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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Frederic d'Estang: performer, professional villain and my youthful crush.

Graduate student Evie Bell spends her days ghostwriting memoirs and her nights playing out her most intimate sexual fantasies by penning fan fiction. When a famous stage actor bursts into her life, she's drawn to his dark, sensual presence, despite herself.

He calls me chérie, ma princesse, minette.

Published October 30th 2017 by Carina Press
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SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2! Soft Limits (stand-alone). Daddy-play, kink,& secrets as Evie is swept into affair with older man!

Soft Limits (stand-alone) follows the sexual awaking of graduate student and aspiring writer Evangeline Bell, Evie while she is hired as the ghostwriter for the memoirs of world-renowned stage actor, singer and composer Frederic d'Estang, her childhood crush and an imposing man eighteen years her senior.

Evie is in over her head unable to read the hot-cold signals from Frederic. That is
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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💙 I read this for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2018 Reading Challenge, for the category of: Erotic Romance. For more info on this challenge, click here. 💙

There are things that I love in erotica and things that will send me running from the room, and of the things that will send me running, sadism, spankings, and Daddy-kink rank pretty high up there. My most recent brush with sadistic erotica came in the form of Anne Rice's
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Daddy lovers
Genre: Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person - Dual

Evangeline (Evie) Bell loved all things literature. As a graduate student she spent her time writing and admiring her favorite performer. When an opportunity came knocking, she was determined to use it to her advantage.

Frederic d’Estang had commanded stages all his adult life. As a performer, he could play any role but his most favorite one was the one played out in the bedroom. When he saw Evie, he knew he wanted to play a par
I don't mind reading the occasional taboo-romance story (I even have a shelf for it). So while the whole 'daddy kink' is not something I would ever be into (they do not involve actual father/daughter relationships, but still), it is not something disturbing to me to warrant me writing off a book based on that alone. In fact, there was even a book with that same fetish that I actually liked (Act Your Age if you are interested), so my rating of this book has nothing to do with the taboo-sexuality ...more
benevolent bastard
Then may I suggest we go to Paris? I have missed you in Paris, minette. I love you in Paris. In fact, I love you everywhere.

Oh how I die inside about a thousand times after reading that sentence. Frederic couldn't have been a better daddy in my humble opinion. Im not ready to leave Frederic and Eve behind, I want to plant myself into their world and never remove myself.
Does that tell you how much I love this book? Gosh I hope so.

With an 18 year gap difference between Eve and Frederic I was o
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
4.5 Darkly Delicious Stars!!!

Adult, sexy and daring. Brianna Hale gets better and better.

“His singing voice can rattle windows with fury or caress with love.”

Ahhhhh....Frederic. Each hero of Brianna Hale strikes all the right notes with me. Having devoured her first two books, I could not wait to read 'Soft Limits.' A little darker than her previous books, this story has a little more depth and seriousness and I absolutely could not put it down! There are certain authors I just "click"
Karlyflower *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
2018 Romance Challenge
Category: Erotic Romance

4.5 Petite Ange Stars


Okay, I am going to get my one grievance out of the way and then I’m going to move on to all the ways that Soft Limits did it right!

I know it doesn’t seem like it’s a big deal, or a big moment or anything, because it’s *so* common in this genre but it is not okay to spank or punish someone without their permission, no matter how much they’ve upset or let you down. Especially not before an
3.5* sweet creature STARS!!


An artfully dirty story from Brianna Hale. She always be my top must read author. Still one of the best Daddy/little girl story I've ever had.

It started when Evie Bell's secret crush, Frederic d’Estang offered her a career opportunity to write his biography. Leaving her home, Evie accepted it and their work begin in Paris. The thing is, Frederic know her dirty fantasy and he needs to find out if Evie is brave enough to make her fantasy into reality.

Evie is an interest
Jun 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
This was a little more than I was prepared to read. Please don't take my rating as a judgement of whether you'll like this book or not. It just wasn't my cuppa.

There was too much OW drama. The H is much older and MUCH MUCH more experienced than the h. He is french and has a very casual view of sex and relationships. And he has had a lot of both. He hires the h to write about his life and sends her to interview many of his former lovers. This amount of OW drama smeared in my face for pages and pa
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, read-in-2018
First of all, ignore the cover. It gives the wrong, modern vibe, whereas the book is filled with Gothic undertones.

If you like villains, Brontë sisters and Daddy kink, you will probably love this too. It seems wrong to combine those things, but Hale manages, and in a really tasteful manner.

I'm becoming a fan of this author!
Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
Seriously, this was so good. I have read my fair share of erotica and it's a rare occurrence when I stumble upon one which I really like. This was one of those rare occurrences. The main theme of the story was CG/l or DD/lg lifestyle and while it's not exactly my jam (I lean more towards gentle femdom <3), I was surprised by how much I enjoyed myself while reading it.

There were some things I wasn't exactly a fan of (view spoiler)
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is only my second Brianna Hale book but she's got me, I want to read every single Daddy book she publishes from now until the end of time. Lol! This one was a little darker than Princess Brat and I very much enjoyed that. Frederic had some dark desires and Evie was keen to make all of them come to fruition, I'd have had no problem wading a bit deeper into these desires and staying a bit longer in their presence if Ms. Hale wants to visit these characters again I'd definitely encourage that! ...more
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: of-ll
From the very first page, two things happened: I knew this book was different from previous Brianna Hale books and that I was already in love with it.
I always get disappointed when I have high expectations but it never happened so far with Hale. Each book is better than the one before and I need more.

It's beautiful and dark in all the best ways. It's pleasure mixed with violence and could be uncomfortable for some.

** ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review **
♥️Fantasy Land  Book Reviewer♥️
So this is my first Brianna Hale book and if you like anyone like Isabella Starling, Jade West, Linnea May and many others that write darker sometimes bdsm books then this is a story for you. When you first start reading this book you have no idea where you are going to go with these two characters. Brianna takes you on a journey with Frederic and Evie that will blow you away. I loved this book and will reread it many times. #Mustread #Oneclick
I voluntarily read an advance reader copy for my ho
Liz Meldon
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, romance

Okay, now that that's out of the way. I'm so genuinely in love with this book, and I'm so, so happy I decided to take a chance on a new author. This was a case of pretty #bookstagram graphics selling me on a book long before I'd even read the blurb. While I enjoy Dom/sub romances, I've never read the DD/lg dynamic, and I honestly wasn't sure what to expect. However, the dynamic between Frederic and Evie was so absolutely perfect that
Ruthie Taylor
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

4.5*s of kink and naughtiness!

I really enjoyed this book - I am not usually into age play, but actually it was really well introduced and was limited to ... well you read it and find out!

The underlying plot was really good, and as soon as I reached the end, I could have read it all over again - except it was 3am, and really I needed some sleep before the alarm went off! Definitely a page turner, and one to read when not
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
4-5 stars!

I've come to a realization that I'm a rather big fan of Brianna Hale's writing. This book was so, so good. Fredric was the perfect, hot, dominant hero and Evie was such a likeable heroine. I really enjoyed this book but feel as if an epilogue would have easily made this a 5 star read!
⏃ : ✦ villainous_vixen ⏃ : ✦
Evie spends her days writing memoirs, and at night, she gets to take pleasure writing her ultimate fantasies with fan-fiction. Life is pretty much perfect for Evie, but something is missing . . . 

She needs a man. . . 
A man to  fulfill her upmost desires. 
Her ultimate fantasies. 

And when a famous stage actor waltz's into her life, she knew that fate is on her side. 

Frederic and Evie's chemistry is explosive, filled with nail biting passion, and steam. It's sweet, emotional, and a hint of darkness
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not my usual fare, that said it was a well written and interesting book from many perspectives.
Not too heavy on the drama, low angst, and no characters who've gone off the rails. The affection was apparent. The plot line is solid.
The BDSM was light compared to some I have read, I think the notion of Evie calling Fredric Daddy probably threw most. There was a couple things that made me stop and think about. It's not that far fetched.
I liked the plot and thought it was well thought out, w
Nov 13, 2017 added it
sadly this was a DNF for me. so I won't be rating it. I loved the first half of the book until the middle I started getting bored. maybe it was just the fact I was in the mood for the genre. But will be picking back up in the future ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, wrrt
I received a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads

It's been ages since a book shocked me but Soft Limits had me slack jawed a few times! The age play warning had me wondering if this book was for me but it was done well enough that while I was shocked, I wasn't appalled, and even got a bit hot under the collar!
Evie is the daughter of Frederic's friend and agent, she's a grad student and a writer.
Frederic's life as a Broadway play right, singer and actor has been illustrious and
This one hit me all in the feels 😊.
It was wonderfully sweet, erotic, and low angst.
I loved the way Evie grew into herself throughout the story. I love that she wasn't portrayed as somehow feeble or incapable. Instead we got a strong, smart woman who also happened to be little.
Frederick was an amazing Daddy Dom. I honestly can't say much about him here because part of what I loved about this story was the way his full nature was revealed to the reader. It was actually done a bit slowly, and while
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Evie is a ghost writer working on her best biography ever on her teen crush Frederic d'Estang a world renowned theatre singer. Despite him being 18 years her senior there is something about him that draws her in. Deciding on a love affair that will only last 5 months sounds like the perfect plan for both of them. Frederic is teaching Evie the pleasure of her kiny that they both enjoy while writing his story. Neither planned on falling in love, but will his secret be too much for them to overcome ...more
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
Nov 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nevermind, wtf
DNF at 18%

I don't like the characters. Maybe they would have grown on me if I didn't feel the need to stop reading. The scene where Frederic takes it upon himself to speak Evie out of fucking nowhere, without any discussion of even being attracted to each other, was so gross. It made me physically upset. Huge WTF moment. Ugh.
AG Reads
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bdsm
4.5 stars. Brianna Hale has a great gift for bringing her characters to life and building layers of complexity. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Boom,that’s how you do daddy kink with decent plot/romance.

18 year age difference and age play. Yum
Morgan (youarethelibrarian)
I have never been disappointed by a Brianna Hale book. She knows how to rope you into the story and make you empathize with her characters. They stick with you long after you finish the story, and Frederic and Evie are no different.

Evangeline: a passionate (published under a pen name) writer, hobby: sewing period clothing for dolls of her favorite characters in the gothic novels she treasures

Frederic: an experienced and talented singer/actor who has played many of the villains from Evie's favor
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
First I'll say that as a French person, I probably enjoyed the book less than I should have. Because of the questionable French, the male character lost a huge chunk of credibility to me after the first wonky french sentence he uttered. Also, I cringe extra hard at the term "minette" because it is outdated and doesn't sound positive as an endearment nowadays. Although the hero is Canadian and they do have weird idioms in Quebec (to a French person) so it might not feel as awkward for a Canadian ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Soft Limits by Brianna Hale is the story of Evie Bell and Frederic d’Estang.
Their story was a hot read that made you not want to put this book down . Evie has longed for a sexual experience that other may not choose and may judge her for. But at night she writes her fantasy out it seems until Frederic comes into her world. Frederic knows she needs more in her life and has similar sexual desires as he does. They start to open up to their feelings but Frederic still has something he isn't coming
Neisha † The Submissive Poet †
Frederic + Evangeline
Holy fresh guacamole,

I am infatuated. I am in love. I am in awe.
The bdsm element of this story is amazing. There was reward and punishment, role playing, and SLAPPING. I really did connect with the h; I saw myself in her because she liked everything I liked and that is one of the main reasons this is going on my favorites shelf. Even as I am typing this I want to reread it.

Brianna Hale quickly became one of my favorite authors and I am (im)patiently waiting for her next book
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