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- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (November 18, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2014
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- Language: English
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On first glance, you might think that you know these character archetypes: Whores, Dominants, Submissives, Madams… but you would be oh so very wrong. Each character is introduced with small tidbits of information that has you wanting to know more, and they always seem to defy the ‘expected’ for their label.
Each of the first three books focuses the majority of the time on one couple, while the threads from earlier stories are tied off or dropped to be knit in later on: with an ongoing threat that moves from slightly disturbing to violent to potentially disastrous for all involved, each installment brings more development, interaction and understanding for the reader.
Sugar and Salt: The Sugar House # 1
What I did not expect was to be blown away by the characters, to find a sense of nobility and purpose in their decisions or to find the erotic components to be squirm in your seat hot. How can you not love a story when you read “her restraint pulls taut and breaks – the rope of her submission weak against the strength of her desire.”
More secondary characters fill out this slice of life story, bringing with them their own histories, scars and depth of loyalty to Janice and her business. Conversations are as if overheard, loyalties and attachments are clearly displayed, and the characters are all people that you want to know more about, and hope for their safety, and cheer on their decisions when they eliminate a particularly nasty client. The mix is gorgeous and unique, with a perspective enhanced by truly evocative writing that makes this a must read for fans of erotica that want something more.
Protecting Portia: The Sugar House # 2
Writing is clean and polished, evocative and thought-provoking, her characters will engage you and have you wanting to know them, and even when you don’t like them, you need to know what makes them tick. Tyler engages her readers, not by pandering to their preconceived notions, but by fueling imagination and leaving you with stories that keep you thinking and wondering, and perhaps in a small way, change your approach to something you thought you knew.
The story of Jackson and Portia is overlaid with guilt, regret, fear and the palpable sexual tension between them. Portia sees the man beneath the tough guy façade, and she loves him WITH his issues and worries and concerns. While she steps into the abyss one night and tries to push their relationship further, their story reaches a climax that is both emotionally raw and incredibly erotic.
Dual Domination: The Sugar House # 3
The third installment that, among other storylines, focuses on Catrin and Donovan, giving us insight into these two very complex yet compelling characters. Part of the intrigue in this series comes specifically from the characters: the slow unravelling of their stories and their introduction to this world, and the growth of them as people that intrigue, delight, frustrate and reveal themselves in quite surprising ways.
Don knows one thing: he is hopelessly in love with Cait, and he isn’t willing to allow her to keep the ‘friends only’ label on their relationship without a fight. He will push, prod, poke and finally ‘proclaim’ that they are dating, to Cait’s great fear and confusion. Interaction between these two is fiery: loaded with sexual tension, their history and shared humor, secrets and even outlook on the world all builds to make an entertaining and brutally honest display of a relationship working out the ‘kinks’.
Bonus Content: Raef’s Revelation.
You can’t really just deal with Donovan and Caitrin without learning (and wanting to know more) about Raef. The three have been best friends since childhood, and theatre geeks in every performance at their high school. It was these three against the world, and there is a wonderful relationship dynamic at work here.
Raef is constantly working to be unfailingly positive: he rarely lets anything set him back, at least nothing from the outside world. But, his addiction to his early morning yoga class interrupts his day with a chatty instructor that blocked his serenity Frustrated and foiled, he is off on a tear: but holding a grudge while being best-friend / therapist to Cait and Don, and the ‘go to’ person for whatever is needed by the staff at his BDSM / Burlesque club the Gilded Lily doesn’t figure into his life.
In fact, Raef sums up his attitude “For him it’s easy: do what you want, which means a little of everything. Raef found years ago that his tastes varied – he like men, women, anonymous, a little bit dirty, hard or soft and light, dependent on the night and the right person. “ That also extends to his acceptance of differences in people and their own tastes, as long as they are honest and open about who they are.
That doesn’t, however, mean that Raef isn’t looking for ‘more’ or is above manipulating situations to bring about changes for those he loves most. And he does both alternating hysterical reactions and blush-inducing heat that reinforces the strength of his own convictions and the size of his heart. As a short story bonus to this collection, Raef is the perfect dessert edition, a bite that is light at first glance, but leaves you full and satiated.
These are books that are meant to be savored and enjoyed, each story builds on the one before it, the characters grow and develop, and are never just ‘left’ without more notice, their lives are intertwined, and we get to vicariously enjoy those connections: rooting for the happy, crying with the sad, and jeering the boors.
I purchased a copy of this title for my own library. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Book 1: Sugar and Salt
Really enjoyed this, but then I love Pavarti Tyler's writing. Loved both of the lead characters, and the intro to their world...it was a nice twist to make it about the madam rather than one of the sex workers, and her quirk with the speed dating ritual was kind of charming/funny (and a good way for the characters to meet, especially with his bizarre opening line). I can tell already from the glimpses of the other characters that there are other stories, so it was nice to get a peek at those, too. Salt was a sexy hero, which doesn't hurt!
Book 2: Protecting Portia
A fantastic second book in the series...I loved these two characters, they're both super sweet, which is almost funny given their back stories. Both are hardened and damaged in their own ways, probably more than anyone around them seems to know...but almost childlike in their innocence, too. A very touching story, it was impossible not to root for these two to work out their issues. I loved the scene with Fyre, too, and it made total sense in terms of an "ice-breaker" between Portia and Jackson. Looking forward to book 3!
Book 3: Dual Domination
I think this really is my favorite in the series - partly because the two characters were more damaged and more sympathetic in a weird way, just in terms of their weird hang-ups and fears. Although I did want to shake Caitlyn a few times for being such a big chicken...Donovan is awesome, and I loved Raef's role in this too, and just their whole dynamic as friends and how well they understand one another and accept one another despite everything they know and understand. Also, I was hoping these two would get together after the end of the last book, so I was thrilled book 3 ended up being about them. Weirdly, apart from Portia and Jackson maybe, they're the couple I worry about the least. Just because they know one another so well maybe, they'd either have to make it work or end up killing each other (ha).