Review of Vouloir by J.D. Chase from ARC: released 26th Feb 2015

Vouloir by J.D. Chase Review

So happily and thankfully I received an ARC copy of this fantastic new book from the author herself. I’ve been a fan of her writing since she introduced the world to Xander Rhodes and this new book Vouloir follows on at a slight tangent from the Rouge Passion Series. I am happy report that this new offering is actually even better than I’d hoped.

That’s a big relief on two counts; one you don’t want to have expectations knocked down, it’s deflating and two you don’t want to have say the book is not that great. However relief washed over me about 10 pages in and had me hooked and this first book in the Passion Noire Series far exceeded expectations. The market in erotic fiction has been saturated since 50 shades appeared, thankfully not all books have had such infantile themes and terrible writing. But the main issue was always why read a constant stream of the same formula rehashed. Well in this instance J. D. Chase has done something remarkable, Vouloir is fresh, new and addictive.

She has given the world La Veuve Noire, a sex therapist, come Domme, who happens to run a club for the more sexually liberated. Veuve is not a one dimensional character of a woman, in need of rescuing from a man. In fact she is revealed at a controlled pace to be much, much more than at first she appears. She is strong, powerful and she knows it; basically everything that’s been missing from the erotic fiction market.

This book is not a scene by scene account of sex in different guises, it more refined in very unpretentious way. Dean the sexy bartender from the Rouge Passion Series opens the door on this world due to his disastrous encounter with Isla in the previous series. Interestingly although a character from the other series is the entrance to this world, the other books don’t have to be read to enjoy this book. (Although I highly encourage reading them if only to bring Xander Rhodes to a wider audience!) In agreeing to help Dean; Veuve introduces the world of BDSM in a more interesting and real way than many other books in the genre have. Its shown in all its discomforting glory, but however uncomfortable it may make you feel; the writer has made aspects of the unpalatable: palatable. She uses pace with great effect; in controlling the readers knowledge of the world, using BDSM less as shock factor and more of a ‘it exists get over it’, allowing for a story to be told.

The relationships between Veuve and men are diverse, between Dean, ‘the Kid’ and Jones the ex-commando a lot of bases are covered. The point is to show that women are more than simply an prop for expressions of male sexuality. Her relationship with Jones has the most potential as its not a opposites attract mentality, its like vs like; I for one am very interested to see how a strong sexually sure man navigates a relationship with a woman who requires the ultimate in submission from him.

It goes without saying this book isn’t for the easily offended, but if you come across these types of books its a fair assumption your reading tastes are not of the Little Women variety. But this book manages through the skill of the writer to inject fresh ideas into a very saturated market of prince charming being over taken with ‘Love’ for needy women who manage to change their sexual proclivities over night. Vouloir is fresh, interesting, gripping and well written with great pace. Overall its just MORE and by that I mean it hits more than the erotic fiction mark, its a study on the motivators of human sexuality without being heavy and dull. If your anything like me it’ll get inside your head and make you think after you put it down.

I just can’t wait for the follow up: Falloir, if this offering is anything to go by it promises much. Once again i’m full of expectations and my anticipation is rising…

Porn Again!!

Well this is my first blog it has been said that creation of this blog is an attempt to avoid working on my PhD! For once it is probably right but I’m as likely to admit that to those perceptive souls as Gary Barlow is to pay is his Tax bill (oops)! Anyway two things happened this week that have changed me forever, firstly I found the music of Betty Who (she is awesome so check her out!); my dressing routine will never be the same again thanks to Betty and her electronic pop tunes! Secondly and quite by accident I discovered the Porn Actor, Director and all round Porn King that is James Deen! So I already know what your thinking here; this woman just admitted she watches porn and to the world no less or at the very least the single person to come across this blog whilst clicking the wrong link. Well people I found him after reading an article on Huff Post. It was an article written by Jenn Tisdale and her porn experience with James Deen written more than a year ago I might add. Being a woman with a fairly broad mind and view of each to their own, I thought it brave of Jenn Tisdale. So I proceeded to read her article with curious interest. Who was this James dude and why would a woman not previously involved in the Porn Industry, not just willing but actively seek out a porn experience? So in reading the article I find that it hadn’t occurred to her before (that’s what she says) but a request sent out by this James Deen guy to have amateur woman indulge in a porn shoot with him; was found and she applied. Now I’ve looked already, yes you can still apply to enjoy a session with this guy on camera. Hell who wouldn’t; have a look he is damn fine in more ways than one (discovered in the course of my research on this blog), but do women really wanna do the No Pants Dance on camera? Well Jenn Tisdale did, I’ve seen it and she is great in it!! True I have limited experience with reviews of porn vids but its definitely an improvement on the porn I have seen which was laughable rather than arousing! However this ‘porno’ is slightly more home video porn than industry standard, maybe that’s why I found it not just bearable but interesting! So in getting to the point here, with publication of a new porno book (sorry erotic fiction) every other week, and the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey going viral; I ask has our view of sex changed or is it that we are just acknowledging that people can and do indulge in all sorts of things and sometimes a camera is involved? Jenn Tisdale states in the video she would not being doing ‘porn’ if it wasn’t with James Deen, hell I wouldn’t do porn but I might be coaxed if it were him (my mother’s eyebrow just raised)! 20120613-canyons1That said the idea of my boney ass being online terrifies the life out of me more than my god damn VIVA in 2 years. But James Deen does not look or from what I’ve seen act like the typical porn star, in fact he behaves; when in his porn role as more serial seducer than serial killer (which must have been a relief for Jenn Tisdale). But with the BDSM tale of Mr Grey and other books that reiterate that women what nothing more than a man to control them in the bedroom and to buy them the latest gadget outside, are we circling back from Ladette culture and moving into the post-ladette world where a so-called Alpha is all we want. I don’t want a dude to tie me up, not my thing but I do find it endlessly fascinating reading about it and I wonder is that where we’re at. Where we can imagine ourselves doing anything and everything but in real life its the guy who brings you the cuppa that is god!! My friends are in one of two camps, the lets just get a bloke who can spell his own name and then we can work with the rest, the other is let’s get up to freakiest shit imaginable. I admire the second for their openness and courage to experiment but when they fall through wardrobe roofs and end up locked inside I do question the attraction to it. I have been called a prude in the past, but hey is it prudish to just not want to witness a friend performing fellatio at a dining table in a restaurant? I think not!! Equally I did not appreciate the follow-up which was having to wait for an elevator as they did the deed up against the adjacent wall. I was however impressed with this former friends ability to f**k and tell me “I was such a prude” at the same time. Anyway as I look forward to the release of another filthy book tonight (The Redeemer by J.D. Chase) I wonder I am the only female puzzled as to why I love reading about a girl being called a ‘filthy whore’ but if a guy called me that in life I would give his vitals a quick karate chop. Is this fascination because I’m exactly what my ex-friend said ‘a prude’ or is it because these modern erotic/porno books let me life vicariously through the female leads without running the risk of rope burn myself??!! I guess I’m not the best judge but I think it’s both and I’m also bloody hopeless in the DIY department, I’d buy the wrong rope or something. So this is where I say goodbye and return to looking for more James Deen vids (not really but I may check some out in future) as I wait for my latest erotic fiction fix. ciao