If You Dare by Evelyn Troy
2 out of 5 Stars
Zoe is fed up with her job as a PA, and she decides she wants to travel the world. In order to do that, she quits in dramatic fashion, demanding severance from her boss and even going so far as to try to blackmail him. But Dawson Alexander isn’t used to being treated like that, and he decides to show Zoe exactly what he’s been doing behind closed doors with all of the women she’s seen come and go.
Dawson opens Zoe’s eyes to a new world of sexual desires, but Zoe needs to decide if she can continue the steamy relationship or if she should move on with her original plan.
If You Dare is a BDSM story and not for the faint of heart. Although it is certainly steamy, there are a lot of things not done right. I’m not an expert on BDSM, but here are my problems with If You Dare:
- At no time does Dawson discuss limits with Zoe. After she bursts into his office and quits, he just starts to play with her without giving her any indication of what he’s going to do. He doesn’t give her a safe word during their first interaction.
- Although he does give her a safe word during their second interaction, she actually has to use it. Again, there is no discussion of limits.
- The third time they are together, Dawson takes her to a play party without having told her beforehand where they’re going or what to expect. And then he just lets her loose to do whatever. He doesn’t indicate what behavior would be acceptable or unacceptable to him, leaving her wondering at every turn if he has a problem with what she’s doing.
- There is never a time in the story where anyone discusses protection, contraception, or diseases. Zoe hooks up with random “new friends” at the play party without having discussed any of this.
I wasn’t in love with the author’s writing style. There was constant use of phrases like “if she was watching she would have seen …” This is totally unnecessary when writing in third person. I also didn’t like that technically Zoe was still working for Dawson while they carried on this relationship, and we come to find out he was using it as a trial period to see if she could handle a more important job. I don’t see how her performance in sexual activities had anything to do with her job performance. That was a total turn-off for me.
The smut factor was high in this book, so if that’s what you’re looking for in a story you might enjoy it. If You Dare didn’t do it for me though. I need a more realistic story to go along with the smut.
Babysitting the Baumgartners (Baumgartners #1) by Selena Kitt
2 out of 5 Stars
Ronnie has been babysitting for the Baumgartners’ two kids for a few years, and now she’s considered part of the family. When Doc and Mrs. B decide to take a vacation, they invite Ronnie along, all expenses paid. Ronnie’s thrilled to be able to work on her tan while watching the kids on the private beach.
Things start to heat up when Mrs. B suggests they sunbathe topless, and Ronnie can’t help being attracted to the older woman’s perfect body. Both Doc and Mrs. B seduce the babysitter, but it doesn’t take much to get her into their bed.
Babysitting the Baumgartners is what I would classify as porn without plot. If that’s your thing, then perhaps you’ll enjoy this story. I did not. There were quite a few things working against it. Right off the bat, there were errors in the plot including the ages of the children and when the family was taking the trip. The story was also a bit unrealistic. Ronnie is nineteen, but she seemed quite naïve yet she went along with everything the Baumgartners said or did. And then there was the cliché. She watched them having sex and got off from it more than once. Doc was watching porn and she decided to masturbate where he could see her. Mrs. B had to shave her bikini area for her. Having suffered through all of this, I at least hoped for a decent ending. I was disappointed once more. The Baumgartners basically dumped her for another babysitter after they returned from the trip.
I’m sure some readers will enjoy the eroticism, but it just didn’t work for me. Babysitting the Baumgartners includes m/f, f/f, and m/f/f scenes.
Look but Don’t Touch (Touch Series Book 1) by Cara Dee
5 out of 5 Stars
Nicholas Ford is trying to settle down with a nice woman. He’s a successful club owner in his mid-thirties, and his girlfriend thinks it’s time to take the next step in their relationship—moving in with him. But Nick has made himself miserable in this new life by denying his true nature. Attending an event at his BDSM club for Daddies and Littles seals the deal for him. He not only realizes what he’s been missing, but he also meets Kayla, a sweet, unattached Little.
Attending his girlfriend’s sister’s wedding the following day, Nick once again runs into Kayla, who happens to be a cousin of the bride and his girlfriend. Neither Nick nor Kayla can deny their attraction to each other, and what follows will have you toweling off from all the heat.
Daddy/Little stories are not something I read too often as that particular fetish doesn’t interest me very much. This one, however, was so well done all I wanted was more. Look but Don’t Touch is only about 15,000 words according to the summary. We get a good look into Nick’s head, understanding how he came to be so miserable in his current relationship, but his relationship with Kayla is only getting started when the story ends. What we do see is hot as hell though, and it also gives a good glimpse into how a Daddy/Little relationship works.
Having read some of Cara’s work previously, I wasn’t disappointed with this story—other than wanting more of it. Had this been a full-length novel, I would’ve kept right on reading.