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.

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Mistress Pussycat by Joyce Snyder

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Hellllllo readers – you know you can always count on me to bring you the most interesting of all the books? Yep. Well I might have outdone myself today because this is a book I would never have read if I hadn’t been contacted by email and yet here I am reading about BDSM on a crowded train and feeling the person next to me slightly shocked but definitely reading over my shoulder to get a better look – WE NEED MORE OF THESE BOOKS, and we need to read more of them and I’m going to tell you why.

Before we go any further this is a book about ‘fem-dom’ and I just want to let people know that if you’re not interested, don’t want to know, etc stop here. I read it, I liked it, so yep.

THIS BDSM EXPOSÉ, written as memoir, reveals the wild world of femdom: dominant females and the submissive guys who crave them. Joyce Snyder encounters dozens of “subs,” fellows who want to be used and abused at the hands of a powerful woman. She finds a multitude of men, typically living a secret life, throughout America, and discovers their erotic preference (submitting to the superior domme) is more prevalent than she’d imagined.

Right, as the blurb suggests the book follows the lovely Joyce a cat lover who finds herself editing a magazine for submissive men. Not one to shy away from the challenge she decides to throw herself into the world of ‘femdom’ and finds that it kind of suits her although is a little shocked to begin with. We see Joyce as she begins to fit in more with the sub/dom lifestyle and the rules that she must follow.We see Joyce as she experiments with spanking, sissy maids, adult babies (new to me) acquires herself a slave and meets a man who seems to enjoy electric shocks to his genitals – yes that’s where were going. Read along with this spectacular lady as she finds herself in a whole new world of sex and sexuality.

What I found really wonderful about this book is the honesty that we encounter as we read through – it’s not overly emotional, or draped in description – it’s a memoir, or even a diary of sorts that details the truly interesting and totally unknown depths of the sub/dom lifestyle? I don’t know if that’s the wrong word because other than this book I really have very little experience with any of the writings inside and yet I did really enjoying reading about the experiences that Joyce has despite it feeling very detached from my own personal feelings.

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The book is well written – it doesn’t linger on descriptions but details a tale of different sexual encounters. The adult baby section was particularly interesting with the sub ‘Baby Chippy,’ wanting to experience a world with no control – being allowed out of a playpen or being allowed to play with a certain toy. I must admit throughout I was mixed feelings between disbelief, bit awkward and really surprised. It’s incredible the types of ‘play’ there is and this book just opens the door to learning more – if you so wish.

For me I didn’t get engrossed in this in terms of enjoying the story because it is a little cold. It is very much descriptive and as if the author is just going through the motions a little and although it’s interesting it definitely didn’t engage me as much as I thought it would or could. Maybe it’s because none of what happens inside relates to me at all, or maybe it was a little too much.I also found the section about ‘ronins’ or slaves that are dismissed or abandoned and therefore unable to leave an independent life of their own a struggle to read – it’s so different from the life that I lead.

But, that’s why I liked this book so much – without this insight I would not have read anything about the world of BDSM – did you know for instance, whipping or spanking is done to create the most pain but not physical damage. It’s about control and letting go of the stresses rather a physical injury. I would never known that and maybe I don’t need to but I’m glad I’ve had the chance to read something so different and honestly eye-opening.

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Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille

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Hiiiiiii readers, interesting post for you today and I’m just going to throw in a trigger warning here right at the beginning. I tend to avoid books where I would need to say approach with caution but I couldn’t not review this because it may just be the most shocking book I have ever had the chance to read. In the book there are numerous quite distressing sexual scenes, there is a lot of human feces flowing and it’s a bit much – so be careful.

Before you ask; why the hell were you reading this – it was T’s fault. He’s one of these readers who likes to read the stuff that everyone talks about but not always for the best of reasons. Normally classic fiction (he’s currently reading A Clockwork Orange) he also has a thing for weird books. We were reading in the garden on a sunny afternoon. I was reading a thriller and I looked over and couldn’t ignore what I saw there; right then I decided to read it the next time I had some book free time. Here I am today reviewing for you The Story of the Eye. It might not be pretty, it might not be sane, but it’s here either way.

In 1928, Georges Bataille published this first novel under a pseudonym, a legendary shocker that uncovers the dark side of the erotic by means of forbidden obsessive fantasies of excess and sexual extremes. A classic of pornographic literature, Story of the Eye finds the parallels in Sade and Nietzsche and in the investigations of contemporary psychology; it also forecasts Bataille’s own theories of ecstasy, death and transgression which he developed in later work.

The best way to explain this book is that is has been obviously written to shock; it’s an unabashed collection of disturbing eroticism, sadism, insanity, surrealism and violence. This book is really a series of sexual encounters – over and over again we are given story after story full of surreal sexual violence and attack. The short read simply revolves around a male’s desire and fascination with a friend Simone and a young girl names Marcelle. The three flirt and indulge in truly shocking games; in one particularly shocking episode Marcelle reacts terribly, coming out of her coquettish nature and loses her mind. Insitutionalised Simone and our male character break her out of said asylum. From here I think Bataille loses it and the plot loses control. I’m not going to say any more because it’s too difficult to write about and my mother reads my blog so I’m not going to go into too much detail but there’s a lot of unconstrained, very pornographic sex. 

I was a little repulsed by this book; the amount of urine that is passed during the sexual encounters was not only difficult to read about but was terribly misogynistic. It’s animalistic, and Simone has a penchant for eggs; there are a good few pages where Simone throws said eggs into the toilet and there her obsession grows to an obscene amount. The final scene is an aggressive orgy event; here we see the three kill a man and use his dead body as part of the proceedings. So yes, that’s a thing.

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Did I enjoy this? No? Am I glad I’ve read it, yes? (is that a weird thing to say?) I’ve never read something quite so out there and aggressive in nature. I’m not sure why it’s been written other than the author to say – right I’m just going write whatever the hell I want and see what people say about it. This is not necessarily a bad thing but there’s just no more too it really; it feels as like what is the worst thing I could put down on paper? The writing swells and fades but at times it takes a nature that is so truly warped it’s a little difficult to truly understand what is happening however that may be me and my difficulty to read what I was supposed to be reading. The characters aren’t fully formed – probably because that’s not the point on the book ie a story but it does create an even more surreal feel to the book as a whole.

Overall, I am very glad I’ve read this despite its truly shocking nature just for the sheer fact I have never and am unlikely to read anything like it ever again. Would I recommend it, no I’m not going to quite do that, but if any of my darling readers have read this let me know what you thought in le comments. That would be rather lovely.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

How To Win a Guy in 10 Dates: Jane Linfoot

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Good Evening readers! Today is the first day of the #SexMeUpReadathon designed by the wonderful Laura from SheLovesToRead and the rest of the Gosling Girls. Now, if you saw last week, I read and reviewed the book ‘The Escort Next Door.’ Although technically before the readathon started I wanted to give you lot the chance to get involved and I hope you have! The readathon, if you didn’t see is trying to banish the stigma that seems to surround erotic literature on the grounds that it’s disgusting or filthy. So, all this week, everyone that has signed up to the readathon will be reading only erotic fiction and blogging about it! So here is my first official review!
The 10 Date Challenge. Take Ed: one loaded, bad boy, explosives expert, embarking on the impossible – a challenge to have ten dates with one woman. Add in Millie: a fiercely independent, feisty burlesque teacher who has sworn off men. She’s so not his type, he’s so not in her life-plan, but the heat is sizzling, and they’re fighting it all the way. And they both have issues they want to leave behind….is ten dates too long to keep the truth under wraps?

The premise to this book is a simple one; Ed Mitchum, a self-confessed commitment phobic has been set a challenge – to go on 10 dates with one woman. Pushed by his sister Cassie who has had enough of his commitment issues and his reputation for one night only encounters it’s not looking good for Ed. Until he meets the hostile and formidable Millie. Buxom, independent and a dancer of burlesque she is not one to be messed with, especially as she is officially sworn off men. These two should repel each other but there is a dazzling connection that neither can ignore. I was actually slightly surprised by this book; by the title I has assumed that it would be taken from a females perspective, however it turned this slightly on its head and instead focuses on the ways that the two connect with each other through the dates, focusing mainly on the male main character. It did take me by surprise for the first couple of chapters but I warmed to the premise of the book very quickly. I think what made this book connect with me so much was the extremely strong character profiles as both were brilliantly written. Millie is difficult and reluctant to commit but then she turns suddenly to vulnerable and naïve. Ed, however, is strong and sarcastic but turns to understanding and considerate. The depth that is written into the characters allows the author to play with their relationship changing it in a matter of paragraphs from appreciation to volatile anger. I also liked the way that both the characters have secrets to hide and the secrets are kept not only from each other but from the reader as well. It keeps the plot moving forward whilst also making the reader keep reading onwards. Additionally, I must admit that Ed is one of the sexiest characters I have ever met whilst reading. He screamed hot-mess and I would rather have liked him to jump on me!

The writing style was playful but straightforward; the characters are written so they come across as confident and self-assured which reflects the authors writing style. It doesn’t waver and it doesn’t drag out unnecessary details. Sometimes when reading a writer will pull around with the plot too much and it distracts the reader. This is avoided here and instead the writer just gets straight in, with no messing. In terms of the saucier scenes they are written with confidence and assurance. The scenes are raunchy but believable. Additionally the story focuses mainly on the relationship between the two, and only mentions the extra family members occasionally which lets the story really focus on the rising tension between Ed and Millie and I can tell you there is a lot of tension. The only problem for me was the clichéd ending I would have much rather it ended with a few ends not tied up but instead the ending is laced with cheese. It’s not the end of the world but for me it lacked a certain finesse.

Overall I really loved this book! If you’re new to erotic fiction it’s definitely one to give a go. It’s got passion, tension, sex and the discussion of a pretty interesting relationship. Definitely not one to miss! So off you go pleasure seekers!

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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?’

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