Format: ARC

The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

Posted March 31, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 3 Comments

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 AshleyThe 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
Format: ARC
Length: 15 hours and 31 minutes
Source: Publisher
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four-stars
five-flames

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.

     
After so many others recommending her to me I finally pop my Kristen Ashley cherry with The Deep End.

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.

 

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Dialogue
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Narration (Audio)
three-half-stars
Overall: four-stars

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