- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (September 13, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626398216
- ISBN-13: 978-1626398214
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,739,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lysistrata Cove Paperback – September 13, 2016
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A very well-written book with excellent, hot scenes...unapologetically queer and kinky. ~ Patrick Califia
Honestly, this is one of the most remarkable erotic romances I have hadthe luxury to enjoy in quite some time. There is a lot going on, both on an emotional and an intellectual level, but it all meshes together in a queer, kinky, seamless fashion. ~ Bending the Bookshelf
About the Author
Her first three publications are erotic short stories with far-flung settingIndia, North Carolina, and deep space. Whether traveling in the physical world or ranging far in her imagination, she is happiest accompanied by her partner of seventeen years.
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Top Customer Reviews
Speaking of treasure, there are no pirates in this story, but a huge amount of page time is dedicated to the daily maintenance of sailboats. Something I didn’t expect but in hindsight the first line of the blurb should have clued me into. I’m not saying that’s either good or bad, just that I got an education in regards to captaining a ship, how to cleat a line, yawl boats, and even what type of wood they are made of.
I totally fell in love with Jack. Days after finishing this book, I’m still drawn to his character, and how he chose to transition at his own rate. I really liked the limits he set as a submissive.
The BDSM in this story was delicious. The terminology not so much. In erotica, sometimes the C word works well (for me) other times it just comes across as crass and can turn a sexy scene into something straight out of R18 Magazine.
Despite the story being told from both main characters POV, it took me a while to warm to Eve. With that said I loved her dominance, she had a sadistic streak but was far from cruel, never abusing the power afforded to her. The story also did a great job of portraying, dominant woman or not, she had insecurities and a need to be accepted just like the next person.
A favorite paragraph – “Antagonism follows sexual attraction for any combination of genders, especially when the yen is one-sided. It’s embedded in the process of deciding whether or not to f%*k.”
Ships and sex aside, the entire story of how Jack comes to be at Lysistrata cove, why he chose to keep returning and more importantly, why Superstar Eve was hiding out, is very well done. The last twenty percent of this story took me completely by surprise. It left me smiling and gave me plenty to think about.
In summary, this story kept me turning the pages and have I no problem recommending it to all and sundry.
In Lysistrata Cove the intricate plot and engrossing characters sweep you along so compellingly that you may not even notice how much you’re learning about everything from seamanship to music production technology (and music piracy and politics) to non-binary gender presentation to the world of BDSM. You will, however, definitely notice the extreme heat provided by the dominance/submission and threesome scenes. Explicit and intense don’t even begin to describe them. All of this and more make for a book well worth reading. Good writing pushes my buttons almost as hard as good sex scenes, so I especially enjoyed the author’s descriptions and imagery, and knew I was in good hands when I came to passages like: “The pumping energy exchange between a performer and a live audience mirrored the Escher-like waterfall of energy between [Eve] and a bottom in a scene.”
Jack is a transmasculine man that enjoys being a BDSM bottom. He is taking his time working his way through his transition, is supported well in the Trans/BDSM community and loves his life on his junk rig sailboat in the Caribbean. On one such voyage he finds a mysterious island and discovers an even more mysterious inhabitant.
Eve wants to change the world. Her music career has funded her lavish lifestyle and she now wants to make a difference in the music industry and she is not one to apologize for her crimes en route to success…
Jack and Eve are attracted to one another for the moment their eyes meet. Could this attraction could ruin everything they have both worked for?
My head is still spinning from this novel. I needed a few days to come down from my Hankins high before starting anything else. I learned so much from this book and I was forced to put the book down a few times to use Google to make sure I was understanding Jacks transition but also to correctly interpret some of the BDSM lingo.
Firstly I want to hang out with the main protagonist Jack and get to know his story from the beginning. Jack’s transition from female to male was one I hadn’t come across before. It was refreshing and I really enjoyed every moment that concentrated on him.
Eve and Harmony’s relationship confused me in the beginning but by the end I understood the dynamic a little better. Harmony really was something special though and I’d like to see a novel focused solely on her. Also her sex scenes were extremely hot and I was left wanting more…
Talking of sex scenes. Wow! Just a few words to describe them…
HOT! EXPLOSIVE! SENSUOUS! DARING! Did I say WOW??? I couldn’t sleep after reading the sex scenes and at one point had to put the book down because I was in public… Yes I was blushing which is shocking because nothing fazes me and I definitely don’t blush!
All I’ll say is the description of Eve dressed Aphrodite has had my mind running since that chapter ended…
I think a sequel to Lysistrata Cove is a must. I want to go along for Eve and Jacks next adventure...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written, which I appreciate because the characters in the story was realistic and thier situations also seemed true to life.Read more
I adore Dena Hankins' romances; it's hard to find books in the genre that resonate for me as a...Read more