Book Review: Sadie (An Affection for Lipstick) by Stacie Moore

**  This is an erotic short story, if you don’t read erotica or aren’t interested in erotica or for some reason are offended by erotica STOP READING NOW!!  You have been warned**

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The author is a friend.  This is the first time I’m reviewing a book of a person I actually know and socialize with on a regular basis.  So I was a little apprehensive about reading a book written by someone I know.  Let alone it being of THIS genre.

I didn’t know what to expect.  Yes, I read erotica.  Much more than I review on this site.  But I figure that I am the “Eclectic Bookworm”.  But I’m not sure I will ever read that T.Rex or Bigfoot erotica.

This is a short story, so there really is no synopsis.  I do need to point out some things though.  This involves lesbian, menage and anal activity.

The first thing I was pleasantly surprised by is that it is well written.  Not that my friend isn’t smart, but you really can’t get an accurate gauge on a person as a writer from their FB posts, text messages and conversations in bars.  So I was really blown away by that.  And most erotica that I’ve read really isn’t well written.  It doesn’t evoke emotions.  It can be extremely mechanical.  And this wasn’t it at all.

The author is excellent at building anticipation.  In fact, most of the story focuses on the anticipation of events, rather than the events themselves.

It is a very quick, to the point, short story about a brief, life changing encounter (for one participant) that is different from anything I have ever read.  It takes some activity that isn’t exactly mainstream and makes it that.  Just another encounter involving a woman picked up at a bar.

Well done.  And I’m not saying that just because a friend wrote it.

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Book Review: Muffin Man by Stephan Collina

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This was a very interesting book, but there were many places where I was confused.  Here is the synopsis:

The Muffin Man is an authentic and atmospheric tale set in the strife torn Britain and America of the 1970s. The tale begins with a premonition that leads to the formation of a secretive political organisation. The story unfolds in twists and turns through the ordinary lives of innocents who are sucked into an accelerating and dangerous vortex of drug dealing, assassination and murder. Story Outline A former high-flying US Army Colonel is recruited to form the covert arm of a secretive political organisation. His alienated daughter Anne runs away from home but ends up unknowingly working for her father’s organisation in England. A bright, likeable middle-class young Englishman by accident becomes a major drug dealer. His beautiful but manipulative girlfriend Louise assists him in his drug dealing but leaves him for the corrupt police inspector who supplies them. The inspector is blackmailed into becoming the secretive organisation’s man in the UK. He recruits David and initiates a succession of successful assassinations. His rewards lead to arrogance and an early death, or do they?

This author is a very good writer.  I had to use the dictionary function on my Kindle several times throughout this book.  His descriptions of places and people are excellent and place the reader right there with the characters.  Occasionally the descriptions can get a bit verbose, but overall, excellent writing.

The difficulty I had was that the entire “conspiracy” is vaguely explained.  I had a difficult time trying to figure out who was in charge, what their goals were, etc.  Maybe that is what the author was going for?  But with conspiracy type books I’ve read in the past, the plot is fully explained, at least at some point.

The character development is fantastic.  I truly hate Louise and I can identify with Anne.  And I can fully see the struggle that David has with what he is doing and what he knows is right.

Some characters are just mentioned once, and then vaguely at the end.  So that was difficult as well.

There are graphic sex scenes in this book that I didn’t expect.  Not violent, at least not until the end, and it didn’t trigger me, but I didn’t expect it.

This book is also very long.  I do feel that some sequences, such as the day to day lives of some characters, could be eliminated.

A very interesting read, I do feel it could have been better.  But good effort.

Book Review: Hers to Choose and His to Lose by Lizzie Ashworth

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** This is a review of extremely x rated books**

Nothing like a disclaimer at the beginning of a book to pique my interest.

I have absolutely no qualms with reading extremely x rated stuff.  Most of it is curiosity.  But sometimes I am really surprised at how well written one of these novels can be.

That is the case with these two books, Hers to Choose and His to Lose by Lizzie Ashworth.  I received a copy of each in return for a review.

Here is the synopsis of Hers to Choose:

Bryn McClure is running out of time. With foreclosure in the last stages, she’s about to lose the beloved twelve-hundred acre Ozark farm she inherited from her grandparents. Her desperate last hope is to sell hunting rights for deer season.

Alex Cannon is running out of options. After a humiliating discovery about his wife, Alex’s cousin and property development business partner Dan has spiraled into a life-threatening depression. Alex hatches a brilliant idea of what might help Dan, and on advice from an old friend, contacts Bryn. A hunting trip might be the perfect route to a new outlook for Dan, especially with the extra touch Alex wants from Bryn.

When Bryn agrees to Alex’s special request, she’s thrilled not only with the promise of badly needed income, but also with the prospect of bondage and discipline. Her appetite for kink has sharpened during her lonely year of rural living. It seemed like such a good idea when she agreed to it.

But standing on her porch watching these two gorgeous men climb out of their truck and walk toward her, she thinks maybe she hadn’t fully appreciated how complicated things could become. Alex stuns her with his warmth and charm, but the cold and angry Dan is the one she’s supposed to submit to. By the second day, when the first spanking sparks her passions, she realizes she may be in for a wild ride.

For adult readers only. Contains explicit language and intense sexual activity including BDSM, anal, and m/f/m interactions.

This goes far beyond what was discussed in “Fifty Shades of Grey”, and I think that is what made it so much better.  It is a peek into the lifestyle without looking through the virginal eyes of Anastasia Steele.

Bryn had a previous BDSM relationship, she knows what to expect, and she actually likes it and craves it.  Not because she is a twisted individual, not because she is trying to please someone, but because this is actually her sexual preference.

One thing I have learned through reading books like this, and especially as a nurse, is that sexual behavior varies along a pretty wide spectrum.  BDSM is just one of stops on the spectrum.

The book also discusses the “why” behind the preference.  That is something you really don’t get in Fifty, outside of Christian Grey’s outward explanations of his desires to Anastasia.

BDSM is not deviant or dangerous when practiced safely between two consenting adults.  And this book shows that.

The author even goes as far as illustrating how this type of activity can be very dangerous when it is unwanted and practiced by the uninitiated.

Even without all the kink, this book would be seriously hot.  The author is adeptly skilled at creating sexual tension throughout the story.  In most books that are somewhat similar, it is just graphic sex scenes broke up by a few bits of non-sexual story.  Fifty is somewhat like that.

Not so with this book.  Several times where I thought I knew where the action was headed, I was pleasantly (sometimes annoyingly) surprised that the interaction didn’t end up with wild sex.

The only complaint I have is with some of the language used in descriptions of sexual acts.  The word “squishy” comes to mind.  I understand that there are only so many ways to describe a certain activity, but for some reason, that really stood out.

The synopsis of His to Lose:

Dan Cannon confronts the worst experience of his life when he discovers money, and lots of it, is missing from company accounts. He’s a little heartbroken over the loss of Bryn in the intimate threesome he and his cousin Alex shared with her, even though he’s happy the couple is ready to start a family. He blames himself for being distracted so much that Cannon Company has suffered. When he hires CPA Riley Montgomery to track down the money, the last thing he expects is to find himself completely distracted by the woman. 

Riley can’t afford to venture off into unethical dalliance with a client, even if the client is the devastatingly handsome Dan Cannon. She tries to stay focused on the pact she’s made with her old friend and current lover Lucy Duncan, after failed marriages caused both women to swear off men. But Lucy decides Dan is too good to pass up, especially after he makes good on his threat to spank her. 

Things go from bad to worse when Riley uncovers a money trail pointing to Cannon Company’s long-time employee and Lucy realizes that the sparks flying between Dan and Riley scream for friendly intervention. With her role in the investigation ended and her attraction to Dan testing her limits, Riley becomes mystified about his lack of follow-up and decides to take bold action.

Again, very graphic, but a good story as well.

It is less a BDSM primer than Hers to Choose and more of a story about two people who have been seriously hurt in the past and are reluctant to risk their hearts again.

Again, the sexual tension is palpable.  Just through the descriptions of looks, gestures and words, the author is able to convey the highly charged atmosphere.

I appreciated the turn of the tables later on in the book.  Things go both ways, apparently, and that isn’t readily conveyed in Fifty.

And as before, the book would be scorching without the kinky shenanigans.  The BDSM is more of a subplot than the focus.

With both of these books, if you are squeamish at all about human sexual behavior, do not pick it up.

If you are at all offended by sexual practices that are out of the conventional “norm” do not pick it up.

But if you are curious and like hot sex scenes, then give it a try.

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Book Review– Lucky Girl: How I Survived the Sex Industry by Violet Ivy

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I was drawn to this book because I love memoir.

I was initially wary because of my personal history with domestic violence and rape, but when I asked the author about any possible triggers, she answered right away that only one or two places may bother me.  She was right, and I appreciate her honesty.  

Here is the synopsis:

The intimate autobiography of an international call girl. Scary, funny and bizarre stories recorded for your amusement, edification or simply for interesting dinner conversation. 

The sex industry is clouded in mystery. It has to be to some extent or it wouldn’t survive. But in this age of internet porn, buying pubic hair trimmings online and wife swapping parties it’s about time the veils of mystery were taken down. 

For moralists, let’s visit the chicken and the egg scenario. Which came first the prostitute or the client? If there were no clients then obviously there would be no sex workers. But what if there weren’t any prostitutes? Would guys wank themselves silly to porn? Harass their post-menopausal wives? Frequent bars trying their luck? Or hassle the secretary and risk being charged with sexual harassment? Would statistics for rape be on the increase? Is prostitution a necessary evil in our society? Don’t mindlessly believe and quote information spoon fed to you by friends, family or the media. Make an educated decision. 

Although it was never my intention to get into this industry, I’ve travelled the world, had incredible experiences and bought several properties. I won’t have to rely on the government pension when I retire. 

My closest friends are co-workers, madams and clients. Brilliant people who I would never otherwise have had the good fortune to meet. I will never regret my decision to enter this field. It has not always been a bed of roses, but when I compare it to what my life might have been; cleaning job, shitty boss, marriage, perhaps divorce, mortgage, kids, living in the burbs, scraping by to give my kids a better life than I was destined for, I feel that I have been rescued… thank God. 

Money doesn’t make you happy? Tell that to someone thrown out of his house because he can’t make the payments or the mother who can’t afford Christmas presents for her kids again this year. I’ve been poor. Money equals choices. Options of how to travel on this journey we call life. Did I make some mistakes? Sure! But there’s not too much I’d change. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Money gives security. Poverty causes ulcers. Financial hardship can also make you compromise yourself in ways that being a sex worker never will. 

This industry eats its young and damages those not strong enough to cope. Every worker has a different personality, head space, upbringing, personal history and therefore experience. This book is a glimpse of mine. I am not advocating anyone join the profession. That is a personal choice. 

When I started out I could never have imagined what my life journey would look like or where I would be now. I don’t even know where in the world I will be in twelve months. What I will be doing? Who I might be bonking, caning or smearing with hot wax? Exciting isn’t it? Carpe diem – seize the day. I’m a lucky girl.

This book fascinated me because of the subject matter.  In most places in the U.S., prostitution is illegal.  I have always felt that a legalized sex industry could do so much to improve the lives of the women that choose the oldest profession, and as a nurse, I have thought that a regulated industry can do so much to improve STD rates.

This book went far to further those ideals.  This woman wasn’t forced into it.  She is not a sex slave or beholden to a pimp.  She made a decision (yes, it was motivated by money) to offer a service for a fee.  And she has done very well for herself.

I enjoyed her candid way of explaining her story.  Her honesty in writing that she got into it for the money, and stays because she likes it.  She is honest with herself, her friends and family that “know” and with her clients.  Most women don’t know themselves this well.

I enjoyed her stories, maybe not the one that she mentioned would trigger me (and it did, but I survived) but the ones that discussed her long term clients, the client who was losing his virginity.  I especially enjoyed her stories about her time in a very high-priced sex club in London.

I loved her contrasts between her life and that of her sister (a seemingly straight laced “mum”). 

I truly see her point about her profession.  That is is definitely needed.  That she is a licensed professional in every sense of the word.  

I do ache for her loneliness.  As she says, she would probably question someone who was ok with what she does in terms of a romantic relationship.  She is able to separate her work from her personal life, but clearly others have not been able to.

Again, I’m a nurse, and also very secure and happy in my sexual life.  I regularly read erotica.  I have no qualms about the human body or its functions.  I have no issues with sex, other than sex that is forced on others.  I enjoyed her book for what it was, a memoir of a life I have never thought much about.

Intrigued?  Give it a try.   

 

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