When Beth Bradshaw - the manager of a fashionable bar in the seaside town of Brighton - starts flirting with the handsome Ilya, she becomes a player in a game based purely on sexual brinkmanship. The boundaries between fantasy and reality start to blur as their relationship takes on an increasingly reckless element.
When Ilya's murky past catches up with him, he's determined to involve Beth. Unwilling to extricate herself from their addictive games, she finds herself being drawn deeper into the seedy underbelly of Brighton, where things, including Ilya, are far more dangerous than she bargained for.
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"One day all erotica will be written like this." (Skin Two)
If you enjoy strong erotic fiction then you will enjoy this. For once the storyline is reasonable, could almost be classed a thriller; but be aware it is a graphic story that covers most aspects of sex. Very well read with good characterisations & good descriptive passages throughout, and I don't just mean the erotic content, that creates strong images of the environment in your mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this yarn, even if the "heroine's" attitude to how she is treated by the mystery man Illya is a little implausible at times.
If I could have given this zero stars I would. I picked it under romance but this is clearly not my kind of romance. If you dream of being treated like a hooker (and that is using a nice word), having your boyfriend urinate in your mouth, beat you, force you to have sex with all his friends and enemies then you will love this book. I’m just not into this kind of thing so I hated it. I actually can’t believe I even finished listening to it. I think I kept hoping it would get better but it didn’t.
"Extremely erotic, but scary and disturbing."
From the initial phone call in chapter one, this book is very arousing. It builds rapidly into an explosive mix of hard erotic sex, insurmountable lust, and twisted desire. It gets better and better as it goes on, until a point is reached in the antique shop office where my lust begins to turn into slight worry and anxiety. I begin to start shouting at Beth, the main character, to stop being so stupid and to get out, and it raises a deeply uneasy feeling in me about whether this really is a game, or if she has got tangled up with a very nasty character in Ilya.
However, despite the uneasy eroticism, I was compelled to continue listening to the story, and found, particularly towards the end, that my lust had turned into a morbid fascination for all the characters. I found myself wondering if Ilya really was a willing participant in the orgy scene at the end, or if he had been forced there by the evil Tony. Hard to work out what is going on.
I eventually finished the book, but my initial hot desire from it left me with a deeply uneasy feeling about the whole issue of how women can be treated. To me, although the sex is pretty dirty, and I'm a very broad minded guy, I found the way in which Beth is totally used, right up to final page and the "Cuttlefish" ending, disturbing. Ilya has complete control over her at every single stage of the book. To me, that spoilt it a little, as I would have liked Beth to have had some control, particularly towards the end.
Hard to believe, but I've listened to it several times since, in a kind of morbid fascination. It always makes me think, and although deeply erotic, leaves me with an uneasy feeling.
Worth every penny
"FILTHY.......but in a good way"
okay it is definitely not for everyone ,but come on its fantasy .for smut its well written and the narrator could make the phone book sexy.it goes over the edge.way over .
thank you ,thank you, thank you!!!
by the way I'm a woman and i wasn't offended. warning it is DIRTY.
I liked this book. Domination to the extreme. The book left me wanting more. This book is definetly for people that like kinky male dominating sex.
The sex was great! The story line was disgusting. I suppose that there really are women who crave being treated like rotten meat and men that get off in doing so. I wondered several times whether to give it up or keep listening. I kept listening to see if there was redemption at the end. There wasn't. I love good sex, but I pity people who have to go to this level to find it.
"Very dark but very Good!!!"
It ranks at the top.
I liked how the main character had deep desires and went after them (despite not being accepted by mainstream). All people (race, age, income, etc.) have sexual desires and a lot of people are afraid to act on them or pretend that they don't act on them. If she is able to look at herself in the mirror the next day with self respect, that's all that matters. It would never be me though....
The letter at the end. Dare I say it was "touching"?? There were a lot of good scenes (i.e. the warehouse, the video, and the stage show).
This book was well written. Though I would not do a lot of the things she did in this book, she is much braver than me for going after what she likes.
"Great dark fantasy"
I give this book a four star because the content was good, the author pushed the envelope with this one by including dark sexy content that not everyone can handle. Objectively speaking, it is a book for those who understand the difference between fantasy and reality and appreciate the dark side to lust, obsession, and possession.
My favorite character was Ilya, he was always one step ahead of Beth and he was perfectly described as both the bad, sexy, and ruthless yet with a bit of compassion for Beth.
The narrator seemed a bit too proper for this dirty story lol, it was kind of funny to listen to her describe sex scenes...but she was good and later I just focused on the story,which I found very intriguing.
At the end of the story I wondered if Ilya cared at all for Beth or was he just using her the entire time. I'm glad that at end, the reader finds out that Ilya cared enough to make sure not to involve Beth further.
I recommend this book to those who appreciate the dark part of sex fantasy novel because this is a book that is explicit and often time not a good way lol. Nonetheless, a good story.
i love a kinky story but this is just written so poorly any excitement you get from the situations is ruined by the continuous mentions of prophylactics (dont get me wrong i believe books of this kind do need a mention of them somewhere a disclaimer at the beginning or in one scene, but here its very repetitive and distracting) and other superfluous nonsense that the author just has to mention right then also the character come off as crude and stupid a lot of the time its a train wreck of what could of been an alright idea
one of the few books off here that i couldn't even finish
on top of that the narrator has an irritating accent that is rather grating when you are supposed to be reading a sexy novel
"Not worth a credit"
If you liked the preview get ready for 8 more hours. I found it a little boring. Storyline and character development is week and unlike Beth there is no climax at the ending.
"HOT!!!! Intense erotic novel"
I loved it until the end...I really wanted them to actually fall in love and cut the strangers out of their kink and continue their exploration in what they desire.
Beth gets involved with her new neighbor, Ilya, only to get entangled in an intense and dirty game of sexual one-upsmanship that sucks her farther and farther into a dark place she's not sure she wants to go. But soon she finds that she can't extract herself from it and she can't say no to Ilya, no matter what he asks of her. If you're turned on by power and humiliation, you can't go wrong with this book. One of Beth's biggest turn-ons is being cheapened and degraded, and Ilya does that to her again and again, making her feel incredibly dirty and cheap, and loving every minute of it. If you are turned on by humilation and degradation and the kind of relationship wherein the woman feels so compelled by the man that she'll do anything she's told, you'll LOVE this book.
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