OVERALL THOUGHTS: I’ve read quite a few Romance novels, I’ve also read quite a few erotic novels, but I’ve just recently started to read BDSM (other than Fifty Shades of Grey). Erotic fiction is on the upswing and if you’re looking for something new and “adventurous” this would be a great read for you. Emma and Adrian have chemistry that lights up the pages and the story flows in and out of the BDSM lifestyle fluidly. But readers beware… if you blush easily, an e-reader won’t hide what you’re reading if you, like Emma, have an audience.
SYNOPSIS: Master Adrian Cayne knows how to bring exquisite pain or pleasure to a woman’s body. Before he’ll take on an inexperienced submissive, he expects her to pass a series of seductive tests of increasing intensity to see if she’s receptive to his unique and dark skills. Under his command and relentless determination, she’ll relinquish control to him.
Emma is known to thoroughly research her articles for the tabloid magazine Scandal. Her latest assignment to write about Dark Odyssey, a new BDSM club, is her chance to indulge in her taboo desires for the sex she craves as a submissive. With her job and future career on the line, she has to write a lurid, gossip story. But her heart isn’t in it because she’s falling for Adrian.
Raw and hot passion draws them past guarded limits, but when secrets are revealed, trust will be the final test for true love.
*** Inside Scoop: Emma’s journey includes public sex scenes and watching a scene with a sadist and masochist.
THE LOWDOWN: This is a great “first” read for a newbie to the genre, simply because Emma is a newbie to the lifestyle. You get to follow her path and learn from her master. Emma enters into the world of BDSM through the doors of an elite club that brings heat to the pages straight from the very beginning. As a journalist, Emma isn’t there for just pleasure; she’s there to dig dirt for the gossip rag she writes for. But eventually her naughty and nice sides collide, causing a well thought out story-line upheaval. This new lifestyle Emma is exploring comes with responsibility: She has to carry a vast level of trust that has to be reciprocated, an idea that the author accentuates throughout the book. Trust, and the issues that tail it, are some of the main reasons that the story line of this book worked so well.
Kathy Kulig brought the heat and didn’t play nice. She dove into the realities, and consequences, of living a lifestyle some dub “alternative”. Both Emma and Adrian have their worlds rocked, within the walls of the club and out. The idea that the lifestyle that brought them together could be the very thing that pulls them apart underpinned most of the scenes. Desperation, tension, and delayed intense sexual gratification created an atmosphere that kept this reviewer engaged in the story.
Erotica walks a fine line. Often times you get steamy scenes with very little plot, or lack-luster sex scenes and a hard to follow plot. It’s a rare to find a read that blends the two, stoking the fire with the story, not just the sex. Kulig has done this but that shouldn’t take anything away from the sex. It’s hot and there were a few times I had to back track and re-read because I couldn’t believe what I’d read was what was actually written on the page. BUT if you’re looking for something that’ll take you out of your comfort zone and dump you into a place where you’d most likely be dangling from the ceiling in your birthday suit, with the not so subtle sting of leather electrifying your skin, then get to your reader and download this book. I promise … you’ll never look at your toothbrush the same again.