His Indecent Lessons (Book two) by Sky Corgan

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Helllllo readers, I’ve decided to bring you something a little saucy for today’s book review. I mean it’s February and I’m still on the diet/alcohol ditching so we need something to keep us a little happier. I reviewed the first book of this back when I started the blog – I would link it but the writing is pretty terrible. I really need to go back at some point and go through my old reviews but for now I’ll just bring you new ones. Hope you enjoy this slightly cheeky review.

Cheyenne goes to her first lesson in sexual nature and fantasy, hoping that it’s hands-on. With a teacher like Damien Reed, who wouldn’t want to get a bit more intimate? He’s gorgeous and intelligent and rich, everything that Cheyenne wants in a man. Too bad he’s also professional and has ridiculous self-control. Will Cheyenne go to drastic measures to get what she wants?

So we left book on a bit of a cliff-hanger; was Cheyenne going to follow Damian’s orders and go to her first ‘lesson.’ Pretty obvious she wasn’t going to say no. We follows as she drives a little haphazardly to his place to be met by the hot mess that is Damian (I’m ignoring the fact he’s her teacher and she’s a virgin currently – which she does take the time to remind us of.) We see the two as they attempt to take their ‘relationship forward.’ As Cheyenne struggles with her feelings and how Damian reacts we get to see into the world of BDSM.

So, what did I think of the book? Well – I struggled. The first book was really brilliant at creating tension and exciting the reader, here we’re really starting to get to know the characters and discover more about them. Cheyenne is desperate to wiggle her way in Damian’s heart but he is only interested in a relationship that is completely created between master and student.  We see them talking about the barriers that Cheyenne  will not cross and the safe words she must use to stop him from hurting her.

In terms of characterisation I thought that the author did play more on Cheyenne and we get to learn more about her personality and the way that she reacts. At the beginning she still is quite immature and a little difficult – she’s desperate for Damian to like her and yet she can’t help but get angry at him when he doesn’t respond to her. Here we can see her and her needy personality –

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“How many other students do you have?” I inquired, and then wanted to slap myself for it, knowing the answer would depress me.

“Just you, for right now.”

Relief flooded through me. He’s mine. All mine. At least, for now. The thought gave me a strange sense of satisfaction. Part of me wanted to ask him if he had a girlfriend, but I didn’t want to press my luck. I would hold onto the fantasy that he belonged to me exclusively, for as long as I could

but by the end she’s starting to think outside his controlling personality and stand up to herself. Damian is kept in the dark and we still know very little about him. In a way it’s good because it keeps up the mystery and keeps the reader guessing but it does make him come across a little cold and difficult. It also made the entire relationship feel very one sided and I struggled with that. There’s a way of discussing the world of BDSM and I just don’t know if this is the best way too. Yes I know it’s not being sold to teach people of a healthy BDSM relationship but maybe it should have been a little more researched and better at discussing a healthy relationship.

The other problem is this book is so short  – there are so many books and yet we pay for so little. I decided to continue reading and this book again ends in a cliffhanger making you pay more and read on. The thing is I would rather buy the whole tale, enjoy and spend my time saying actually – although it’s a bit trashy I enjoyed this. Instead for the reason it’s sold on purposely to give you just enough to go on and spend again and that it doesn’t promote a healthy BDSM relationship, maybe read something else.



The Raven Room by Ana Medeiros

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Hellllllo readers I have a very racy review for you today which may be my favourite erotic novel that I’ve read, ever *ooooo.* I know this may be a big claim but it mixed sex, crime, love, taboo and a wonderful writing style which made me devour this in under a week. It surpassed my interest for Murakami and was the only book I read all week, which hasn’t happened in well over six months. If you like or are interested in erotic novels but want one that really tells a tale this is for you. Hands down.

Anything you can imagine. Everything you crave. For the members of The Raven Room, it’s every fantasy fulfilled. But for some, that desire is a matter of life and death.

Drawn by a need he cannot control, Julian ventures to The Raven Room, a highly secret and exclusive sex club in the underbelly of Chicago. It goes beyond sex. It goes beyond kink. The Raven Room is the only place where Julian finds release from the dangerous urges that threaten to destroy the successful life he’s worked so hard to build.

Meredith’s body can’t get enough of Julian. Though he won’t let her into his mind, there’s always room in his bed, and Julian has opened her sexual horizons to tantalizing new possibilities. But out of bed she’s an aspiring journalist, and The Raven Room is the story she’s been looking for. By writing an exposé on the club and its elite clientele, she plans to launch her career.

As Meredith embarks on a sexual journey into the carnal and forbidden world that Julian inhabits, the police link The Raven Room to the suspicious death of a young woman. Questions about Julian―and another member with secrets and dark appetites to match his own―bring Meredith to a crossroad. How much does she truly trust the man who has laid bare her erotic nature and how much will she sacrifice in order to protect him?

Quite an extensive blurb so I’ll keep the re-telling to a minimum and throw us right in. This is the erotic book I have been waiting for I tell you not. Every time I read a book of this genre I want more; more romance, more adoration, more push and pull, more adversity. Here I was a little overwhelmed; there was character build up, red-herrings, crime and a whole lotta sex. This author does not hold back and I for one loved it. The book as the blurb states follows Julian who has a penchant for a certain sex club, named, The Raven Room. Julian is a hot mess; strong, sexy with a bite, some emotional trauma and a back-story that will break hearts he is both ravishing and adorable. Ergh *lusts.* Meredith was an interesting character, strong willed and feisty she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to say it, I thought she was a wonderful match for Julian and I like that her morals changed as she learnt more about him and his reasons for going to such a club.

The writing is heady, often blunt and terribly carnal. If you’re looking for a little heat this one packs a punch. I was looking for a number of direct quotes but I think it may be a little too much to post on mylittlebookblog (I mean, my mother reads the blog.) Let’s just say the author doesn’t hold back, but it’s not tacky or grotesque, just a writer knowing just how to sock it to the reader and turn their cheeks a little pink. I thought the characterisation of Julian and the reasoning for his sexual desires was well documented and maturely managed. Not mentioned in the blurb, at one point Julian meets Alana, (not a spoiler) and I thought the juxtaposition between his relationship with Meredith and his burgeoning feelings for Alana were mixed in wonderfully. I thought the addition of the crime in the death of the young girl and the plot that follows this helped to string the reader in even more with the addition of the red herring and the big twist that is added right at the end. This honestly made me want to immediately get hold of the second addition because I need to know more. Right now.

Technically the pace is solid, it moves quickly but with enough to keep the book bludgeoning forward propelling the reader further into the book. Spelling and grammar is spot on, and with the skill of the writing I wouldn’t have noticed if it hadn’t been, it’s just that good. The author mixes a number of interwoven plot-lines but manages to keep them streamlined so they mesh but don’t become sticky. If that makes sense? Sorry I can feel the book hangover coming.

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I think that’s the biggest compliment I could give because I just cannot wait to find out more. This book is so much more than an erotic fiction. It’s thoughtful and well-constructed. It mixes erotica, romance, and crime with a well-spun mystery story and I can honestly say I’ve read nothing like it. I think this book is a credit to the author and I hands up will be pushing you to read this because it’s brilliant. Fifty Shades has nothing on this; ten, twenty, thirty, forty times better and good golly will I be reading the next installment.






Through His Lens by Anna Bayes

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Hellloooo readers. If you’re into erotic fiction then you’re in the right place to be because today I have a scorcher for you. This is blisteringly hot and mischievous. I don’t read a lot of erotic fiction, not because I don’t enjoy it, it’s just that I don’t tend to be sent as many review requests for said genre. I started reading erotic fiction around this time last year for the #sexmeupreadathon and I’ve dabbled in and out of the genre over the past year or so. This one dropped into my inbox and opening to read it at work I quickly had to shut the book, this is not one for work time reading but later I downloaded it onto my Kindle and well, it’s not one for the faint hearted. It won’t be for everyone but it’s definitely the sauciest erotic novel I’ve ever read.

Newly divorced and rediscovering her place in the world, Fiona found a strange solace in taking photos of herself. Next step: she hired a professional photographer to take her portraits. Modelling for him felt empowering. Would this be only a one-time thing or would she have the courage to pursue a relationship with Nathan, the photographer whose green eyes captivate and disarm her?

This novelette (A narrative work of prose fiction shorter than a novella and longer than a short story) follows Fiona as she signs and passes over the divorce papers to her newly separated husband. A little weary from the procedure she decides to take a new step and turn over a new leaf by hiring the professional photographer from her wedding to take a new set of images. Upon meeting Nathan at the studio and take part in a nude photoshoot *cough.* the two take things a step further in a hot and heady display of affection. Asking her to model for him in the future on her reproach of the idea, Nathan lashes out hurt by her use of him. Coming to her sense the two become friends, but the passion of the photoshoots still lies clear for both. Can they stop themselves straying from their decided friendship?

So, as I said this book is hot and heady. I must admit the plot is a little clichéd and stereotypical but I think it’s one of those books where you’re not really looking for a storyline so much it’s about the punchy, head-over-heels, raging sex scenes that are written with so much gusto it’s a little overwhelming. It is at times a little smutty and explicit and I would say if you’re looking for something that leaves it to the reader to formulate what’s actually happening then this isn’t one for you because we get the finer details which left me a little hot under the collar.

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I thought the writing overall was lyrical and moved with understanding of how to pull the reader in. The problem I guess is because it is so short we get very little character profiling or their emotions or feelings really at all and other than Nathan’s piercing green eyes we get very little description. The plot is quite implausible and lacks the give and take I would have liked to see. Although we all like a little heat it needs to come from something. Make the reader question whether it’s going to happen, make a little mischievous, play with the readers emotions, enjoy it. I think made a little longer; (because it is so short) this could have been played with.

Overall in terms of the writing of the erotic scenes, although very graphic they were enjoyable to read and a big contrast to any of the books I’m reading at the moment (i.e.: 1q84 and To Kill a Mocking Bird.) I think the author could definitely have made the book a little longer and played with the relationship between the two but for me this was a quick read, took me very little time at all and was a lovely escape for an hour or so.






Exposure by Annie Jocoby


 Afternoon readers, hope you’re all well and wonderful. I’ve been slowly, slowly whizzing my way through all the emails in my blogging inbox. It really is a mess in there but I’m trying to take it one review at a time and keep ploughing through them. I’m not sure whether fellow book bloggers feel this way but sometimes I wish I could just absorb books into my system through osmosis. There are just too many books to sit down and read and so many more waiting out there to discover. Today’s review is my first critical one for a little while now which is a little bit of a shame, it just wasn’t quite my cup of tea, but without further delay onto the review.

 Photographer CJ Parker is a woman who has literally not gone outside for the past six months. She’s been hiding from the world, and from life, ever since an unimaginable tragedy forced her into seclusion. On the one day where she decides to finally venture outside, she meets the mysterious billionaire, Asher Sloane. Dark-headed, magnetic, and gorgeous, Asher drips sex and animal magnetism. He draws CJ out of her shell and into the world, while showing her things that she never knew existed. What CJ doesn’t know is that Asher has a dangerous past. Behind his beautiful blue eyes and confident demeanour lies dark secrets that, if they are brought to light, could mean the end of CJ and Asher’s relationship.

 As a reviewer, even now after two years or so blogging, receiving books makes me so incredibly happy. I really appreciate the time that authors and publishers spend publicising their books, and being gifted with a copy is a really wonderful thing but I have to be honest. 

Firstly, the blurb sounds wonderful; alpha dominant guy, a steamy romance, and CJ Parker a delicate female lured out by the racy billionaire. After a couple of weeks reading fantasy books almost exclusively, this really appealed but it doesn’t deliver; firstly the writing style is a little off kilter. It doesn’t flow and instead is quite stiff and robotic. This meant that it didn’t quite sit with me as a reader throughout. It’s technically correct in terms of grammar and spelling but the conversation doesn’t surge and give but instead feels forced. Additionally some of the writing is a little curious. It’s just a little badly written and quite pornographic in nature. It didn’t feel like the author meant it and it therefore didn’t feel like the characters meant it either. Their dialogue is also a little immature, it is rocky and at time vulgar which left me feeling a little stunned.

 Another issue was the relationship between CJ and Asher was unrealistic and confusing. At one point she’s spending large amounts of his money but refusing to let him know where she is? It made my feminist blood boil a little and not in a good way. I just didn’t get it and compared to the blurb on the back I felt a little let down. I think that the characters were the main problem for this book; they weren’t described strongly enough and given enough characteristics to make me want them to get together. I actually felt a lot of the time the two were using each other and that the connection between them was purely physical; for some readers they might enjoy this but for me it didn’t sit right and the constant almost bare to the bone account of their sexual relationship became tedious incredibly quickly. This created other issues including why Asher was fascinated in helping CJ in the very beginning and the fact that his character profile was a little abhorrent. His emotions reminded me of that of an adolescent teenage boy, a stud who wanted to use the main female character. Just, no. As many reviews have also included, the sentence that included the comment ‘I want to squirt between your legs,’ made me cringe and put the book down. I’m done from this point on. 

 Overall this book feels rushed and pushed to be finished. It lacks development of the characters, which leads to an underdevelopment of their relationship with one another. I have had a little look into the author and seen that she has written a number of books and I’m sure there are readers who will really enjoy this; I for one struggled to finish it.

Fifty Shades of Grey: E L James

Evening readers, something a little different review wise for you today from mylittlebookblog. A number of weeks ago, around the Valentine’s Day weekend, I went to see the new fifty shades of grey movie with a number of close friends. We equally laughed, giggled and looked a little horrified throughout but the main question discussed after the film was, which was better the book or the movie? Although firstly deciding rather adamantly that the film was better (which isn’t saying much,) I went home and fished out the book from the top of my wardrobe and the place where books that need moving on go to lie. After re-reading a few of the chapters of the book a number of feelings came flooding back to me and I decided to pen a review. I know there have been many many reviews of this book but I thought it was my time to put my two pennies in.


So I guess the first thing to mention is that I’m not going to be suggesting that EL James is awarded any prizes for her writing style in terms of the quality despite her best-selling novelist status. The novel as most of you will know follows the 21 year old English student Anastasia Steele who finds herself caught up in a relationship with the mysterious and foreboding Christian Grey, a billionaire with some interesting relationship ideals including a penchant for bondage. We watch the two as Anastasia struggles with the constraints of their relationship (no pun intended) trying to break through to the broken Christian and prove that he can love her and that the two are meant to be together.

So, I guess the question is; if you haven’t already, is it worth getting hold of a copy and attempting to read the book dismissing everything you have already heard about it? The answer I would say is yes, but only if you’re ready to hit the clichéd wall of James’s writing. At times it is a little overwhelming with Gray looking at Anna with his steely grey eyes, or Steele’s ‘inner goddess’ who is often doing yoga positions, or backflips, or the fact that I’m surprised Anna has a bottom lip left after all that biting of it she does. Additionally the plot line lacks originality; vulnerable and receptive woman falls for deeply broken but domineering older man and tries to heal him. Its clichéd and although the BDSM parts of the novel add a different tone it didn’t save it from being a little tired.


In terms of characters both Anna and Christian although not completely unlikeable lack the qualities to really make you fall for them and I felt indifferently towards their relationship on the whole. She is so susceptible and easily influenced that you find you want to shake her a little. (I did feel she was played better in the movie than the book saying this.) Christian is a little better although his domineering side is so powerfully placed that you are a little terrified for Anastasia and I know that this is something that many have critiqued as not being a real portrayal of a safe or true BDSM relationship.

So, as like a number of readers I assume, fifty shades of grey was the first erotic style novel that I read and the world of BDSM was and still is incredibly new to me in terms of reading about it. I think what intrigued me was the unfamiliarity with this style of writing and since reading it I have read more from this genre of book. The sex scenes do not hold back and although many have critiqued it my friends and I had a lot of giggles reading different sections out to one another cringing at the language used. I think James deserves some credit for making this genre more accessible. When I first read the book this power play in terms of a sexual relationship was completely new to me and although I think in the film the idea that Anna is an equal of his is much better put across than in the book, it’s an opening to talk about the different types of sexual relationship that people have.


So, yes the writing is terrible. Both characters are neither likeable nor unlikeable but are both stiff in their portrayal (another unintended pun there.) Their dialogue is stilted and their relationship at times is both farcical and laughable. However, since Fifty shades burst into the literature scene we have seen a huge increase in the popularity and certainly the blogging about this genre which is great. For many of us it’s something new and although a little unfamiliar it’s nice to see the genre being seen in a different light; something I think the film has further helped to address. Erotica is not smutty or indecent and I think Fifty Shades has only helped to continue to expose the potential for brilliantly written erotic style books.

Making Friends: Anna Ellis

Happy Tuesday lovely readers, something a little naughty for a lazy evening in which I hope you really enjoy. Since last year when I took part in the ‘Sex Me Up Readathon I have received a number of requests for me to review more saucy natured novels. I have never really been into more erotic style books however I decided that I was missing out on this genre and missing on a potential reader base for mylittlebookblog. Since taking part in the readathon I haven’t really touched on the genre however after receiving a request to review a book from Anna Ellis I decided to give it a go. I read this about a week ago and wasn’t quite sure how to review it, but I’m going to give it a go and hopefully intrigue you lovely readers of mylittlebookblog into reading more; enjoy!

When happily married couple Jacey and Dominic move into their new neighbourhood, they’re surprised at how friendly everyone is. Jacey is quickly won over by the wives on the street, and intrigued by Joe, the resident handyman. When the neighbours invite Jacey and Dominic to one of their Saturday night parties, they learn just how very close-knit the group on Honeysuckle Court is. Do Jacey and Dominic really need extra excitement in their marriage? And Jacey can’t help but wonder – will Joe be there?

So it seems a little clichéd, however there was something rather naughty but interesting about this book. The story follows Jacey and Dominic who are a mischievous couple in their own right. With two children and having just moved from the bustling city they are finding very little time to ‘get it on’ so to speak. Quick sparks of passion created through coded sentences mean that the two are all too frequently reminded how their life used to be before the appearance of two tiny bundles of tiring joy. Upon the beginning of their new life in the suburbs, the two find themselves becoming the fascination of the neighbourhood clique. Intrigued by the interest of their new highly attractive neighbours the two find that the intrigue isn’t only a friendly one but a lusty one also. However Jacey has a secret; she finds herself weakening in the presence of the ever-helpful handyman to the neighbourhood Joe. Will he be at the gathering or will she find herself in the hands of another man from the neighbourhood?

Okay, so for starters, don’t get the wrong idea about this book. When I started getting into it I was worried it was going to become cheap and a little over the top but it’s handled incredibly well. It has a desperate housewives feel about it, the idea that you never know what could be happening behind the perfectly painted front doors and manicured front lawns of your friendly neighbourhood residents. Each perfectly happy with their own lives but secretly wanting something more. In terms of characterisation, despite it being a relatively short book, the characters are well built up and have a lot of characteristics to them. Jacey is considerate and thoughtful but harbours a mischievous and bold sexual desire. Dominic is a doting father and all round sweet and dependable male but given the chance he’s just as intrigued. The best way to explain it is that it is written incredibly well in a palatable way that doesn’t make it seem either sleazy or unbelievable.

I also liked the introduction of the relationship that began to grown between Jacey and Joe because her relationship with Dominic is so strong and honest that it was interesting to follow her feelings of being intrigued by the dishy male (and he sounds pretty hot.) It’s something I’m sure will be discussed in the books to come and I’m interested to see how it will play out. I also found it interesting how Jacey during the Saturday night ‘party’ (cough, cough, nudge, nudge, wink, wink,) is suddenly struck with such strong feelings of jealously when she sees her supposedly darling husband finding himself in the arms of another woman. It added a hypocritical aspect to Jacey’s supposed crush which helps to add more of an interweaving sub-plot to the short novel.

The only negatives I can really comment on are firstly the title of the book, it’s just not particularly exciting or intriguing and I like the stylised front covers and the way they change throughout the series but the titles don’t make me want to read them. The only second thing which I am sure will be discussed is more into the description of the ladies of the neighbourhood clique; I think they could have been described and given strong personality types but it’s a short book so maybe I’m expecting a little too much too early on. Overall I actually really enjoyed this; a little naughty and lusty but a perfect quick read for someone just starting or intrigued by erotically natured books.


The Escort Next Door: Clara Jones

Evening little bloggers. Just a word of caution, this is going to be a review of a different kind today for mylittlebookblog, as this review will be the first review of a book from the ‘erotica’ genre. Gasp of horror? Well, that’s the whole reasoning for this new outlook on books focusing on lust and romance of the slightly more intense variety. The idea is to get more bloggers reading, reviewing and most importantly talking about erotic literature. Since the 50 shades epidemic, more and more erotic literature is being written however it isn’t being discussed or reviewed as much as it should be. I got involved in this through twitter after seeing the hash-tag #SexMeUpReadathon. I was intrigued, and after reading the numerous tweets signed up. Now, the idea is that we book bloggers start blogging more about this seemingly less talked about genre! If you do have Twitter, I would really encourage you to take a nosy and see if you can get involved. As the host of this ‘readathon’ states it doesn’t matter if you read one or ten different books it’s about raising the profile of said authors and their books.

I guess it’s important to start this review with my original thoughts on erotic fiction. My first real encounter with this genre was, as I guess is the same with many, through ‘The 50 Shades of Grey,’ trilogy. I remember sitting with my friends, reading out the worst passages and rolling around on the floor laughing. I did eventually read the first, and the second book in the series but gave up before finishing the series. I disliked the control that was enforced and at times found the whole experience rather humiliating and hurtful. Dropping the book down the side of my bed one night after a particularly rough scene I am pretty sure it will still be down there, collecting dust as I type. It is fair to say that when I started this book, on the train back up to Stoke On Trent, that I was slightly surprised. Reading the first couple of paragraphs I stopped, shut the book and looked again at the title, yes, still the Escort Next Door. The book opens incredibly gently. I don’t know what I expected but instead of a saucy entry we rather casually meet Julia who apparently has the seemingly perfect family; a successful husband and three wonderful kids. From the outside all seems well, but behind closed doors things are anything but ordinary. Julia’s marriage has become distant and she finds stunning evidence about her husband’s actions on his business trips. Julia wants to escape and decides to make a decision that will change her life forever.

I think what really surprised me about this book was that the story really covers a number of different emotions. Not only does it follow the ultimate betrayal by her husband in which we see her helpless and distraught. But the feelings grow immeasurably through to angry, then panicked. However we see a stronger side, filled with maternal emotion that pushes through to create this new empowered, strong and determined female. It surprised me that in such a short narrative story so many different themes and emotions could be explored. Additionally although I found the story ultimately unrealistic, I think it is due to the main character changing from naive and wholesome to sex-starved goddess in a matter of pages, that the book covers a lot of background and works on developing the supporting characters. This is seen in the descriptions of the children, and the weaving in of the back-story of the best friend. This gave the book some depth and weight which helped to cement me as a reader into the story line. Although the book is short, it doesn’t feel like the book is stood on weak foundations, but there is a web of emotions and feelings that helps to sustain the unrealistic plot line and therefore makes the story a little more believable or at least distracts the reader a little.

I thought the scenes that do depict the sex scenes are written with a sense of understanding of how two people enjoy each other, unlike it’s 50 shades counterpart, and without being too strong it manages to describe the event rather strongly but without becoming to smutty. When starting this book I worried that the erotic scenes would become too strong and overpowering but they have just enough description to entice the reader without it all becoming a little too much. I don’t know whether I am not used to erotic fiction or whether it is the nature of the story that made me feel a little uncomfortable but for someone just starting as a reader of this genre it was just enough to peak an interest without scaring me off. The only thing that really caused a rift in my reading was an ethical side to the story; the female in the story becomes an escort due to knowing that without her husband she is nothing. For me, the manipulation of her needs as a mother was a little distracting, and I did think to myself at points that the story was stood on a incredibly difficult situation that didn’t quite work for me as a reader in this particular genre . I did find myself thinking, escort? Potentially a part-time job would have done. Although I have only read the first book in the story and I would be surprised if the author didn’t delve into this more in the following books, it did take a little away for me.

I think the main aspect I have taken from this is that erotica can be interesting and can revolve more around the relationships built and the intensity created that what you would normally expect. I understand as a reader that my views have been tainted by the farcical 50 shades, and although I know have mentioned it a lot, I think it is important to state that reading a book of this content has really changed my mind on erotic fiction. Although for me it was a little clichéd, it was a strong difference to the latter erotic fiction I have found myself reading and I think with the right book I would continue to explore the boundaries that writers and bloggers are pushing. I think what surprised me most was the strength of the writing; although I don’t think writing about sexual relationships wholly is difficult I assumed much like 50 Shades, that there would be a lack of build up of the story, however instead I found myself being drawn into the narrative and thinking ‘what would I do in that situation?’