Welcome to Lady Smut. I’m Madeline Iva, and starting in September, I’ll be blogging about all topics smart and sexy on Mondays and Thursdays. ‘Spanking the Princess‘, btw, refers to female masturbation.
This is part two, you may have noticed. Where is part one? It’s back on my web page blog. You can find it here.
Part one was inspired by wondering what I would find trolling the Amazon cheap reads section if I tried looking for spanking romances a la Fifty Shades of Grey.
For Part Two, I’d like to explore the Taboo Wishes series, published by Resplendence Publishing (what a name, eh? I feel like a princess just saying it–or like a tinkle of fairy bells should chime when I say the name).
The first book in the Taboo Wishes series is called Punished by Brynn Paulin. It came out a while ago, and was high on the Amazon charts — perhaps because it was .99 cents. Perhaps because of the cover.
I liked the cover. Usually, I’m drawn to covers that are soft and tastefully provocative. I don’t really care for covers with bare bottoms full on–to me they may be arousing, but they look too much like porn. This cover, however, is pretty explicit. Yet it has a retro pulp fiction look to it that I really like. Also the woman is shown with full agency–I mean, she looks like she’s a full partner in what’s going on. They’re being naughty together–I like that. The blurb also makes it clear that these folks are sophisticated adults, bravely trying out something when they are instantly drawn to each other.
This is really important to me. While erotica sounds fine to me (the more campy the set-up the better) I find as a reader that nothing makes me drop a book faster than reading a scene about two folks knocking boots who are utterly indifferent to each other.
So what I like about this entire series–and this book in particular–is that while each plot flirts with the forbidden fruit of taboo fantasies, the situations remain highly consensual, well written, and you know even from the sample that a deeper romantic interest is going to quickly emerge.
Punished starts in a club. Sex club stuff is too ish for my finicky tastes. Yet the club scene here is merely used as a set-up. (I think.) Happily, in the beginning of the story, you’re not even seeing the club. So much of the first scene is about the two protagonists that I get the feeling that the story isn’t going to remain in the club sphere much longer.
You can check out a sample of the book before you buy it. If you do end up reading Punished, please tell us in the comments section below what you thought of it.
Next week: I’ll review a very sweet erotic romance, SHELTERED by CHARLOTTE STEIN