Review: Tasting Pleasure (Pleasure #1) by Anarie Brady

March 15, 2016 Review 0

Review: Tasting Pleasure  (Pleasure #1) by Anarie Brady

There’s more than one kind of pleasure, and Alicia is eager to learn them all.

Finding herself divorced, without a job and in a foreign country, Alicia decides to open her own business as a personal chef specializing in American-style food. Little does she know that her first important client, famed photographer Maverick Devonshire, will become far more than just her employer.

Unable to resist his commanding manner, she follows him into his playroom. Once there, she discovers true empowerment and gains the confidence to become not only a successful businesswoman but also a true submissive. Learning quickly from the consequences administered by Mr. Devonshire and his associates, Alicia finds out that her clients are not the only ones who are Tasting Pleasure.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of F/F intimacy, and menage or more sex. It has been expanded, re-edited and was previously published at Totally Bound Publishing by the author under a different pen-name.

Title: Tasting Pleasure
Author: Anarie Brady
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: What's Your Pleasure, Discovering Pleasure
Series: Pleasure #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: What's Your Pleasure, Discovering Pleasure
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: February 2nd 2016
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, M/M Erotica
Pages: 185 pages
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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After a failed marriage leaves Alicia in a foreign country without a job, she decides that since cooking has always been her love, she could be a personal chef. She opens her own business featuring American-style comfort foods. Her first client is photographer Maverick Devonshire. After a few weeks enjoying Alicia’s cooking, he decides to make her another offer. He intends to find out if this little cook is truly a submissive, that he believes she is, by training her to be his companion. Alicia accepts his offer. Let the training begin!

Tasting Pleasure is an interesting view of a D/s situation. It is well written, but I had some items that niggled at me or just plain made me uncomfortable. There was no talk about testing. Knowing that Maverick had other companions, I believe it should have been addressed. There was no use of condoms by anyone throughout the entire book with the exception of one anal scene.

Even though Mr. Devonshire speaks about a safeword and that Alicia is in training, he expected her to endure situations that a more experienced companion may be able to handle. She found she liked certain situations, but I felt Mr. Devonshire was not a very thorough Master in explaining, to a novice, what would happen in a scene. Some of what she allowed was surprising. I almost felt she was railroaded into things she should have been more cautious about. I get she may have been curious about this type of lifestyle, but we really didn’t get much background about her. We do not know if she truly understood what she was getting herself involved in.

When Mr. Devonshire brings in a second Master, Paul, I thought maybe he would show her a difference in Masters. Paul was just counseled on how he wasn’t as tough on Alicia as he needed to be. Unfortunately, I felt little connection or heat to the scenes in Alicia’s training. I had high hopes for Paul, but felt nothing for Maverick. It may be that because I held no connection, that I didn’t feel she should have endured what was expected of her.

My other issue is with the epilogue. There was absolutely no talk about her second Master, Paul. What is the situation there? Where did he go?

I have to say that I really enjoyed the recipes included in this book! I definitely will make some of them! For that it earned another half star!

Would I recommend the book? Sure. It may be your cup of tea. It just wasn’t mine.


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