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The Awakening: Book One of the Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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I felt like a voyeur standing back in the corner watching the goings on in this story. I love the way the author took the time to explain things about the fetish community, so that us novice wouldn't need Google to get an understanding of what was going on. The story was hot and sexy, the story development was on point and this was an all around good read. I've started the second installment and can't wait to see the twists and turns the storyline is going to take!!!! I'd tell anyone to give this a read and fast.
This novel was like none I'd ever read, smoking hot! On the one hand, Ramesses and Neferterri were no different from any other hard working, successful couple with a family. However, there was a secret side of them where they lived a sexy lifestyle full of fetishes and BDSM in which the author brings to us in high definition. The scenes are very vivid and are told in a way that explains the BDSM lifestyle to those who might not be familiar with those types of scenarios and terminology.
This book is more than sex and erotica and that's what makes a great novel. Ramesses has to fall back on the skills his father, a former policeman, taught him to get get to the bottom of situations that could've easily threatened the secret society that he is a part of; he also has to use those same skills to save his own life. This is the first book I've read of Shakir Rashaan's but it definitey won't be the last. So glad this is a series because the fun is just beginning. Kudos, Mr Rashaan! Enjoyed it!
This was my first read for this author. Reading erotica and some books relative to D&S, I was totally not prepared for what really happens. Yeah I am well knowledgeable with the spanking and bonding, but The Awakening goes beyond that and explains the mindset and doesn't sugar coat. Setting the scenery of the sexual activity especially the collar procedure, the author produces such a realistic setting it was though the reader was there. This was a great buy on iPhone Kindle. With no noticeable editing errors, this author delivered just what his book title states - An Awakening. An Awakening as to what really goes down when it comes to this community. Taking the reader into Ramesses' world produces a storyline that is a definite page turner. Pact with twists and turns, Shakir educates the reader, that to maintain such a lifestyle, that one has to be totally committed and there are rules that must be followed and key players that must be utilized. It is not all about sex and getting yours, there is reason . Stepping outside those rules delivers unwanted but realistic results.
There were times early on in The Awakening when I felt like I was watching a new couples reality TV show: KINKY Chocolate: Atlanta or I was in a master class of BDSM, African American Style. Sometimes I just wanted to raise my hand and ask annoying questions like: "Master? Who is this Saint Andrew anyway and did HE even want to be on his cross?"
That kind of question would have probably gotten me flogged and that is why this kind of story is only marginally sexy for me. I have a big mouth and getting punished for it would be a full time experience if I was into this lifestyle. So thank goodness and Mr. Rashaan who has given me the opportunity to enjoy it the only way I possibly could -- vicariously.
And while it's clear that the author takes his WIITWD seriously it's also clear that his tongue is firmly planted in his cheek throughout the book and I appreciated that. It's alright to take yourself seriously and expect other people to but it's also okay to laugh at yourself occasionally especially if you're potentially shocking the heck out of people.
I got progressively more into the characters in this book and the writing style as the story evolved. It was hard at first I think cause my brain was working overtime to understand the nuances of everything I was reading about that was new to me. By the end of the book though I was a thorough covert. I wanted to read more about Jay and Candy or see how Rameses and Neferterri create a mega-dynasty while keeping their lifestyle and their "vanilla" life separate and find out who else was gonna jump out of the woodwork and be crazy enough to mess with any of them.
The Awakening is a fascinating ride and if you are on the fence like I was -- just jump in. The water is fine.
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It did offer some insight to the POC BDSM scene. Maybe there'll e depth in the second book.