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Monday, February 8, 2010

Desire and Depravity by Iona Blair

Desire and Depravity by Iona Blair
Publisher: Total E Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (94 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, F/F, Multiple Partners, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Kink and taboo are taken to new heights in this riveting story of unbridled lust and its shocking consequences. Come visit the brothel, where uninhibited sex with a shocking difference is offered in a specially constructed scarlet room.

Muriel McBain is the picture of respectability. She is a deacon of the church and an affluent member of the community. No one guesses that beneath her cool, strictly controlled exterior; there rages a repressed passion, which she attempts to satisfy with unusual masturbation methods. When this frustrated, middle-aged spinster falls in love with a much younger man, the consequences threaten to destroy her.
There’s a fine line between Desire and Depravity. You can want something without destroying it. Then again sometimes the only way to really understand what you have is to throw it away. The question is, can you get it back once it’s gone?

Iona Blair is known for her stories that teeter on the edge. This story is one of them. Now I warn you, this story isn’t for the faint of heart. Although there isn’t much that is taboo, there are some instances that will make you stop, think, and wonder. The writing is tight, but there was more than one spot where my interest wandered.

There’s an exotic dancer club and more than one person wants it closed, but not for the same reasons. You have Chuck, the jerkish husband who's addicted to sex, his wife, Doris, who doesn’t have the nerve to stand up to him. You also meet Muriel, the older woman who’s worried about appearances, but she’s attracted to a younger man, Darren. And Darren? He’s a dancer at the club, but he’s not only attracted to Muriel, but to another as well.

There are many plotlines going through this story and they can be hard to keep straight. But the way they come together will have you applauding. You think you know how this story will end, but then Ms. Blair hits you with a powerful ending.

I wasn’t taken by Muriel’s unwavering attraction to Darren. She acted a bit childish up until she met him. She didn’t act at all like I expected, but then it worked for the character. I thought the sex scenes between her and Darren lacked some sensuality, but it built through the story, so that helped.

Chuck turned me off from the beginning. His addiction to sex, to the detriment of his personal relationships, made him not handsome or interesting at all. But I liked how his story ended and how he learned the difference between desire and depravity.

If you want a story that will keep you thinking, then you need to read Desire and Depravity. I give this book 3 cherries.

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