Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Deep End

✮✮✮ A delicious world of erotica, BDSM with alpha-subs and their Dommes, and a gripping love story… Welcome to The Bee’s Honey! The first book in New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley’s Honey Series, THE DEEP END is a seductive and rich love story releasing March 7, 2017! And check out the tantalizing excerpt below! ✮✮✮

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About THE DEEP END (Erotic Romance Releasing March 7, 2017):

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

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As he slowly closed the door behind him and moved his eyes to look through the room, taking it in, she watched them get wide.

They dropped to her and his amusement was clear. Not only radiating from his gaze but twitching his lips.
Another unusual—and unacceptable—reaction.
He thought this was funny.
 She hoped like fuck she had the opportunity to prove him wrong.
She crossed her arms on her chest and slightly put out a foot, like she was about to start tapping her toe. In the wrap dress she wore, she knew this opened the overlap, not exposing anything, but the promise for him was impossible to resist.
His attention dropped to her legs.
 “In the playrooms,” she began with a snap, and his gaze cut to hers, “I want eye contact. Unless otherwise instructed, you should not only feel free to look me directly in the eyes, if I’m in your line of sight or I’m not giving you something that your body’s natural reaction would make it difficult to meet my gaze, I require it.”

She stood there staring as he did nothing but dip his chin in acknowledgment.
Exceptionally cheeky.
“Unless I’ve asked for their silence or for them to ask for leave to speak, I also require my toys to respond when they’re spoken to. Even if it’s only a ‘yes, Mistress,’ or ‘no, Mistress.’”
His stance relaxed, like he was settling in at the beginning of a show he found vaguely intriguing, and his deep rumble of a voice bounced like boulders through the room. “Yes, Mistress.”
Christ, even his voice declared his challenge.
“Excellent,” she allowed. “Your name?”
 “Olivier,” he answered.
Also unusual, at least in this country. And interesting.
She liked it a great deal.
She studied him.
He let her, holding her eyes.
“I’m Mistress Amélie,” she eventually informed him.
“I know. You got a lotta fans out there…Mistress.”
The hesitation over him saying “Mistress” gave less of the impression he was testing her and more of the strange impression the word was unpracticed when, with any experienced sub, it would slip right off their tongue.
She made no comment to that.
“There are things we should go over,” she remarked.
“Right,” he stated, his big body adjusting again, now like he was settling in further, intent on giving her the same attention he would a flight attendant who gave the safety address.
That being no more than a courtesy.
She fought the shiver his actions created but allowed the irritation.
“Your safe word is kitten,” she stated.
“Yes, Mistress.”
“You’re open to any kind of play,” she went on.
“Yes, Mistress.”
“It’s important and now’s the time to share should there be anything you wish me to shy away from, Olivier. Especially as this is the first time I’ve played with you.”
Something in his eyes flashed. Blue eyes that were the color of nothing and everything. Not sky. Not sea. Not midnight. A pure blue that only existed in the unchartable depths of a rainbow.
She felt that flash snake up between her thighs, taking residence in her womb.
He wanted this conversation done so she would play with him. He wanted the preliminaries over so they’d get to the good stuff.
He wanted her.
She stared into those blue eyes and for a moment felt mesmerized.
For God’s sake, Leigh, she berated herself in an effort to pull it together. Rainbow?
“Olivier,” she prompted.
“I’m open to anything,” he confirmed.

Kristen Ashley is one of my favorite authors so I just couldn't pass up a book of hers. That doesn't mean I wasn't nervous going into this though because honestly I was terrified that I wouldn't like it. Sure, an Alpha-Sub isn't a fake thing and a lot of subs in the lifestyle are actually Alpha in their everyday lives. But reading about it, and especially when said sub is male, isn't really my thing. But again, this author is my favorite and she's actually one of the only authors that has been able to redeem a character for me (Sebring) so I had to give it a go.

Anyway, on to the book. The Deep End is a new endeavor for KA fans and takes you on a very carnal and hedonistic ride through the Bee's Honey. Here we meet Amelie, a top Domme at the club, and Olivier, a new sub to the scene. Amelie has a desire for Alpha-subs and Olly fits that bill to a T, so she takes up with the sub and makes him her toy. 

In all honestly the beginning of this book didn't go too well for me and up until 20% I was thinking that it wouldn't be more than a three star read. Amelie was kind of hard to believe as being a Top Domme in the club and her character just wasn't likable. It almost seemed like she was the one that was new to the scene and not Olly. It also got a little frustrating when some scenes were just too wordy and I had to go back and re-read them to get a picture in my head of what was actually going on. KA's writing is usually very full but here it almost seemed like she got lost in her own words and a few things weren't described very well. 

But after that initial beginning everything changed and I got very into the story. Olly and Amelie had some fantastic scenes together from this point on and I was completely captivated by them. When I finished the book I actually forgot for awhile that the beginning wasn't a hit for me and all I could think about was how amazing the rest of the story was. This is a true erotica so the majority of the story takes place in the club or the bedroom but I was more than okay with that. There's still a romantic story under all of the sensual scenes, though, and I enjoyed that just as much. 

KA definitely put her own unique twist on the usual BDSM stories and I loved seeing the differences she put on this type of story. One of the reasons I love her as an author so much is because she'll never conform to what most authors are doing and there's no doubt in my mind that no matter what genre she writes, she will always make it her own. She also threw in a few side characters that really intrigued me so I really hope this won't be just a two book series. I need more of these hot men! 

Bottom line, there are many people that won't like this story but that's just the way it goes. But from me it's definitely recommended read and if you're up for a different kind of erotic tale I think it's a must-try. I'm really excited for the next story, and I have my suspicions on who it will be about so I hope I'm right. 

The Deep End Playlist:
Sex and Candy - Maroon 5
Lovely - Brent Faiyaz
Versace On The Floor - Bruno Mars 
What You Need - The Weeknd 
Never Gonna Give You Up - The Black Keys 
Lovin', Touchin, Squeezin' - Journey 
Neighbors Know My Name - Trey Songz

About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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