Saturday, April 5, 2014

Naughty Bits Part 1 - Hill, Joey

 Adult, Erotica, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, BDSM
Kindle, 110 pages
2 out of 5 stars

Madison is a control freak with one wish—to lose control. Her hidden submissive cravings have led to a string of disastrous relationships. So when she inherits her sister’s North Carolina lingerie shop, Naughty Bits, she jumps at the opportunity to dump her boring finance career and bad history and try her luck down South.

But before Madison can settle in, she catches the attention of the owner of the neighboring hardware store. Sexually dominant Logan Scott can see the hunger for command in Madison’s eyes and is anxious to help unleash her submissive desires. He presents her with three very tempting gifts—handcuffs, erotic cards, and an open invitation to join him at a submissive’s training session.

Faced with the realization that she can’t sell fantasies to her lingerie customers without embracing her own, Madison accepts Logan’s offer. Now, she’s about to discover just how far her desire can take her… (Goodreads)

2.5 Stars.

I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

75% of the book is where the story ends. I understand that it's a novella, but the fact that 100% of the book couldn't be dedicated to the actual story is a major let down. While a preview of the next serial is nice, I couldn't care less about previews for some other book.

This started off really promising, and emotional. Madison has recently lost her sister to an unnamed illness. Her sister Alice, has left Madison her lingerie shop Naught Bits. A really fitting name, considering the shop offers everything anyone could ever desire and more.

Madison is very torn up about her sisters death and the author really showed the readers how much it affected the young girl. I really connected with Maidson on an emotional level because of how well the author was able to portray what Madison felt.

The first day in the shop Madison meets Logan, owner of the hardware store next door and bona fied Dominant, who knows more about Madison then should be possible. But because of Alice, he knows all about the fact that Madison's a Submissive, well the fact that she wants to be one but is too afraid due to the fact that she would no longer be in complete control of the situation around her.

Not much seems to happen in the rest of the book. It just goes in a circle of Logan trying to coax Madison into opening up more and going on a journey of becoming a Submissive. We get Madison pulling away from any mention of anything that has to do with the Dom/Sub world. Feeling guilty because she thought such naughty thoughts, then some back-story about how none of her relationships were really satisfying because she was never really open about how she wanted to be a Submissive.

Then it repeats.

Finally at the end of this novella Madison has had an awakening thanks to Logan. She realizes how she can better connect with the customers at the shop so she can actually sell stuff. Something she found herself unable to do because she was acting like such a zombie/robot. I found that she also never really grieved properly for her sister dying. She just dropped everything in Boston, and went to live in her sisters house, and run Alice's shop.

The series has potential, but because it was so short I felt really disconnected from the characters. I was just getting to know them, especially Madison and her feelings of wanting to be a Submissive.

There's so much more that Madison needs to work through, I wonder how long this series will be.

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