Review: The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

Posted March 8, 2017 by Bethany in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

The Deep End (Honey, #1) Review: The Deep End by Kristen Ashleyby Kristen Ashley
on March 7, 2017
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Genres: Erotica, Romance
Series: The Honey Series #1
Source: ARC via publisher
Pages: 481

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one's darkest desires will become a sensual reality.
Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.
When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.
Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.


“Here you go, Leigh.”

                Mirabelle was extending her phone, which was good and bad.

                Good because Amélie had not managed to unobtrusively deep breathe, her shallow breaths making her feel light-headed, and she needed something else to focus on.

                Bad because what she was focusing on would be the profile of that beast.

                She took Mirabelle’s phone and turned it her way.

            Security: Kitten
            Hobbies: Everything
            Limitations: Nothing
            Notes: None

                Translated, that meant:

            Safe word: Kitten
            Inclinations: Into anything
            Boundaries, Rules, Unacceptable Play: None

                Even with those few words, it was a surprising profile. Experienced subs, the only ones allowed on the floor, knew their boundaries and most had them. In this club, the vast majority were extreme, such as branding, marking, scarring, strangling, sensory deprivation, and so on.

                But they had them.

                She hadn’t seen a profile that open in a long time.

                And the safe word “kitten” showed the beast had a sense of humor. He had the look that just uttering that cute word, which would bring images of the adorable creatures, would make him violently ill.

                “Go hit that, tigress,” Mirabelle urged, and Amélie lookedto her.

                Before she could say a word, Mirabelle continued.

                “Get in there. Three times here, he’ll have heard of you. He’ll be holding out in hopes you’ll be extending the invitation to initiating him to our playrooms. I know it.” She leaned across the table. “Rock his world, lovely.”

                She studied her friend, the open excitement, the budding love she was experiencing with her submissive, that time when life takes on clarity so pure and extraordinary, you want everyone to experience it with you.

                She turned her head to the beast.

                Years of experience only marred twice by two toys she’d had who held great promise, but who eventually fell short of the real thing, taught her that tonight, she would definitely enjoy herself.

                But he might be champagne. He might be bourbon. He might, surprisingly, be cognac or port.

                The bottom line was that she had to keep expectations low so she wouldn’t be devastated when he didn’t turn out to be top-shelf whisky.


Going into this new Kristen Ashley book, I knew it was going to be completely different from what she has written before now. I knew it was erotica so the story line focuses more heavily on the sex than her usual contemporary romance novels.

This book was hot, and I mean freakin’ HOT! Seriously, some of the steamiest scenes I have ever read are in this book. I’m very surprised by how much I enjoyed an Domme/alpha-male submissive story. At first though, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book much. Instead of KA’s usual first person narrative, she wrote this novel entirely in a third person narrative. I’m sure she had her reasons for doing so but I prefer first person. I think I am able to connect with the characters better when the story is from their prospective. It took time, however bu the 30% mark I was very much into the book.

The Deep End is not going to be for every reader even some hardcore KA fans. But I liked it and I think readers that don’t mind some kink will enjoy this book too. I’m looking forward to the next novel in the series and which couple it will focus on. 

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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.



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