Drowning Ophelia

Rated 4.20/5 based on 5 reviews
What began as a regular trip home turns drastically different for naive and melancholy Ophelia. Delayed in a dark manor, secrets unfold and sexualities unleash. Ophelia goes from a boring and unromantic life to stuck between two loves. It seems like a fairy tale, though not everything is sparkling.

In Eva Natsumi’s debut erotic novella, she brings a new twist to Dracula and vampires in general. More

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About Eva Natsumi

When Eva Natsumi was in adolescence she was diagnosed with a rare and debilitating illness. She realized that she could never do anything the normal way, and that cultured a creative view of life.

She doesn't much care for genres. She writes what she wants to write. They're a little humorous, a lot dark, and mostly about twisted people.

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Review by: 713 on June 08, 2013 :
Drowning Ophelia(Immoral Dracula#1) by Eva Natsumi

I was given this R2R in exchange for my honest review.

Wow where to even start on this one. This was so ridiculous, it was laughable. This is not your typical Vamp story boys and girls.

First off apparently this town does not own underclothes. Lol. No bras, panties, nothing. They also like to wear sheer white clothing in the rain. And are virgin waitress, Ophelia, is a freak, who wants to show her lady bits, to the customers, but would also like to stab them with a fork. Go figure, completely normal.
Then we end up on a bus right. The only available seat is next to this gorgeous lady, so she must take it, falling into her lap, because of the rude driver. This is going to cause quite a few wardrobe malfunctions, and they play I'll show you mine if you show me yours. This is going to lead to our virgin waitress getting finger on the bus, along with pics of lipstick shoved up her and big black dildos.
The bus has to pull over because the rain is just too strong. They stop at the only thing for miles, a mansion. Which leads to the virgin waitress having sex with the owner, being completely skilled at everything, including the art of a perfect blow job. The owner has had an accident, that requires him to drink fresh human blood( yep, he's a vamp, I guess ), but this doesn't bother our not so virgin waitress, so she decides she should bite, too. So we ave one big bloody mess of sex.

The lady from the bus shows up, and they go for a walk, only to find a coffin, full of every kind of kink sex toy. So the girls decide to play, Nina from the bus, beats her with a spiked bar, cause her to bleed, but she's strangely okay with this. This gets interrupted by the owner's assistant.

Ophelia goes back to fight with him for spying, and storms out mad. When she decided she will go out to the gardens, of his cucumber farm, and have wild kinky sex with herself using a cucumber. This is made better by the fact that he can watch through his window. She notices a shadow coming so shoves this cucumber up inside herself, and have a meaningful talk with Nina, only to laugh through most of it.

Nina wants to know what's going on. Ophelia pulls out the cucumber, and proceeds to use it on Nina. Then shows us, she is also a master rider, of a cucumber. And if all this is not strange enough. The assistant walks up again.

This leads to Ophelia and Nina tag teaming the vamp, in another bloody sex fest. Bad things happen, and Ophelia runs outside. As she's sitting against the wall, thinking, she hears voices, and everything goes black. And what happens next you ask? Hell if I know that's the end.

So there ya have it folks, it's just weird, bizarre sex scene after another, all with a virgin, who seems to be more skilled than a professional porn star. So if that's what ya are looking for, this is it.

I read this a a comedy, not sure, what it is meant to be, though. For that it was pretty funny, in a completely unbelievable way. I mean what's not to love about a sex god, virgin. Haha.

As to the title, not really sure, other than maybe she was drowning in lust. Who knows.

Now would I read the second one, maybe, because I'm very curious as to why she blacked out. And I'm wonder just how completely far fetched this story can go.

Thank you to the author for all this craziness, it did keep my attention, even if it was only to find out what was next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Aeterna Nox on Dec. 13, 2012 :
I received this book from the author through goodreads, and must thank her for sharing her work with myself and other members of the book junkie community. I enjoyed reading this very much, and appreciate the opportunity to share my own personal opinions.

I was intrigued by a line in her interview where she stated that she 'was not afraid to have the characters be melancholy' (paraphrased) True to the authors stated intent, Love and Lust entering the lives of her characters did not instantly fix everything that was wrong in their little worlds, lending a valuable realism to a very fantastic theme. Indeed, I was far more drawn to the work for this.

I do, however, feel as though it left me wanting. While Natsumi's statement in a Goodreads interview that "[Ophelia] lives a stagnant and boring life. She comes in to her own with the help of Casimir and Nina. We see her break free through sexual exploration and the conversations Ophelia has with the two. At the same time, we see her struggle with breaking from mental and emotional stagnation" is not false, there could have been much more in the writing to show this. As is always the peril of a novella, often times these developments in Ophelia's mental and emotional character were eclipsed by the swift forward progression of the plot. Several points of importance were presented as a single thought or sentence, downplaying the significance of their nature. Although in the erotica genre, this is often necessary to get back to the actual erotica, I include this argument because of another part of Natsumi's Goodreads interview where she states: "I've found that a lot of what's on the market right now doesn't have much character or plot development. I can't write a story without really meaty characters, because those are the types of stories that I crave. I know this is an erotica, but I probably could have classified it as something else."

As written, I do not agree with the last part of her statement, but I do not doubt that there are plenty of places where the story could have moved away from the confines of the erotic genre and been fleshed out with more development of Ophelia (i.e. How her mind works is evident in the prose, but there could be much more of why in there.) Were this to be elaborated upon and expanded into a full length novel, I am certain that Natsumi could successfully straddle the chasm between sever genres, while still delivering the things that fans of each come to expect in their books.

I loved her approach to the vampire lore. I always have loved to see new variants on old mythos and legend, and after the massive let-down of sparkly vampires who shall remain unnamed, Casimir was a welcome reprieve. Dark, forceful, vaguely evil and yet not without redeeming qualities, Natsume blends the prefect amounts of lust worthy man-meat and deadly mystery to produce a mixture of fear and wonder when considering the character. Ophelia is often swept forward by the events unfolding, but is only a helpless observer in her own life where her emotional disposition would naturally have her allow others to take the lead, and does not blindly allow herself to be steered at all times, making her depression seem very realistic. Nina is a strong contrast, full of vitality, and bleeding light into the dark setting enough to make everything more realistic.

And the steam. The Steam. The actual erotic scenes in the book play out quite nicely. Each has a different feel to it, and the emotions that the characters would be feeling given the circumstances of the plot around them all pay into the bedroom antics. Often times I find in the erotic genre, there is a story that gets put on hold while people have sex. Natsumi avoids this pitfall splendidly, with the sex being both a primal, animalistic need at times, and at others motivated by the thoughts and emotions of the characters.

Because I feel there is much room for growth, I can only give this novella a three star rating. The potential beneath the surface can clearly be seen, and with time and experience, I look forward to a bright future in Eva Natsumi's erotica career.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Mary Catherine on Dec. 05, 2012 :
I was asked to review this and I’m glad I did. Forbidden Shades of Dracula is up my ally.

So, moving on, this book has a lot going on. It’s not another fifty shades rip off. You could say there are some fifty shades elements, but I think Natsumi does something else entirely in this book. In some scenes she does give in to familiar erotica precepts, like exhibitionism and using the adjectives “smooth” and “delicate” too much. There is a scene, however, involving a cucumber and the discussion of death that is bizarre and thought provoking, and also the reason I’m giving this five stars.

Every time I started to think Natsumi was going to do something boring and cliche, she pulled me back in with some killer one liner. Her characters were not the usual “I’m deep because I listen to indie rock” types. At times I felt like the characters weren’t just fantasies but I’d somehow spied in on their real lives. Like I said, she does have a proclivity for cliche, so the feeling wasn't always there. Eva Natsumi created something raw and that was enough to make me contemplate five stars.

There were some grammatical errors, but not as much as I’m used to with indie books. It looked pretty decently edited, actually.

All in all, I did struggle a bit with giving this book five stars but only because it felt like it could have been something more. It’s teetering on mainstream erotica while verging on something weird and new. I gave her five stars because this book did entertain me, I did find it sexy, and, most importantly, I’m hoping to see more from her. I hope with her next books she comes in to herself. Her eery and thought provoking style is something I like. It’s not something I’m used to and is something I’m definitely looking to see more of.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Eric Lo on Nov. 24, 2012 :
If you are a fan of lit-erotica and great writing, then you need to read this book! Not only is it tantalizing but it also has a good story! I can't wait to read the next one.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Eric Lo on Nov. 24, 2012 :
If you are a a fan of lit-erotica and good writing, then you need to read this book. Not only is it tantalizing, but it also has a good story! Can't wait to read the next one. Keep up the great work.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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