disappointing storyline

The Erotic Dark (A BDSM Erotica Novel) Nina Lane

I bought this book after seeing it recommended on another site. Whether I buy books or receive ARC’s the review is the same – always my honest opinion. I don’t gush and give false praise – I don’t believe that helps readers or authors so what you read is what I truly feel about a book.

Lydia is seeking escape to avoid being caught for embezzling her firm and embarrassing her family, affecting their careers and happiness. Preston, her childhood friend promises to help her if she gives total control of herself to him. He takes her to a secluded island where she becomes a …not sure what term to use, sex slave doesn’t seem right exactly but in essence that’s what she is. Preston and his colleagues Gabriel and Kruin use and punish Lydia as they wish and she hates it at first but learns that objecting just brings further punishment. They’re a dark trio and each have their own ways of treating her – I wonder what’s in their backgrounds to affect them this way. We learn about Preston and his motives but not the other two. Gradually Lydia finds a sort of peace but them a party is planned….

I didn’t really gell with any of the characters, and I think that’s what’s affected my enjoyment of this novel. The storyline seemed to have been created as a vehicle for sex scenes of submission, group sex, whippings, canings and spankings. To me this is the wrong way round and the story is the main focus. I’m not offended by graphic sex but to be erotic and sensual one needs to empathise with the characters and I felt disembodied from them.

If you just want to read about some BDSM sex and don’t need the emotion that goes with eroticism then this book is fine – for me it didn’t work. The story was promising but thin and the sex very unemotional. The characters had redeemed themselves a bit by the end but that was too late for me – I really didn’t like any of them by then. I’ve never read any works by Nina – possibly this is just a one off and her other books are more erotic, I don’t know but its gone from my kindle now as I’ll not want to read it again. There’s a warning about the sex on the description so please take note – though I don’t agree that its hot, raunchy sex the rest is accurate.

At £1.95 for 197 pages its ok value wise but only if its the type of book you want. If you want a decent story this is not your book, if you want page after page of BDSM sex it is.

Stars: well, sorry but for me its just 2 stars, its well written technically but I simply didn’t like the content.



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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

One response to “disappointing storyline”

  1. andallthingsnicexxx says :

    enjoyed your honest account.

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