Summer Sins by Kathy Kulig
Source: Review by Request
ARC Received from Publisher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Master Adrian Cayne knows how to bring exquisite pain or pleasure to a woman’s body. Before he’ll take on an inexperienced submissive, he expects her to pass a series of seductive tests of increasing intensity to see if she’s receptive to his unique and dark skills. Under his command and relentless determination, she’ll relinquish control to him.
Emma is known to thoroughly research her articles for the tabloid magazine Scandal. Her latest assignment to write about Dark Odyssey, a new BDSM club, is her chance to indulge in her taboo desires for the sex she craves as a submissive. With her job and future career on the line, she has to write a lurid, gossip story. But her heart isn’t in it because she falling for Adrian.
Raw and hot passion draws them past guarded limits, but when secrets are revealed, trust will be the final test for true love.
Inside Scoop: Emma’s journey includes public sex scenes and watching a scene with a sadist and masochist.
Overall, I’m rather disappointed in this book. It moved too fast, was too short, had no character development…
As if she sensed his perusal, she looked his way and made eye contact. Confident, intelligent eyes, but slightly vulnerable. As a sub, she’d be perfect if that was her inclination. He didn’t like subs who had no mind of their own, They were overly dependent, needy. Too bad she had no experience.”
It had a decent premise and I was excited about it. It simply didn’t live up to my expectations.
Here’s the story…
Emma is an eager reporter infiltrates an exclusive sex club in order to write a story which well launch her career (and indulge in some of her darker fantasies) only to be introduced to Adrian, a Dom itching for a new Sub (but he needs someone discreet, and doesn’t want to train an inexperienced submissive)
Here are the not so good things:
- We know the conflict immediately – Adrian needs to protect his reputation & Emma is infiltrating the club to write a story for a gossip magazine. There you go. We can all see where this is going…
- The story moved way too fast. Either we didn’t get to witness the character development, or it simply never happened in the rush to get to the end of the book.
- The trust was too instant. They fell in love too fast. Both of these problems could have been solved with a bit of careful character development. Not only was it not believable, it was absurd.
- We never really learned what happened with Adrian and his ex-submissive Jill… The author hinted at it, and worked up to it, and then *poof* forgotten for the rest of the book.
Here are the good things:
- Sexy times were fairly decent: Exhibitionism, voyeurism, and BDSM at an exclusive sex club… Some interesting moments with an electric toothbrush…
- There was no “Series Teaser Cliffhanger”
- There was no time for uncertainty or angst… But maybe there should have been?
- If this had been written as a full-length novel, it would have probably been so much better. The length of the book eliminated the possibility of the reader getting to know or understand the characters beyond their sexual preferences.
***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***