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Hard Rhythm by Cecilia Tan
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really liked it
bookshelves: giveaways, erotic-romance

A sex-positive book with complex characters, an important message, and lots of kink.

I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I might not have read it otherwise, as the heat level was a little much for me. But, lovers of erotic romance, rejoice: this is a really good erotic romance.

The hero is a rock star, though his band doesn't really come into play (pun intended; there aren't conflicts about his being away on concert tours and whatnot, like I expected with a musician hero). Instead, the settings are fairly intimate; even when the hero and heroine aren't alone, they're usually at a sex party or sex dungeon, with other people cheering them on for what I would, uh, typically consider a private encounter. Again, the book is incredibly sex-positive and features adventurous sexuality, but the elements like voyeurism, exhibitionism, and BDSM went much farther than I prefer in my reading. I definitely appreciate the openness and acceptance with which the characters and their community are portrayed, again, these are just not elements that appeal to me personally.

What I liked most about this book was that Cecilia Tan weaves an important message into her story, about how BDSM is a consensual practice of sexual fantasy and is COMPLETELY different from domestic abuse (yes, it is a theme discussed in backstory and in the present plot). She even includes the USA National Domestic Violence Hotline number in the narrative and in the author's note (1-800-799-7233). Tan's website describes her as an activist in addition to an author, and I appreciated that her advocacy for the practice of safe, consensual BDSM as well as the protection and support of those who experience domestic violence shone through in this book.
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Reading Progress

January 5, 2017 – Shelved
January 5, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
January 31, 2017 – Shelved as: giveaways
Started Reading
February 10, 2017 – Finished Reading
February 25, 2017 – Shelved as: erotic-romance

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