Part of a series? Yes, it’s a serial.
Cliffhanger? Yes, in a way.
Genre: Erotica Contemporary.
Book 1 of the multi-episode series The Cage Sessions
Annika is a reporter for MiamiImproper.com, a struggling web magazine. Damien Cage is rock star frontman for the Platinum-selling band Eon Sphinx.
When her boss sends Annika to interview Damien at his Biscayne Bay estate, she can’t believe it. Now 22 and trying to find her path in life, Annika is trying to let go of her strict religious upbringing. She yearns to be sexually free, enjoying all that life has to offer.
Just turned 30, Damien is surrounded by beautiful girls. He trains them in the “Deviant Arts of Pleasure.” But none of them are on his level. Disillusioned and jaded with the music industry, he has quit his band in search of something more meaningful out of life.
When Annika and Damien meet, sparks fly. The steam between them is hotter than the Florida sunshine.
Damien makes an offer to Annika. Neither realizes it yet, but it’s an offer that will fill their lives with both deep meaning AND sizzling passion… starting at one of Damien’s infamous Friday night parties full of decadence and debauchery.
Approximate length: 15,000 words (a novelette)
Content Warning: This erotic romance contains graphic scenes of intimacy. For mature adults 18 years and older ONLY!
This is the first title in a series. There IS a cliffhanger ending.
Themes: Erotic romance, coming of age, new adult, kink, BDSM, rock star, alpha male, tattoos, body piercings, body paint, escaping a controlling parent, sexual freedom, sex positive.
I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.
Rating and reviewing this first installment in the serial is difficult for me because I hate being negative, but I really didn’t like this book.
While I can see the intent of the author and even have my curiosity picked about a few things regarding Damien, the male interest in this story, I’m still not hooked enough to think about reading the next few episodes. I’m really sorry.
While the fast pace of this story is entertaining, the depth of the characters is completely lacking. Some characters if not all are too much and even feel like a caricature, the characterization is not polished to help me like the main character or even the secondary ones.
The beginning of this first installment is a little confusing because there’s a scene that actually happens later on in the story, but we read it at the beginning, in the first chapter. It turned me off immediately to be honest. It’s a trick some authors use to hook readers, but it never works with me.
Also, the female lead character is ridiculous at times. I get it it’s supposed to be a gritty, dark, angsty and raw erotica serial, but still. Too much is too much and the silliness I often perceived killed the purpose of the story and atmosphere. At least, for me.
I enjoy reading raw erotica stories from time to time, but I still need a good build up between the main characters, need real characterization and here I don’t find it. you’re going to say that it’s a serial which means that each episode is pretty short and that’s true, but to base your story on you need a good feel of the main character, someone you like following, not someone who makes you laugh at her because it’s ridiculous, someone you can understand on some level instead of just criticizing in your head.
I was expecting something else, something more character centered to better enjoy the female lead character’s journey in her sex life rather than weird inner dialogue and overuse of words referring to arousal.
I know I’m rather harsh, but it’s been a while since I’ve last been disappointed to this extent. If you’re into erotica stories like this one, you may enjoy it, if you’re looking for a little more than just raw erotica, then I don’t think this serial is for you.