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- Print Length: 295 pages
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- Language: English
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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I loved Julian & Tristan together. I thought their chemistry & dynamic was quite captivating & wow WOW to their sexual attraction - it was on fire! I had a real soft spot for Julian, who really did have a very lovable side & gorgeous personality, which actually complimented the cocky, arrogant persona of Tristan - even if he does have reason to be that way. There was many a time i really did want to punch the 'snarl' or 'sneer' right off his face.
Mia is our heroine &, to be honest I washed hot & cold with her. I found the early circumstances a bit bizarre & not really that believable. You would think a simple no from a grown adult would mean no & even though it led to a very sinful relationship, i found myself struggling to connect with her on so many levels.
I'm pleased I stayed with it till the end though, because the last third for me was much stronger. I actually turned my thoughts around quite a bit for Mia as her character become more easy to relate too & a whole lot more mature.
Overall an ok read, & one that has left me wondering what the second installment will have in store.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
A dip outside my norm, but I was pointed in this direction, and the book is free for KU subscribers. I love KU!
I do like erotica when it has a solid story attached. This was fun and certainly very steamy and sensual! I was a bit surprised to find it continues in further books, though look forward to reading more from the three main characters. Its labelled skeleton Key part 1 but there's also a series called Skeleton Key, where different authors have written stories that are unconnected except for the title, so I mistakenly thought it was part of that, and not part 1 of a series by this author. My bad...but just in case you have that thought too ;-)
I liked - and disliked in the case of Tristan - the characters here. They're all in their 20's and studying at school/uni?
As a UK reader sometimes the terminology can be confusing, and I found a few words here that even kindle look up couldn't help, but context gives me a rough idea. One big issue for me was this Tap thing, its a big part of the story, involving people being selected for secret(ish) groups, and TBH I hadn't a clue exactly what it was at first, but it became clear as the story went on.
American colleges/schools/universities seem to have a great emphasis on these lifelong clubs, which are often difficult to join. We don't really do that so much in UK. Same with frat/sorority houses etc.
Anyway, Mia gets caught out, and caught up in some hot and sexy times with Tristan and Julian. The background connecting the trio, the story and the sex scenes is the clubs, and what happens and who can join.
There's day to day stuff that makes the story feel real, and gives a sense of grounding to the characters, its not just a sex fest but a sexy story and I was disappointed when I came to the end and found...it wasn't the end ;-0. I'd been watching the % bar waiting for some crisis as usually happens at about 70-80% and thinking "what's going on?” and then realised around that, yep, there's more to come.
I'm kind of sad as I want to know now whats going to come next, and pleased because it means the story gets longer to evolve, and that way we can really get to know the characters well.
Already I can see that Tristan is so much more than the jerk I first thought, but don't yet know why he acts that way. I like Julian, he's very self assured and composed, and Mia is learning a lot about herself. I think this has got the potential to develop into quite a complex series ( I hope), something that's not often found in erotica, a genre that's dominated IMO by the short'n'hot reads, where the story come last in priority. Its fun to get an erotic series with a solid and interesting, something I've not found very often so far, and something I'm looking forward to continuing. M.Q. Barber's Neighbourly Affection series is one I really enjoy, though thats very BDSM orientated in comparison to this. Who knows how this one will develop though ;-) .
I did feel the story was a little overtaken by the sex, and that's why its a four for me not a five, but as always sex is what many readers want, and they're happy for story to come second. Its a very personal thing.
Stars: four, a good intro to a sensual and steamy series.
Erotica at its finest, there are elements of romance and deeper comments about society, and the characters are surprisingly developed. The sex scenes were some of the most erotic I have ever read, their detail astonishing but never tipping into feeling overwritten. I felt like I really got into the nitty gritty, the little details and thoughts truly making them realistic and relatable. This is the highlight of Blackmail, and I am very interested in following Watson's writing.
I also appreciated the originality of a plot and romance trope that is often overused: the menage theme, including mild 'forbidden love' and 'enemies to lovers' currents, in a college setting. And yet, somehow, the plot itself was novel, intrigue hinted at throughout and only truly coming to a head at the ending.
It wasn't perfect, however. I found the opening felt somewhat forced (although it was a bit of a pleasant surprise to be suddenly thrust right into the action), this aspect never quite believable to me. Watson's writing is also in places a little inefficient and clunky, and could do with a few more contractions and a few fewer unnecessary "that"s as conjunctions.
Overall, a strong debut for a promising writer, and one I'm excited to see more of. For those unsure, don't let the opening put you off, as this really is a work to cherish.
In a nutshell
What I liked
-The sex scenes
What I didn't like
-The clunkiness of the writing
Would I read the next one?
Hell to the yeah.
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