Red by Kate Kinsey, Be Still My Kinky Heart


Sometimes a book comes along that takes your reader’s breath away. For me,  RED by Kate Kinsey, is this book. It’s probably the best “erotic” fiction I’ve read this year. Although it’s one of those books that’s hard to categorize, there are passages of erotic writing that are just beautiful. But the book is not what I’d call erotica—and it’s certainly not a romance, at least not in the traditional sense. It’s a murder mystery/thrller that just happens to be centered on a BDSM community.

Because my main character in CRAVINGS is an ex-paid dominatrix, I’ve been reading a lot about BDSM. (All in the name of research, dontchya know. Grin.) Of all the books I’ve read, this book felt the most real to me. I understand much more about it, now, because Kate Kinsey is not writing from the outside of the community. Nor is she writing about it in a crass and gratuitous manner. She shows the good, the bad, and very ugly.

One look at her website tells you this is who Kate Kinsey is—she also educates others about the BDSM community. She could have written a non-fiction book about BDSM. And I wonder if she considered that. RED is certainly about more than sex—plenty more. I think by choosing to wrap the kink aspect into this thriller plot, she gave the sex a compelling emotional context and texture. One that you don’t find in Fifty Shades, for example. I am so glad that she chose to write RED, as fiction, because it wrapped itself around my reader’s heart in so many ways.

She began each chapter with a literary quote from Anais Nin or Marquis DeSade, and others. The quotes helped to set the tone, bringing a thoughtful, almost literary, context to the book.

As I mentioned in previous posts, I am also a mystery author. So the book really appealed to that who-done-it-thing in me, as well.  The balance between suspense, sex, and mystery was handled with a deft hand. The appeal of this read is more that the mechanics of storytelling, though. All of this in the hands of a very gifted writer makes for a fantastic read. I can’t wait to see what she writes next. Bravo, Ms. Kinsey.

While she claims this book is not a romance—and it certainly is not a genre romance—there is a subtle romance in the book. Without giving too much away, let’s just say that ending suits the book, as does the relationship. It’s one twist after the other. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

Red, by Kate Kinsey, is published by eKensington. The galley was provided on Netgalley for free by the publisher. This opinion is my own. Cross my heart. heh.

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5 Comments

  • lisawhitefern
    November 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Wow that sounds interesting! Looks like eKensington might be taking off! I have wondered how all these e-lines of big publishers were going to do.

    • LizEverly
      November 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm

      You won’t regret reading this. I promise you. I agree, Lisa, it’s going to be interesting to see how eKensington will do, along with the others.

  • Elizabeth Shore
    November 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    You’ve certainly piqued my interest, Liz. I’m always up for a good read and this sounds like it needs to make its way to my tbr pile. Thanks for the great review!

  • ellaquinnauthor
    November 7, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Very interesting.

  • Holly Roberts
    November 7, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I loved this book and this was a great review!

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