I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Deep End by Kristen Ashley
Series: Honey #1
Narrator: Lizbeth Gwynn
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 7th 2017
Genres: D/s, Erotic Romance
Length: 15 hours and 31 minutes
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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one's darkest desires will become a sensual reality.
Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.
When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.
I’ve been on a D/s reading kick lately so The Deep End worked into my reading schedule at a perfect time. This is the 2nd title I’ve read where the heroine is the Domme and the hero is the submissive and I find it funny that the first title I read was Natural Law by Joey W. Hill was referenced in this novel. It’s the book Amèlie’s book club of Doms is reading.
I’ve seen where Ashley fans aren’t jumping for joy that she wrote in this genre but I have to say she wrote it well and I welcome more of it on my TBR! Granted D/s, Erotica or whatever you want to label it is not for everyone but fans of D/s romances will want to give The Deep End a go. I highly enjoyed the plot, characters, and romance from beginning to end. I can’t wait for the second book, The Farthest Edge and if it’s available on audio with the same narrator I’ll be listening to it.
Another first for me is listening to Lizbeth Gwynn. I looked her up to see what other titles she’s narrated but do could not find any. I have a hard time believing that The Deep End is the first title she voiced. She sounded like a narrator pro so there may be a chance she works under another name. It took me an about an hour to get into Gwynn’s performance and once she clicked with me I was an instant fan. She really brought Amèlie and Ollie to life. She is one of those female narrators who has a deep voice that lends to great male voices as well as female. Gwynn’s delivered a sexy performance for a sexy romance. I bounced between the print ARC I received and the audio format. After Gwynn grew on me I made the switch to all audio and will keep my eye out for more titles she voices.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).
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