RELEASE DAY BLITZ & BOOK REVIEW: The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

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✮✮✮A delicious world of erotica, BDSM with alpha-subs and their Dommes, and a gripping love story…Welcome to The Bee’s Honey! The first book in New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley’s Honey Series, THE DEEP END is a seductive and rich love story now available! ✮✮✮

Fall into THE DEEP END and grab your copy today!

 

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About THE DEEP END (Erotic Romance Releasing March 7, 2017):

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one’s deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

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Melanie’s 5 Star Review:

Kristen Ashley’s The Deep End take us deep into the mystifying and provocative world of BDSM through the eyes of two unforgettable characters both of whom defined this entire story for me. I would have never expected to feel the way I did while taking the journey alongside Olivier and Amelie. I was immensely enraptured by the ins and outs of what was an uncharted world for me. Once you step into the doors of the Bee’s Honey everything heightens— the wonder and the unease both fighting to break through and like Olivier, I didn’t know how to react to the delicious buzzing that coursed through me during scenes that were so downright kinky. These emotions were perilously boiling over without consent and it was then I realized that the sooner I gave into this world that Ms. Ashley has so gloriously presented us with, the better it would be for me.  Quite simply, The Deep End is an experience. A delicious, tantalizing, mind-blowing experience which will have you deliriously panting through it all.

To be perfectly honest, the first 20% of this book had me in knots. The writing and the sound of the book was so completely unlike the usual Kristen Ashley books that I have come to love. In fact, many if not all of her books are ones that I consistently re-read time and time again when I’m in a book funk. She sits atop the very short list of my all-time favorite authors. So to say that I was close to tears because the first couple of chapters just weren’t doing it for me is the ultimate understatement. I was so confused and angry with myself for it. The narration didn’t cut it for me and if it wasn’t for my adoration for the author, I would have probably given up and thinking back on it now, I thank the HEAVENS that I pushed on because once it got going it really, flippin’ got going.

Just like Olivier giving himself over to his Mistress Amelie, I too began to give myself over to Kristen Ashley’s ministrations. Once you let go and give into this brand new world, you too will be wholly mesmerized. The Deep End not only pushed my boundaries but it totally opened my eyes to feel and to enjoy certain elements of the BDSM world that I would have never in my wildest dreams think to find pleasure in. A Dominatrix working an a\Alpha male sub…. Definitely not something I thought I could ever get off on but man, oh man did it ever work! The unequivocal trust that comes with the lifestyle adds an even amplified level of connection between Olivier and Amelie. It is unlike anything else and the relationship that develops between them becomes this profound love that just made me melt, my heart bursting with so much joy. I loved every bit of what they had to offer.

If there is one review I wish would help persuade you it would be this. I implore you to give this book a chance. Trust in the direction that Kristen Ashley is taking you in and for my fellow KA fanatics, I will forewarn that this is unlike the KA that you are used to but I promise that there is also still so much of what we love about her in it. She will not lead you astray… And if you find yourself frustrated as I did at the start of the book, keep pushing forward. Once the dialogue begins to pick up, it is then you will find the very heart of this book. It is an adventure you will be thankful to have taken. The Deep End is positively erotic and one that without a doubt have you questioning your supposed set of sexual boundaries.  I am so proud of Kristen Ashley for taking huge strides into something so different and this has my bookshelf worthy stamp of approval.

 

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EXCERPT:

As he slowly closed the door behind him and moved his eyes to look through the room, taking it in, she watched them get wide.

They dropped to her and his amusement was clear. Not only radiating from his gaze but twitching his lips.

Another unusual—and unacceptable—reaction.

He thought this was funny.

She hoped like fuck she had the opportunity to prove him wrong.

She crossed her arms on her chest and slightly put out a foot, like she was about to start tapping her toe. In the wrap dress she wore, she knew this opened the overlap, not exposing anything, but the promise for him was impossible to resist.

His attention dropped to her legs.

“In the playrooms,” she began with a snap, and his gaze cut to hers, “I want eye contact. Unless otherwise instructed, you should not only feel free to look me directly in the eyes, if I’m in your line of sight or I’m not giving you something that your body’s natural reaction would make it difficult to meet my gaze, I require it.”

She stood there staring as he did nothing but dip his chin in acknowledgment.

Cheeky.

Exceptionally cheeky.

Fabulous.

“Unless I’ve asked for their silence or for them to ask for leave to speak, I also require my toys to respond when they’re spoken to. Even if it’s only a ‘yes, Mistress,’ or ‘no, Mistress.’”

His stance relaxed, like he was settling in at the beginning of a show he found vaguely intriguing, and his deep rumble of a voice bounced like boulders through the room. “Yes, Mistress.”

Christ, even his voice declared his challenge.

“Excellent,” she allowed. “Your name?”

“Olivier,” he answered.

French.

Also unusual, at least in this country. And interesting.

She liked it a great deal.

She studied him.

He let her, holding her eyes.

“I’m Mistress Amélie,” she eventually informed him.

“I know. You got a lotta fans out there…Mistress.”

The hesitation over him saying “Mistress” gave less of the impression he was testing her and more of the strange impression the word was unpracticed when, with any experienced sub, it would slip right off their tongue.

She made no comment to that.

“There are things we should go over,” she remarked.

“Right,” he stated, his big body adjusting again, now like he was settling in further, intent on giving her the same attention he would a flight attendant who gave the safety address.

That being no more than a courtesy.

She fought the shiver his actions created but allowed the irritation.

“Your safe word is kitten,” she stated.

“Yes, Mistress.”

“You’re open to any kind of play,” she went on.

“Yes, Mistress.”

“It’s important and now’s the time to share should there be anything you wish me to shy away from, Olivier. Especially as this is the first time I’ve played with you.”

Something in his eyes flashed. Blue eyes that were the color of nothing and everything. Not sky. Not sea. Not midnight. A pure blue that only existed in the unchartable depths of a rainbow.

She felt that flash snake up between her thighs, taking residence in her womb.

He wanted this conversation done so she would play with him. He wanted the preliminaries over so they’d get to the good stuff.

He wanted her.

She stared into those blue eyes and for a moment felt mesmerized.

For God’s sake, Leigh, she berated herself in an effort to pull it together. Rainbow?

“Olivier,” she prompted.

“I’m open to anything,” he confirmed.

 

 

 

 

Kristin Ashley - headshotAbout Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

 

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