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Sometimes the perfect Chanukah gift can change everything.

Newly divorced stone butch Jordan moves into her friend Leah’s spare room, ready, at 49, to take on a new job and finally explore kink and polyamory. But moving to NYC during the holidays sends grief crashing through her, and Jordan realizes that when she isn’t solely focused on caring for others, her own feelings a
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Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published December 16th 2019
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Nicole Field
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f
Ooooh this was so good.

I'd actually been looking for, and wanting, a book that would share information with me on how another autistic person might experience their submission in D/s. This was for two reasons: I'd been getting frustrated by seeing no other narratives quite like mine in that particular way, but also because I knew that reading someone else's words would help me to find the words to express my own experience.

For some reason, I felt as though I would find this want met in a nonfi
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Xan West
Hi, I'm the author! I consulted with the cover artist yesterday & I'm really excited for this cover!

Here are the content warnings for the book:
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Anniek
Note to self: when in need of comfort, pick up a Xan West book. Honestly, these books feel like such a warm hug, and it's very clear that Xan West goes out of their way to create a safe space within them.

This was a fairly slow book, and it took me a while to read it, but there was also so much to love about it. First of all, it had my favourite trope ever: friends to lovers. And these women were not just friends, they had been friends for around 30 years. Which meant that they were already reall
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Isaiah
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To see a full review check it out here

Queer perfection. I devoured this book. It was exactly what I have always been looking for in a romance and in an erotica. There was consent everywhere. There were real, in-depth characters. There were relationships that were ones that rooted for. I can praise this book all day.
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Felicia Grossman
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fabulous and very emotional. It's a friends-to-lovers/kink/Hanukkah romance but so many more, like a million times over. Jordan and Leah have been friends for like 30 years, best friends really but they are temporarily living together after years of being apart, and each in many ways starting over.

For Jordan it's about a new city and recovering for a marriage that didn't work-out, while Leah seems more settled and sure, having a friends and a two great jobs (a sex shop owner and ki
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Mel
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the loveliest, warmest, kindest, coziest books I've ever read. Usually, kink books dealing with D/s relationships and especially ones that involve pain play don't really work for me but this book was beautiful with the 30 year friendship between the two main characters, Jordan and Leah, to the heavy focus on consent. It just worked for me on every level. ...more
dust
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I need more time to write a better review, but... This is the first time I read a romance novel with NO drama. Delightful! Such a joy! I loved it ♥
I will update this review when all of it settles in.

*UPDATE 23/03/2020*
Now that's coronavirus time, I've got more time to think about what I read (yeah, it takes quite a lot of time to me to think carefully what I want to review). It's gonna be in Catalan, though :)

El que més m'ha agradat d'aquesta novel·la són els personatges en sí. M'ha flipat com
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Hannah
this novel is a treasure & a keystone in xan west's legacy. two fat autistic best friends who fall in love as the femme kink educator teaches the butch novice dom about D/s & scening, featuring delicious food descriptions, explorations of community responsibility for harm, neurodivergent people communicating skilfully in the ways that work, regular spoons-counting & redistributing, and deep, wide chosen family bonds. the femme character is exploring grey/ace spectrum stuff and this novel include ...more
Janani
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CAN'T WAIT FOR Y'ALL TO READ THIS! ...more
An sheep
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it
the setup and broader story can feel a little clunky at times, but it is worth it for the slow progression within the central relationship and a well-written and very compelling D/s dynamic between the main characters. The book is written with a lot of care for its characters and shows a community of people doing their best to care for each other and going out of their way to honour each other’s feelings and needs and boundaries. It feels a little /too/ perfect to me; there are bad behaviours by ...more
Natalie Cannon
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtwip-friends
I follow Xan West on Twitter, and when they announced their next project was a kinky wlw Chanukah book, my face was one big eyes emoji. My interest only grew the more they tweeted about the writing and editing process. When they posted the final list of representation in the book, I slammed that "Buy with One Click" button. I knew I wanted Eight Kinky Nights.

Leah and Jordan have been best friends for thirty years, but it's only after Jordan's divorce that they're living together. Both polyam, au
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Ana
Wooooow. What an experience.

This was hard to get through for personal reasons, but also held such loving space for autistic kinky queers with chronic pain, and it's already affecting how I manage my own life in positive ways.
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shimmerr
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
what a beautiful romance - I loved how it felt like the novel was teaching me/reminding me of the wide world of possibilities inside kink and D/s.
Laura
I received an advance copy from the author for review purposes. I’m also mutuals with author on twitter. This in no way influences my review; all words, thoughts, and opinions are my own.

Eight Kinky Nights is unapologetically Kinky, queer, autistic, and Jewish, and I love it for that!

Jordan and Leah have been friends for 30 years and after Jordan’s divorce, she’s moved back to New York and is staying with Leah. In many ways, Jordan is using this as a chance for her to establish her own wants and
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Fanderay
It is quite nice to read a book as sensitive and inclusive as this one, and the protagonists’ respective journeys are lovely to follow. However, at times it reads as a kink manual and the exclusively supportive gallery of minor characters feels completely unrealistic. Making all the villains a thing of the past (or only appear off screen) removes a lot of what may have been needed friction. But, it makes it a safer and more comfortable read for a lot of people, so I don’t consider it a fault, ju ...more
Cat
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thoughtful and lovely holiday romance

This story is bookended by very thoughtful details from the author on things like pronouns, content notes, and a cast of characters for easy reference. Knowing the author put so much thought into the reader's experience made me feel so at ease. And that same thoughtfulness is reflected throughout the story as well. There is so much honoring of identity, and emphasis on comfort and restoration - I loved, for example, the party where the hosts had set aside a q
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Aislign
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so wonderful! I learned about it from Goodread’s list of holiday reads, and read the description and it sounded like something completely different from anything else I’ve read. It was so awesome to see a book that had such incredible representation, with both main characters being autistic, and one having a disability. It was awesome to see a book that was sexy and grounded in true kink, rather than the fifty shades BS, and that celebrated bodies of different sizes, and representa ...more
Emi 🐝
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
would give more stars if i could

I always love everything by this writer, but...this is probably the best kinky romance I've ever read, in my life. in fact one of the best romances, period. I'm glad I bought this because I'm sure I'll be coming back to it as a comfort read, but also it really resonated with me emotionally. I'm always astonished by this author's ability to accurately and beautifully portray how kink feels from the inside, from all perspectives, and I'm so glad they're publishing l
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Smut Report
Full review available at The Smut Report.

Heat Factor: We open with fisting and go from there

Character Chemistry: Leah and Jordan are unfailingly kind and gentle with each other

Plot: Jordan has been suppressing her desires since forever, so her best friend gives her kink lessons

Overall: An object lesson in compassion

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Charlotte
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, lgbtq, jewish-mc
I don't know what I can say about this work except that I found it beautiful and it has changed my view of myself and others for the better. We lost Xan West far too soon, their impact is tremendous.
This book immerses the reader in the world of two fat queer women who are kinky, autistic, and Jewish, and a community of kinky queer people by proxy. I have read romance novels with kink, but this delves into non-sexual kink in a way that is rare, in my experience, and I would say the same for self
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Jules
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: winter-favorites
Another 5 star, read this over the holidays and made me considerably less stressed. I loved the gray ace rep. Wish I'd had the term for this when I was younger, and I love that Leah is 51 and still discovering and opening her heart to this facet of herself. There are some great 20-something stories out there that cover these themes but it's hard to find characters my age going through the same processes, and it was just really touching and helpful. ...more
Gail
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, lgbtq
Really enjoyed this book partly because it’s dual POV, which I prefer because it lets me see what each MC is feeling and why. Extremely well written autistic POV as well. I learned so much but it didn’t feel like the author was ‘teaching’ the reader, just telling it as it is. (At times the conversations sound a bit like a therapy session but not overly much.) Also enjoyed the sex and the food - yum!
Ela The Queer Bookish
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: do-read
Read the full review on The Queer Bookish


A special treat in so many ways.

I don’t even know where to start to be honest. Do I start with the characters? The mental health? Chronic Illnesses? Orientations?
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Andi
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wvdeli, ownebook
I enjoyed this book a lot, and would highly recommend it. I'm the spirit of the title...
Eight things I love about this book...
1) tremendous diversity of queer characters & relationships
2) older leads
3) asexual representation
4) autism spectrum rep.
5) kink the isn't sexual
6) kink that is sexual
7) celebration of Jewish identity
8) friends to D/s
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Stephanie
Jan 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this read, as someone who doesn't typically read romance novels. My only complaint was that there were more than handful of either grammatical or spelling errors throughout the book. Those things tend to be a time-consuming distraction for me but overall this was fun and I'll probably be reading other books by the author. ...more
Lee
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-faves
Nicely done!

A fun, fast and sexy read with a great soundtrack to boot LOL.

I appreciated how West delved into a lot of the deeper communication layers between friends, intimate partners and play partners and the messy overlap between those groups for those who are kinky and non-monogamous.
Oakley
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, 5star
At When part of the book I ended up crying so much that I had snot coming out of my nose. This was such a perfect way to end 2020 Like my quiere autistic heart didn't know how much they needed it lol and I hope it is made into a movie! Because I would watch that! ...more
Sydney
Dec 29, 2019 added it
Reviewed for LJ
Teamama
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
All the representation! This is the most adorable, compassionate & complicated romance I have yet encountered. So much respect for Xan West.
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Xan West is the nom de plume of Corey Alexander, an autistic queer fat Jewish genderqueer writer and community activist with multiple disabilities who spends a lot of time on Twitter.

Xan's erotica has been published widely, including in the Best S/M Erotica series, the Best Gay Erotica series, and the Best Lesbian Erotica series. Their work has been described by reviewers as “offering the erotica
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