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Riley de Lis is a romance and erotica writer who enjoys thinking up sexy stories and spending way too much time online. Her debut novel is The Locked Boy. Follow her on Twitter @rileydelis for news and info on upcoming releases.
on Aug. 01, 2012 :
This has been in my backlog of ebooks books to read, and I'm really glad I finally cracked open the digital cover, because once I did there was no going back. The Locked Boy is a compelling story, with engaging characters, a well constructed plot, and kinky sex. I do think I could have used a little more about the setting/world building, but overall it was a tight, flowing story that I didn't want to put down. It was even downright touching at times, with a good sprinkling of emotion and romance. It was nice to see the portrayal of BDSM relationships in a positive light, even though the main character goes through some trials before he finds the right partner (of course, this can be an issue regardless of what sort of relationship you're looking for). So, a big 'thank you' to the author for putting together a great tale. I already miss X and his companions.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 26, 2012 :
Influences from Jacqueline Carey and Robert Heinlein are abundantly evident in the setting, and the allusions to the two were charming. The fact that he is put in positions where he can't use his safeword and no other provision is made isn't highlighted very strongly, and most of the dysfunction is only evident in contrast to his second relationship. I would have really liked more focus on aftercare, but it was nice to see a BDSM relationship that was not based on pre-existing psychological trauma in one of the participants.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)