First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!
It’s day fourteen of this great event. This blog will have reviews and tour stops on February 4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 27, and 28.
Today I’m featuring fellow author:
We’re talking about the book Y is for Yes. First up, my review:
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I enjoyed Y is For Yes by J.R. Vincente. It was reminiscent of another book I read by this author, Runaway. This is an erotica book. The heat starts almost immediately. A mystery does come in to play halfway through the book, but otherwise, there are hot and heavy scenes woven throughout. No droughts on these pages! Yvonne starts out inexperienced, but the book hits on a very long list of kinks by the ending. I would recommend it to people who want to learn more about the BDSM lifestyle, as well as to those with experience.
There is, overall, a happily-ever-after. The mystery portion of the book includes a high-action scene. It is fast-paced and has a good amount of twists. It was a fun read. The author has a very distinct voice.
The book, as everything in the BDSM and poly world, may be considered controversial. The author does come off as an authority on the subject. Everything in the book is consensual (in fact, that point is stressed), and condoms are used by the men. Here are some lines that give a good idea of what to expect:
“And I knew that all that right there was why someone would submit to another. I wanted to submit to him, hell, I had submitted to him. And I had enjoyed it.”
I wanted to be his everything. That’s what I was supposed to want, isn’t it?
I just let a man I had never met before lick my p####. What was I doing? Who was I? I was in shock.
“Look at that, Derek, she’s such a s### she can’t even stop s###ing c### to respond to her Master.”
I really didn’t think I was ready to get involved with a stranger who would be dominant toward me.
I could use my yellow or red safe word at any time, but I wouldn’t. I didn’t want to. I wanted to please
I do like the cover, the one with the handcuffs hanging from the words. And the title does make sense. I believe the theme is to go with the flow because you never know where life will take you. The plot is very fast paced, even the character remarks that she can hardly believe how fast things happen, yet it all works. I think Leena is the author’s favorite character (I haven’t asked, that’s just a guess).
(*minor spoiler) I didn’t find it to be a tear-jerker, but my spouse read it with me and cried over the loneliness and isolation the character felt upon leaving her job. “I had invested five years in this office, and no one was even there to say good-bye.” I like that the author shows Yvonne’s loneliness (no co-workers miss her when she leaves, she doesn’t go out with friends, no family members congratulate her on her new job, her ex said he loved her but she never felt loved, etc) rather than ever telling that the character was lonely. (*end spoiler)
The book was a page-turner, except when my spouse decided to read along, and then the book kept getting put down because, well… did I mention this book is erotica? We read it during our Valentine’s weekend. My spouse was able to relate to the main character better than I was. Neil was my favorite. Leena reminded us both of a Kardashian. The book mirrors society in that the characters worry they’ll be frowned upon, or worse, if the public realizes what they do.
My favorite lines include:
“Hello, Yvonne.” His voice caressed my name like a sweet piece of candy.
But then I smelled bacon, and I knew that something wasn’t a dream. Bacon!
“Well, yes, I do, but more importantly, I help people find the happiness I have found with you guys.”
I had never heard that polyamory means many loves, so that’s something the book taught me.
The author and I have never met, but we have a mutual friend and belong to some of the same organizations. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I only read romance and/or erotica from time to time. Derek’s survey doesn’t actually exist (I asked J. R. directly.)
A chance encounter after hours at her new office job ropes Yvonne into a world of BDSM and exploration she never imagined. Join Yvonne on her adventure to ditch the business suits for lingerie in Y is for Yes by J. R. Vincente.
What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?
I like to write reviews, but I always feel like I don’t know what to say. If I had a list of questions to answer, it would be really helpful.
Why did you start blogging?Because of the A to Z Blog Challenge. Someone recommended it to me and I needed a blog to participate!
Do you have any other books coming out soon?Soon! I have written another book stemming from that A to Z Challenge I’m in the process of editing.
Tweetable #WriteTipWrite All The Words. Even if you don’t think they’re good words. Write them anyway and edit later.
Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?I have always had these incomplete swirling in my head and I wanted to give them life, even if I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) dedicate a whole novel to them.
What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?I hope to publish B is for Blackmail and write its sequel.
As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?A catchy title or synopsis.
What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?
Favorite erotic groupings? (male male, male female, female female, something totally different?) Tell me!
(Hey… all of those were in the book…)
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