After Awakening Comes The Longing…
Expanding on the world she created in Catalyst: Stories of Awakening, K.L. Joy brings more sensual delights and forbidden pleasures to light in Desire: Stories of Longing.
Ex-stripper GG, now remade as the confident Domina, Lady Vivianne, has all that she could have wanted: a growing corsetry business, her dear friends Victor and Kate, and now Rhiannon, her faithful submissive. There is such a thing as too much success, though, and the demands of her business quickly outgrow the confines of her home. Fortunately, her mentor Victor steps in with an offer of a physical shop, going so far as to set everything up and assign one of his trusted assistants, Belle, to help with the operations. For Vivianne, it seems too good to be true.
But Belle is a budding submissive in her own right, and the mutual attraction between her and Vivianne does not go unnoticed by the neglected and jealous Rhiannon. All too quickly, Vivianne finds herself again in over her head, torn between lovers and still haunted by a past determined not to let her be. The tighter she grips, the more she loses control, and this time it may be more than even her closest friends and allies can pull her back from.
*My Book Review*
DISCLAIMER: This book/eBook being reviewed was provided free of charge for an honest review.
Okay, so since interviewing author KL Joy about the BDSM scene last year, I have been HANGING for her second book, Desire: Stories of Longing, to come out! Finally it has and I was able to get my hands on a review copy – so what did I think? Was it just as good as the first novel (Catalyst: Stories of Awakening) in the series? Did it push all the right kink buttons?
Hell YEAH it did!
First up though, I would like to say how much I LOVED the cover of this book. It is really refreshing to see an erotica cover that portrays the scene exactly without having to resort to a 50 Shades of Grey handcuffs or tie image. I could just keep looking at this cover all day and am greatly relieved I received this novel in a digital format and not in print, otherwise this review might never have gotten written!
This is the second middle child novel I am reviewing in the last week that has managed to live up to the expectations of the first one in the series. I’m not sure why mainstream authors are getting their second books so wrong when indie authors are apparently getting it, oh, so deliciously right!
We find Desire picking up where it left off in Catalyst, yet this time is is more the singular story of Vivianne rather than a collection of interwoven stories of characters from the same social circle. While I loved the way the first novel did this, I was pleasantly surprised with the way the second book’s story line was developed so differently from the first.
I’m really impressed with the way the author manages to describe her kink with such beauty. When reading erotica, I normally find myself cringing at some of the rudimentary descriptives. This never happens in KL’s works. She is crass and bold and at times embarrassingly honest, yet I am never shying away from her prose. The author certainly knows how to get the reader in the mood!
Sometimes, however, I found the writing between the erotica a little forced and stilted. While the sex scenes were beautiful (and I could tell when one was coming as the author relaxed into it), there were moments when I found the spoken interaction between characters a little stodgy. This tends to occur more so at the start of the book and the characters loosen up quickly, so make sure you stick with this novel as this does ease from the middle through to the end.
At times I found the relationship between Vivianne and Belle just way too complicated, but, conflictingly, also loving the way in which the characters get such a look in this time round. Each person has a back story and some of these are touched on in Desire which enriched this story dramatically.
I really, really can’t wait to read more by this author! Overall, I am giving Desire: Stories of Longing by KL Joy 4 out of 5 stars.
About the Author
In the early ’90’s, she completed a B.A. (Soc. Sci.) majoring in Sociology at La Trobe University.
After gaining her degree, K.L.’s gypsy spirit cried out for freedom and she traveled around the country working as an artist’s model for fetish photographers in Melbourne, and a life model for painters in Queensland, and a nude outdoor model in Darwin, amongst other things. Soon after returning to Melbourne she hooked up with the fetish photographer again, who took her to the top couturier of corsets. In the instant the laces were tightened KL knew she had found her fetish!
Immersing herself in the BDSM subculture, she often remained on the fringe to allow her method of investigation to remain unaffected. Through her interactions, KL found she had a ‘catalyst’ of her own hence the title of her first book. Her desire was freed to explore fully the BDSM sub culture.
The first novel, Catalyst, Stories of Awakening, was print released in May ’09 to a warm reception from the fetish community in Melbourne. K.L. has also traveled to Adelaide where the BDSM community welcomed her with open arms.
She has also published short stories in an adult magazine Paddles, under the name Mz K, and a Community Press Magazine under the name K.L. Joy.
Find KL Joy online:
Facebook: KL Joy (Author Page)
Blog: The Author KL Joy