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on May 22, 2013 :
Intriguing BDSM Novel of Sexual Politics
TALES OF THE CIRCLE: BOOK ONE is a brilliantly written book concerning the Byzantine world of sexual politics in an exclusive BDSM club. Craft has penned an erotic novel full of compellingly intelligent characters and erotically charged scenes that do not romanticize the hardcore elements of the BDSM life style. This book is not your sugar-coated, many shades- of- whatever type of BSDM erotica, but a novel that depicts the BSDM world with truth and emotional complexity. In some respects, this novel is reminiscent of Laura Antoniou's series THE MARKETPLACE.
While the characters of Justine, Victoria, and Alex are written with intelligence and verve, it is the beautiful but emotionally damaged Mark Phillips that is the stand out character and the main reason to read this novel. In character of Phillips, Craft has created a memorable anti-hero of such beauty and heartbreaking complexity. Phillips's sexual energy cannot be contained but is a force of nature.
Clearly, the author does not intend for Phillips to be a romance novel style hero. Not to give away any of the plot points in this review, but Craft has the ingenuity and integrity not to sanitize Mark Phillips's past and character. Craft portrays Phillips as a dangerous bad boy with all the beauty of a fallen angel and the mercurial nature of a rising thunderstorm--and curiously at his most compelling and heartbreaking in the jagged points of his scarred psyche.
I highly recommend Tales of the Circle: Book One to any reader that enjoys deliciously edgy and intelligently written erotica.
(reviewed long after purchase)
V. Ian Masters
on May 08, 2013 :
A Hardcore soap opera! If I had to pick one word for this book, it would be unique. I’ve never read an erotic work of this length that had me as eager to read the story as the sex. The characters are well developed even though at the start they seemed like stuck up jerks I didn’t think I’d like, the author does a great job of getting me to identify with and feel for them. There are several story lines throughout the book and The Circle itself is an incredible concept that has endless possibilities and the politics of it were complex and entertaining. As for the sex? If your favorite flavor is vanilla, skip this book! Even though there are a couple of romantic scenes a lot of the sex here falls under “Holy %$%&^!”, Some of the roughest I’ve read, but all within the rules of BDSM, the author knows their “game” as it is referred to in the book. Last, but not least, I won’t give a spoiler, but the ending is a real shocker! Five stars and will definitely be checking out the rest of the series!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 11, 2013 :
I can't believe I'm the first one to review this book...it was very good. Well worth the money.I love the relationship between Justine and Lovecraft and the other members of the circle. I got a better understanding of the members and the rules and initiation into the group. The sex scenes are to die for, they will have you dripping...I mean drooling...Ahh screw it I was doing both. I'm hook to the circle and will be back for more.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)