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Hated it - but that's partly my fault as I chose to read a BDSM-themed novel, but other than that, it was lacking in emotion,
This review is from: The Charade (Paperback)I really like this author, as she can write warm, romantic tales with mega-tons of mega-hot sex,but have stayed away from her titles The Game and The Charade, as they are BDSM-heavy, but when I found this book at my library (go L B Enfield, they seem to be buying Ellora's Cave titles more and more!), I thought why not.
I tend not to like BDSM books due to the humiliation aspect of some occurrences, and for this reason, I also did not warm to The First Sin by Cheyenne McCray, another favourite author or mine, as it distracted me from the overall cop/human trafficking story which had attracted me in the first instance, and this is exactly what happened here. Initially, reading that the female lead, Ciarra Storm, had woken up next to a dead body, and panicking, had assumed another identity and had fled Earth for another planet, Ecstasy Island (it is 2106), I thought that there would be some intrigue, and thus a decent tale, but I was mistaken.
Yes, the silly girl didn't give it a lot of thought and did not check out 'Kitty' who she becomes, as the latter has a past and also a doppelganger with whom she meets, nor did she really check out the planet, and in arriving there, she laid herself open - literally and figuratively - for all that came her way, and yes, it did all come her way. I did not like how choice was taken away from her, how she had to submit to physical torture - allegedly in the name of control and thus pleasure, and how she was forced into humiliating situations with the lead, with his brother, with voyeurs and with Kitty's doppelganger.
I skim-read most of the book after the above, and was glad that it ended, but it was utterly emotionless, and I cannot see how the leads could call what they had love. IMO, romantica is meant to be erotica with romance, but this book did not come close. One good thing is that it has reinforced that I should steer clear of the genre.