I really enjoyed the variety of sexual scenarios in this novella. They were all extremely steamy and realistic. I would have perhaps liked to linger a little longer over Sarah's frat challenge, which was banged through (pun intended) quite quickly. The thing I love most about Chastity's work, however, are those great snippets of humour she weaves in. Great read!
I really enjoyed this. Mina was very well-written, believable and relatable - the perfect protagonist. The whole story was incredibly engaging and there was much more to it than just a quick sex scene, which, for my money, made the foreplay and eventual consummation even more steamy. Will definitely be looking out for more by this author.
Nice short story. Ayana Prende's crafted something sexy, heartfelt and 'real' in only a few thousand words. Characters were well-rounded and I sympathized with them both, particularly the female narrator. And, perhaps most importantly with a short piece of erotica, the sexual descriptions were steamy, tantalizing and well-paced. Look forward to more from Prende.
As a previous reviewer mentioned, the abuse scene was pretty rough - but I felt it was done 'tastefully', without any unnecessarily graphic description, and it certainly wasn't titillating. Overall, really well written story. The penultimate scene was sensual and tender. And I loved the twist, but I want to know what happens next! You left me hanging, MJ.
This is a well-written novella, with some great humor and very sexy moments. All three of the main characters were likeable and realistic. The only thing I found myself wanting to know more about was Anna's motive. Was it purely altruistic, was it self-preservation (sensing that it would happen sooner or later, so better with her permission), or was she getting off on it, too?
I've given only four stars rather than the full five for two reasons. First, I very nearly passed it by, the cover indicating that it was male-centric erotica. Actually, although the protagonist is a man and the fantasy (turned reality) is unquestionably a very male one, the book would appeal just as much to women. To me, it's more than just a quick, wham-bam, porn-style conceit.
The other reason I didn't plump for the full five is because the synopsis gives the game away. From the off, there is a sense of where we're headed, but any 'will it/won't it happen?' tension that may have existed doesn't, because the synopsis reveals the answer.
But I loved the plot, the writing style and the characters. So, will definitely be looking for more of Lysander Ward's work.
A really sweet and, sometimes troubling read, the novel looks at 'female hysteria' in the latter part of the nineteenth century and the women of that era, who had to defer to their husband in matters of their health and...well, everything.
The protagonist is a pretty well fleshed out character, and her plight is one we're rooting for from the start. It's a standard, well-worn path of 'modern girl' trapped in a constricted world, and maybe that's a bit cliche, but it works. It's clear that there is something at the heart of Katherine's reluctance to be intimate with her husband, and the revelation of that is handled nicely. Her husband, Edward, turns out to be a thoroughly nasty piece of work, and is a great villain-shaped foil for the sweet-natured hero, Dr. Hershaw.
I got absorbed in the Victorian London of Ayana Prende's imagination, and struggled to put the book down. Nothing in the novel seemed extraneous, so it kept me eager to find out what was going to happen next.
The love scenes were well-written and steamy - a great mix of smokin' hot and romantic. The awakening of Katherine's desire comes across really effectively, and there's realism in the predicament she finds herself in.
I'll definitely be reading the book again!