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The Deep End: The Honey Series Paperback – March 7, 2017
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"Passionate, wildly sensual, and boundary pushing, but oh-so addictive!" - Aestas Book Blog (5 Stars) on The Deep End
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About the Author
Kristen Ashley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Mystery Man, The Gamble, and Own the Wind. She grew up in Indiana, but has lived in Colorado and the West Country of England.
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Here's some of the bigger issues I had...First, the beginning style of writing (which eventually smoothed out) was very hard to follow and understand. I had to force myself to keep reading and not give up. I felt it was too wordy and also too complex. I had to reread many things because it just didn't make sense to me. This obviously took me out of the flow. It seemed like it was trying to be more "high brow" and intellectual and I guess it was too much for my simple brain. It just didn't seem like KA's style of writing. And that was a big disappointment for me. I was willing to read out of my comfort zone because I LOVE her style of writing. I am not a fan of paranormal stories but because of her writing she made me love her vampire/werewolf series and her fantasyland series. So that's what I was expecting with this. But unfortunately it didn't sound like her.
Ok, second issue (beware slight spoilers ahead) was in the first time the H/h come together to "play" she knows his computer profile says he's up for anything and no limits. But when they talk face to face her tells her he's not into a couple things. So what does she do? Forces him to do those couple things he just said he wasn't really comfortable with! I know NOTHING about the whole D/s thing besides what I've read in romance books but that being said I think a good Dom would take things slow and eventually push their sub out of his comfort zone done the road once more trust has been established. Not force it on him right off the bat. I get that she was looking for someone she could "break" without actually breaking, and that it was what he needed/wanted - to be forced out of his box. But I think that was a too big of a risk way to soon. But again I don't know that world so maybe that's normal, but it was still a con in my book.
Third- the whole basis of this book was about him being an alpha-sub. I'm not sure this was the case. If it's a choice between A (alpha) or B (beta) in the true definitions of each word - then yes I guess he's an alpha. But I guess because you didn't get much other storyline outside the sex scenes I wasn't able to see him as a true KA alpha that she is known for. There was one or two times that he stepped up as alpha-male but he then eventually backed down and submitted to her. Just telling me he was an alpha over and over (and the character himself saying it) didn't make me believe it. Show me!! Develop the characters more, show me more of him outside the playrooms so I can get a better idea of who he really is.
Which brings me to my final point, lack of a deep storyline and development. I was told about how both characters were starting to feel towards each other but the relationship was only developed through their sex scenes. And then a month later in the epilogue they are living together. What gets me through reading about this kind of stuff is still seeing outside the bedroom a love grow and develop. Didn't get that here. Why did I and so many other women around the world love the 50 shades books even though it was labeled porn? It was, for me anyway, the amazing love story and changes you saw in the characters as the story progressed. I saw what the playroom brought to the relationship but I also had the out of it times to pull me in. With the Deep End I didn't get the feelings and emotions. And maybe that's just me wanting more romance in the story rather than just a bunch of titillating scenes.
So I'm really undecided if I will read more in this series. I know I pointed a few problems I had but I didn't hate the book. Maybe with this being her first one in this genre she has to work out some bugs? The blurb for the next in the series does already seem to have a different feel and voice, so who knows.
Understanding that the club is important, what Olly is battling inside of himself and his submissive kink, though his natural inclination is to be an alpha, nothing is really developed. There has to be a reason why he's the way he is, why she's the way she is.. other than a blip of "he found a box with toys" and her "I knew i was this way as a teen". Those explanations are weak to me, and i feel that it could have been delved into deeper.
I'm not even going to talk about the horse business, that just wasn't for me at-all, but kinks are something I can look past when reading BDSM because everybody has different desires. I do think, however, that there was too much happening.. like it was reaching for too much, pick something, not everything to deal with.