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REVIEW: Mr. Perfect – J.A. Huss

Mr PerfectMr. Perfect by J.A. Huss
Series: Mister #1
Genre: erotic romance
Themes: office romance, enemies to lovers
Archetype: billionaire, alpha
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Wanting the perfect man doesn’t make me crazy. I just know what I like.

A powerful billionaire in a suit wasn’t even my first choice. McAllister Stonewall was never on my radar, I didn’t even know he existed.

But I do now.

His hands are all over me at work. The heat of his chest pressing against my bare back as he bends me over the desk is the only thing on my mind.

He is my most forbidden desires unleashed. He is my new secret obsession. He is my Mr. Perfect.

Until the moment I realize… There’s no such thing as perfect.

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Review

Heat: ★★★★
Rating: ★★★★

How can he be so damn hot and so damn despicable at the same time?

I skimmed through a few of the other reviews before putting my own into words, mainly because I enjoyed this so much that I was curious as to why there were so many mixed reviews. The main theme that kept coming up was that some of Mac’s actions were considered a little “rapey”, leading to a few DNFs and poor reviews. I understand this, I do – but this wasn’t an issue for me. Maybe my mind has just been warped from all the dark erotic I’ve been reading. Yes, there were some coercion scenes here, dub-con at a push, but I felt Huss’ narrative made it absolutely clear that Ellie didwant what was happening. Yes, there was kink and filth, but from where I was reading, it was all consensual, justpushing the boundaries of erotic fantasy a little. So don’t let that stop you if you’re concerned about this read.

“Talk to me like a dirty slut, Ellie, and I’ll make you come so hard, your legs will spasm and your body will collapse.”

Moving on – this was a fucking hot read. Who doesn’t enjoy delving into the office romance fantasies with an outrageously alpha boss, especially when they involve a wonderfully dominant character, right from the start?And especially when they involve one of those rare, proper face-fucking scenes. And it was outrageous. There was a fair bit of melodrama and overreaction, with both characters. Yet, I just couldn’t tear myself away from this romance. Not only was it hideously heartwarming, but it was also incredibly funny. I read the first 25% whilst my brother was watching Stranger Things, and he kicked me out because I was laughing so hard. Huss just kept making these awfully cringeworthy moments even worse, and I fucking loved it.

I like his power. I like the way he talks to me. The way he assumes I will just obey his commands.

This was by no means perfect – it was a pretty predictable, typical romance plot, complete with big romantic gestures, but where it felt better was both with the sex and chemistry between the two leads, and Ellie’s character. She was adorable, delusional and clutzy. And kinky. I very much enjoyed seeing her character progression throughout these pages, one of the stronger aspects of this read. Would I read the sequel? Absolutely. Bring it on.

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REVIEW: The Dollhouse – Stacia Stone

The DollhouseThe Dollhouse – Stacia Stone
Series: standalone (full-length novel version of a previously released serial)
Genre: erotica
Themes: BDSM
Archetype: billionaire
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The Dollhouse is a place where dreams can become reality – for a price.

There are Dolls for every taste and desire. Fantasy Dolls. Baby Dolls. Dolls as soft as silk or hard as plastic.

Dolls that just want to be broken.

Twenty-one year old college dropout, Dalea Moreno, has spent her entire life trying to ignore the things that she can’t have. When she is offered a place in the Dollhouse and enough money to change her life forever, it is impossible for Dalea to refuse. But when the mysterious patron with the beautiful face and terrifying desires selects her for his own, Dalea quickly realizes he wants more than her body. He wants control over her. He wants her submission. He wants more than she has ever given up before. And he won’t stop until every part of her is his for the taking.

For mature audiences (18+), contains explicit sexual content and BDSM elements. Reader discretion is advised.

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Review

Heat: ★★★★
Rating: ★

This had a lot of strong elements and potential. It just, for me, didn’t quitelive up to them. An excellent premise, I was immediately struck by the basis for this story, particularly due to my love of dark erotica. I felt that it should, if anything, just be ‘erotica’ (maybe worthy of a “dark-ish” label), just with a BDSM and consensual slavery theme.

My main issue was the format. I don’t like serials as I prefer my reads to have a lot of depth and character development, which just tend to get lost when there are small instalments. This was slightly different – a full-length novel version of a previously released serial, but still suffered from trying to fit too many themes and plot developments into one novel. I’d have very much liked to have seen it as maybe a trilogy, a more epic erotic romance which was able to develop the characters fully and completely draw me in. As it was, the plot was highly predictable and there was very little characterisation at all. To be honest, I just didn’t care about them and didn’t really grasp and believe in their relationship.

“Love is neurotransmitters firing and hormones soaking the emotion centers of your brain. It’s a trick that your body plays on your minds. It isn’t real.”

Having said that, I very much enjoyed reading this. Despite its predictability, it was an easy read and extremely steamy, with some wonderful humiliation elements (something I am very fond of reading). I just wanted a little more length, more time with the characters, more time to care, and, of course, more of those extraordinarily written sex scenes to delve further into the world of slave-master BDSM relationships.

Stacia Stone is definitely an author to watch, and despite its flaws, there was a lot of potential here for more.