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Wicked Weekend by Gillian Archer
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Mar 12, 2012

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Read on March 10, 2012

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Gillian Archer provides a technically well-written narrative, but the characters are not deeply enough developed to make the range of their experiences in the story believable. Also, too many words are sacrificed to flagging, apparently a signalling method in BDSM clubs.* But then that isn't really used much and makes me think those words were wasted.

The male character is all swagger trolling for casual BDSM sex and then does a one-eighty for a relationship. The description of instant chemistry and a 3 minute negotiation prior to going upstairs for sex between Lauren, a character who is a patently meek doormat and Jaime who is ostensibly a top just didn't work for me. Plus, the bride, Lauren's sister, and groom, Pierce, are cartoonishly bitchy and slimy.

It's not hard to believe Lauren would be a bottom though as she seems to be one in life as far as we see;but in truth it's hard to believe someone so buttoned up was into BDSM. It's always the quiet ones, isn't it? But Jaime's character outside of the "scene" makes it hard to see him as a confident top. The "dirty" talk agreed to in their negotiation was actually something I can't fathom. Why being called a slut or a cunt would make you hot is just something I don't get. Maybe it's the anti-authority nature of it that is the turn-on, like, "Wouldn't this shock the nuns at St.Agatha's!" With this particular character and his history, it makes me feel "dirty" talk isn't an emotionally positive act. But, to each his/her own, I guess.

This gets a solid "Meh."

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