Review: Rich Tapestry (A Richness of Swallows #1) by Ashe Barker

September 8, 2014 Review 0

Review: Rich Tapestry (A Richness of Swallows #1) by Ashe Barker

No act of kindness goes unpunished.

Summer Jones likes things to be tidy. Predictable, well-ordered, meticulous, she likes to be in control. So when she finds herself waiting for a friend in a BDSM club, she is horrified as an attractive Dom offers to show her around. She agrees, but there’s a catch. Her sassy mouth has earned her a punishment at his hands. She has to accept his terms, or spend the evening alone. Despite her apprehension, Summer can’t deny her curiosity about this lifestyle, the pleasures it seems to offer.

But will one night with accomplished Dom Daniel Riche fulfil her dreams, or will it just prove to her what she always suspected, that anything so intense is best avoided?

Scared, confused and utterly horrified at her response to Daniel’s touch and his dark brand of pleasure, Summer still finds herself yearning for more. Why, despite her pleas and his obvious appreciation of her body, is he peculiarly reluctant to deliver all that she demands from him?

Hurt and confused Summer is desperate to escape. But can she leave her memories of Daniel behind? Does she really want to?

Reader Advisory: This book contains references to remembered scenes of dubious consent. 

Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a serial.

Title: Rich Tapestry
Author: Ashe Barker
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Darkening, Darkening, Darker, Darkest
Series: A Richness of Swallows #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Rich Pickings, Rich Promise
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: September 5th 2014
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 176
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Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-flames

I’ve just finished reading Rich Tapestry and I’m trying to put my finger on what is different about it from the previous book #1s in the Black Combe set. Different isn’t bad so don’t take it as a slam. I think it’s because I knew all the characters coming in that I wasn’t initially surprised. Ms. Barker has done a great job blending the same scenes from several different POVs from each book. It most certainly filled me with many ‘AHA!’ and “Oh so THAT’S what happened’ moments. On to the characters.

Summer – she has interesting connections to some of the other characters. Her I alternated between wanting to shake and wanting to protect. Either way she definitely has some serious issues to work on and Dan’s the man to help her out with it. Hello Dan! *Purrs* Sexy Dom, veterinarian and he’s whose brother?! How did I miss that from before?! The connection between them is more than mouthwatering yummy. Summer just needs to work out her sub side with her OCD. Something tells me the further we get into the series the more intense her issues will get. Can’t wait! As for Rich Tapestry, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just can’t decide if it’s Summer and Dan’s story or the interaction from all the previous characters together that I got a kick out of more.

I know I have mentioned this before but the covers that Ms. Barker uses on all her books play a key role in clues to the story. Usually they make more sense AFTER I finish each book. Peeking at the cover to the next book in the series…I just KNOW things are gonna get real interesting.

Okay folks, if you haven’t started reading any of the series in Ms. Barker’s Black Combe set (The Dark Side, Sure Mastery, The Hardest Word) now is the time. There’s a lot of crossover here and it’s a pleasant surprise to see how all four series mesh together. You might be able to pull the pieces of the majority of secondary characters together, but without having read any of the previous series, you won’t have a complete understanding. Once you get all those books under your belt, have a go at Rich Tapestry. You won’t be disappointed.


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