But hey! She bought a house in Cape Ann with the money. Wherever the f*ck that is!
So kinky bi-sexual men! This is the book for you!...more
After reading two works by Bethany Kane’s alter-ego Beth Kery, I was very excited to explore her workAs reviewed for Read Our Lips Book Blogt
After reading two works by Bethany Kane’s alter-ego Beth Kery, I was very excited to explore her works under this nom de plume. I’ve often found that when a favorite author writes under two pen names, each name seems to take on a different writing personality. Addicted to You is a great example of this.
While I’d never describe writings under Beth Kery as “light-hearted”, Addicted to You had a darker, more sultry mood about it. Most of this is due to hero’s palpable state of mind. Rill Pierce is a writer/director in the throes of a life crisis. When his wife was killed two years ago, he stayed in a place where his plane got delayed in layover, Vulture Canyon, Illinois. He just pushed the pause button on his life in every way possible.
Having had enough of this, Katie Hughes, Rill’s best friend’s sister comes Vulture Canyon to knock some sense into him. Katie has always had Rill in her heart and loved his deceased wife, Eden like a sister. She doesn’t like that Rill hasn’t moved forward and leaves her life in L.A. behind to go do something about it. Or is she running from a life she’s not so sure she wants anymore?
When Katie knocks on Rill’s door, the encounter is explosive! It’s hot, incendiary and raw. Rill has been living at the bottom of a bottle since Eden died in a car accident. A car accident that brought to light many ugly truths about his wife. When Katie finds him he’s in bad shape, very drunk, calling her an “angel”, believing she’s here to give him one more moment of happiness before he dies. He acts as if he doesn’t recognize her.
The next day, we get treated to Rill experiencing Katie while sober, along with a cast of characters from the town that will make you laugh out loud. They’re a hoot! If you go to Sherona’s diner, you can get meatloaf with mash potatoes and gravy AND a haircut all for under $10! But all of these great people have unexpected depths and continuously surprise you.
Rill wants Katie to go, but she refuses. And slowly but surely, Katie gets under Rill’s skin, the way he’s always been under hers. She drags him gradually into the joyful part of life and I found that VERY enjoyable. It was like watching a flower sprout and bloom. This is where Kane’s writing really shines. She can use sex so well to show you how the characters feel and to tell the story, I find myself breathing fast, reading fast, like I’m experiencing it myself.
Rill doesn’t move forward easily, but Katie, with her intelligence, kindness and gypsy soul can’t help but penetrate the darkness that Rill believes resides inside himself, genetically. He believes it’s in his DNA to be an alcoholic, no-good lech. Katie doesn’t see it that way and sets out to prove it, using her heart, her body and her love for him.
Addicted to You was an amazing journey to watch unfold. This author has such a way with words, I just adore it. To experience each hurdle with the couple was like an emotional roller coaster, but one I relished. Definite recommended read.
What I loved about Addicted to You:
-Sex in the first chapter. I know this is a selling point for a lot of readers and it is for me too. It means you don’t have to wait for half the book to get to the good stuff.
-Rill’s Irish accent becoming more pronounced when he’s more emotional. I like that he says, “Sweet Jaysus” all the time.
-The cast of characters in Vulture’s Canyon. They are a hoot!
-Ray and William Pierce, Rill’s uncles and petty criminal extraordinaires. When did I start liking criminals?
-That Rill call Katie, “Shine”, short for Sunshine.
-Katie’s indelible spirit and desire to not only help Rill, but the people of Vulture’s Canyon as well. Even if she does drive up in a Maserati.
-Rill is a Dom. Again, not the leather-wearing-BDSM-club-hopping kind, but the very real you’re-gonna-do-what-I-say-in-bed kind. Hot! Barnyard.
-Katie belly dances and has the outfits to go with it.
-The sex scenes are very erotic, descriptive and generate a lot of emotion. Winning combination....more
Wicked Burn is the second title I’ve read from Beth Kery, but I can promise you, it won’t be the last. ItAs Reviewed for link: Read Our Lips Book Blog
Wicked Burn is the second title I’ve read from Beth Kery, but I can promise you, it won’t be the last. It’s the story of two people with very painful pasts that come together by chance and explode with kind of passion that could only be proclaimed by destiny.
The story begins with Vic Savian, hugely successful playwright and part-time farmer, who is in Chicago for three nights a week to see to the opening of his new play. While in his apartment late one night, he hears his elusive but beautiful neighbor, Niall Chandler, being accosted by her date, despite her repeated rebuffs. Luckily for Niall, Vic steps in.. Also lucky for her, he does it without a shirt.
From the moment Vic and Niall share a page, the sexual tension blazes. Vic has wanted Niall from the first moment he laid eyes her. She’s not his usual type. Being six-foot-three with a body honed by manual labor, he likes his women tall and lush. But for whatever reason, the petite blonde from across the hall brings his libido ragingly to life.
Niall Chandler is a curator at the Metropolitan Art Institute and lives in the Riverview Towers, across the hall from Vic. Niall hasn’t been with a man in years, but watching Vic move about his apartment with no shirt on, makes her very aware of how her body responds to his. It doesn’t take very long for all of that sexual tension to erupt into full fledged carnality. The sex scenes between Vic and Niall are so steamy and lascivious I thought at times that I might go up in flames!
But Wicked Burn isn’t just about the sex. (Though I couldn’t imagine the book without it). The relationship between Vic and Niall is so raw in everyway, the sex between them is just where the common ground begins. When people ask why I prefer sexually explicit romance, I usually explain that sex is a language all-its-own. It tells me as much, if not more about the relationship between the characters, as the dialogue. There is no better example of said language, than in Wicked Burn.
But that’s not all that can be said about this book. The plot is fully developed. The characters are layered and complex. The story takes twists and turns you don’t expect. If I had to use just a few words to describe Beth Kery’s writing, I would choose ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’. That is to say – the author’s words are very profound, so smooth and beautifully textured, and yet pack such an emotional wallop, at times it takes you by surprise. I found myself going back a few sentences more than once to savor the prose so eloquently put to page.
Both characters have heartbreak and tragedy in their pasts that they, for whatever reason, seem unwilling to share. Even though I loathe couples who have obstacles of their own making because of lack of communication, in this case-I get it.
Imagine for a long period of time, you only existed, not lived, but just went through the motions of everyday life. Then, when you least expected it, something or someone crash landed into your life and reawakened in you, the parts you had long ago relegated to the deep-freeze. Would you be so willing to risk rejection by telling them the truth? It would be so easy to talk yourself into keeping the past in the past for just one more day. To be able to experience all of the sensual, wanton pleasure only that person can make you feel. Maybe it’s not even fear of rejection, but the ability to live without the black cloud of the past hanging over you and your momentary happiness.
Vic and Niall have obstacles to overcome, but it’s very enjoyable to watch unfold. There are so many great things about this book, I can’t list them all. Just know you’ll enjoy all this book has to offer. Definite recommended Read.
What I loved about Wicked Burn:
-The scene with the pearls. Whew! Who knew pearls could be so hot! I love a man who can get creative in bed, or against a door. Wherever. -Vic is a Dom, not in the traditional, wears leathers and has a St. Andrew’s Cross in his bedroom capacity, but a Dom none-the less. -The toys. -There is panty ripping. Anybody else a sucker for panty ripping? -Niall puts trust in Vic, even though she has every right not to. -Niall is so sweetly submissive, she tests the limits of Vic’s control. That kind of exchange is always fun to read. -Phrasing like, “The sounds of her moans and whimpers spiced the boiling brew of his arousal.” Love, love, loved it! -Vic and Niall have several, I-can’t-wait-another-minute-to-have-you scenes. I inhale those! -Couldn’t put it down. Stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it. Another sign of a great book. -The scene in the unfinished condo. Hot!
What I didn’t like about Wicked Burn:
-I would have like the ending fleshed out a little more, once all of the truths come out or an epilogue, perhaps. Even without that, it’s a stellar book.
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