Series: Affliction of Falling #1
Author: Kristina Canady
Genre: Romance, BDSM light
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Mindy
See Mindy’s Goodreads Review Here
***This novel is intended for adults(18+) for mature and explicit sexual content. It is a standalone and the series does not have to be read in order.***
Some men just can’t accept that a woman can be perfectly content without them. I mean, come on—a girl can get laid whenever she wants. It’s not like it’s hard. And Lord knows, I have no interest in a relationship. There is no room for that drama-filled nonsense in my life. Pursuing my passion is all I have time for. Selfish and shortsighted? Perhaps. However, I know what I want and I have no problem going after it. Life is a string of decisions, constructed and manifested by each person. I own mine, and I don’t apologize for it either.
My past always seems to define me. I hadn’t ever considered love as an option for someone with the background and proclivities that I have. Not until I spot a sexy little brunette across the crowded room. It’s magnetic, and as much as she tries to resist, I am going to have her. Even though she won’t submit, her sass does something to me—changes me. Come hell or high water, she will be mine.
What a fantastic book and a breath of fresh BDSM air. Sorcha and Gavin are both head strong, smart, independent and single. I might even say alpha meets alpha. Neither one are looking for a relationship but they do sort of stumble into one and it all starts with a chance meeting at a BDSM club called the Velvet Rope. Sorcha is sassy and Gavin is immediately taken by her strong will and mouth. And it only gets better from here.
I would categorize this as a romance with light BDSM. I think the reason for that is because, although very sexually independent and active, Sorcha has limited knowledge and really no experience with the BDSM lifestyle. So we get to learn and grow with her as we read. She’s tough, smart, thinks for herself and will do things in her own time, when she is comfortable doing them. She isn’t going to roll over and let anyone tell her what to do unless she wants them to. So it takes just a while to dip her toes into it and even then it’s very light.
“Sex this good comes with a price. A price tied with emotions and inevitable commitment. Or devastating heartache.”
Sorcha has a work friend who talks about the BDSM lifestyle and finally talks her into going to a club. He gives her some technical terminology and information that is very important before going to a club. Although educational, I feel the author did a good job at blending the information with the story. That way you get good and accurate information without all the text book jargon. I thought the fit and flow of the information was very nice and it gives the reader a chance to actually learn some real facts about the lifestyle. On the flip side, if you already have a good understanding of the lifestyle this may drag on a bit for you. BUT don’t be discouraged. Like I said, I think it’s done well and fits into the story just fine.
Scrupulous captivated me from the beginning and didn’t want to put the book down. Sorcha is a character I don’t typically see in these types of books and I absolutely loved her. Im putting her in my favorite heroine category. I especially loved it when she first meets Gavin. I thought the exchange between them two was hilarious.
For example, Sorcha is at the club getting turned on by all he kinky fuckery that is going on around her. Then this guy walks up (Gavin) and is blocking her view. Since the filter on her mouth is broken, she immediately gets into a verbal back and forth with Gavin.
“Can I help you?” I don’t take kindly to having my space invaded without my permission, let alone my lady boner being blocked.
“That is not the proper way to speak to a Dom, girl.”
“I wasn’t aware that I was speaking with one”
There is WAY more to that scene and its fantastic as it continues, but I don’t want to give it all away. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.
On to the sex. Sorcha and Gavin’s first sex scene… just… wow! Make you want to throw the book down and find someone or something to hump. HOT DAMN!
“Fuck inner goddess, he’s yanked my inner slut out, lavishing her beyond her wildest dreams and she’ll be damned if she goes back into the closet quietly.”
I didn’t rate the heat level very high on this because although there are some tasty and detailed sex scenes, I felt like some of them were just glossed over. They are written really well and I think the amount of sex scenes fit the size of the book. It was also a little refreshing to actually focus on the story a little bit rather than just the sex.
Gotta love some drama. Sorcha has trust issues and Gavin is still getting used to the idea of being in a relationship, so some things just… slip his mind sometimes.
The constant back and forth between these two is the best. Them trying to making the other jealous, the ghost pepper, the word wars, battle of wits and so much more.
I did get confused by the alternate names everyone uses at work. Sometimes it was hard to follow. I also felt that closer to the end the constant back and forth between Sorcha and Gavin was a little too much. For example, I’m waiting for their relationship to go to the next level and maybe get into some BDSM stuff, but then a trust issue takes place and then we have to start all over again. I get it, and if I had a trust issue, it would set me back a step too. Maybe the trust issues could have all been at once to move the story along better? I don’t know and don’t have a good answer for that. The spots in between the issues is what seemed to drag for me. Some of the things that were happening in the “in between” sections didn’t mean anything to me and didn’t seem to add to the story. I could be wrong, but those were the feelings that I had while reading some of those parts. I also think the phone number issue went on a little longer than it should have. I get that both of these people weren’t looking for a commitment, but at some point when you were talking about sleeping together more than once, wouldn’t you at least get a number?
Overall, Scrupulous was a good read and I’m looking forward to reading the next book. I thought the writing style and the flow of the story were really good and kept my interest. This book has humor, great sex, a kickass heroine, entertaining supporting characters and a good story to back it all up. I would recommend this to people who love romance with a little bit of kick and who are interested in learning more about the BDSM lifestyle.
“Rule number one – never question me. Rule number two – your body is my playground and recess has begun.”
I received a copy of this book via the author in exchange for an honest review.
What inspired you to write your first Novel? “My girlfriends and I were sitting around discussing our latest reads, all the perfect Cinderella type romance novels that are out there and how we would like to read something that more could relate to. I have been an avid reader since I was a child and love to write, so I decided to write something for us. A not so perfect love story; one that had a little humor, tied in some vampires, a little adult content, morally hard choices and was a satisfying read for all those hard working readers who want some good ole’ junk food for the brain when they come home after a long day at work.”
Raised in California she moved to Colorado to pursue her education and fell in love with the area as well as her now husband. After pushing through college class by class with a few maternity breaks in between, she graduated. Her four year degree took a bit longer to complete as life led her down a scenic route.
Though Kristina loved her art and literature classes in college she put that to the side in order to start her career in nursing. After establishing her career she felt something was missing. While she adores being a nurse she felt her artistic side was calling and started to pick up her writing and painting again, setting aside a few hours a day on her day’s off. After a period of time she found that her short story had grown into her first novel. Writing is a passion of hers and she feels the greatest achievement in her art is creating works that bring enjoyment to others.
She continues to reside in Colorado with her husband and children. Kristina is working on the next installment of the Lunar Eclipse Series.