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The Deep End

Book 1, The Honey Series - The Honey Series

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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 16, 2017 – At excruciating length, Ashley (Ride Steady) immerses readers in the flimsy world of Phoenix's exclusive, no-boundaries Bee's Honey club, where men explore erotic submission. After an extended and boring meet-cute, Am lie, a trained and experienced dominatrix, repeatedly tests alpha-submissive Olivier in the private rooms to see whether their sexual chemistry will persist outside of their relationship in the club. Risibly calling him her "chevalier" and "steed," Am lie wastes no time exploring Olivier inside and out. Scene after scene in the club and at Am lie's ranch might be enjoyable if readers felt invested in the characters, but little is revealed about their history, family, work, or motivations. Am lie has great wealth and hates that her job requires her to travel; beyond that, her actual career is vague. Working-class Olivier hangs out with a group of guys at a lower-end BDSM club; some of his buddies, whose connection is only clarified late in the book, will inevitably star in future installments. Endless scenes of naked bodies interrupted by scant and awkward conversation make for tedious reading and will limit Ashley's ability to build a series whose readers care about the characters.

Customer Reviews

Not bad, but not great.

I am always a fan of Kristen Ashley and like every book of hers, this one is incredibly well written (with one exception, in my opinion. The hero’s speech). Her characters are complex and extremely developed. The world she has created is consistent and decedent. That being said, The Deep End just didn’t do it for me. The story never quite pulled me all the way in and, for me, it was too slow.

The author takes the story in a really interesting direction. Exploring the different styles of Dominatirix/sub relationships, focusing on that of the Domme and Alpha sub (which I hadn’t known about before this). It’s not always about s guy who will fall at your feet and do everything you ask. Amélie is a pretty fascinating character at times. Despite her refined speech and appearance, her dominatrix attitude, she is not an ice queen with her subs. And, she prefers a very different kind of guy.

Olivier is an Alpha sub, if he hadn’t been, I would have lost interest in the story very quickly. In most respects he's super alpha, dominating, self-assured, manly. But at the club he wants to be sub, not a slave (there is a difference). He doesn’t bow down in complete submission at his Domme’s command. Though he does what he’s told, he does it with an air of defiance. He wants to be broken, or at least, he wants her to try and break him. His arrogance and borderline insolence is something Amélie gets off on. I admit, it was this tug of war, the struggle of personalities that kept me reading. It was pretty fascinating to delve into.

I knew going in that this book was pretty hard core BDSM. And, fair warning, that is not a warning to take lightly. Even though its way more BDSM than I like, I can’t dock stars from the book because of my preferences. It’s the author’s creation and if you enjoy the more extreme, then you’ll definitely like this book. As I said before, very well written. And, it was clear she had done her research and truly cam to understand the mentality behind what she was writing. There are a lot of aspects of BDSM that I enjoy reading about, but when you start getting into pony play and such, as well as a lot of anal, it becomes a turn off for me. Again though, this is strictly my preference and has no bearing on the rating.

The one thing that really kept me from getting lost in the story was the hero’s way of speaking. Amélie is very refined. In her vocabulary, her speech pattern, her look. They all scream money, education, and sophistication. Then in walks Olivier. His name is French, he’s wearing an expensive and perfectly tailored suit. He’s sexy as sin. I couldn’t wait to see how a man who is her equal in all those ways would handle his inner sub. Then he opens his mouth and the illusion is shattered. He doesn’t often speak in full sentences, he uses words like “gonna” and loses the G on words ending in “ing.” It’s a very jarring juxtaposition with Amélie and it constantly pulled me out of the story.

Overall, not a bad read, but not something I’ll read again. Depending on your preference as a reader, its very possible others will disagree with me and find this a fascinating and riveting story. But, for me, it was pretty mediocre. And, even though the other characters had me slightly curious about their stories, it’s wasn’t enough for me to continue the series.

The Deep End

Beautifully written. I can't wait for the second book of this series. Good read.

the deep end

Fantastic erotica, love story moving, once again Kristin comes through with a winner!! Once started can't stop till finished! Can't wait till Branches story is released!!! 📚📚📚💕💕💕

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The Deep End
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Erotic Romance
  • Published: Mar 07, 2017
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 340 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, The Honey Series
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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