Saturday, December 6, 2014

Blog Tour, eARC Review: Welcome to Serpent's Kiss by Sherri Hayes

Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling, or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.71a8706b1176a738beed03e0856a5345.jpgAt the age of thirty, all of that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending, and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.
Six years later, Sherri is the author of six full-length novels, and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet for Sherri that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create. She is most well known for her Finding Anna series about a young woman rescued from being a sex slave by a wealthy Dominant. The third book in that series, Truth, released July 25, 2013.

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Title: Welcome to Serpent's Kiss

Genre: Erotic Romance BDSM

Author: Sherri Hayes

Release Date: Dec 4, 2014

After losing her husband unexpectedly, Katrina Mayer decided to open Serpent’s Kiss. She wanted it to be a place where she and her fellow kinksters could play and socialize.
Five years after the doors opened, the club is everything she’d hoped it would be. On Friday and Saturday nights, Serpent’s Kiss is filled with men and women who share a similar desire to explore the pleasures BDSM has to offer. The club has continued to grow, and over the years, many of its members have become friends.
The one thing Katrina didn’t expect when she’d decided to open a club was the human drama that came with it. Learning to balance her life as the club mistress has taken some getting used to, but she wouldn’t change a thing.


Review by Ramona
My Rating: 4 out of 4 Stars
(Based on Short&Light Read Category)

Sherri Hayes has written one of the more perfect introductions to a series with Welcome to Serpent's Kiss. This  short story is simply a complete background to what's to come in the Serpent's Kiss series and whets your appetite for what's to come. 

Katrina Mayer is her own woman, and a businesswoman too. Not only does she own her own kink club but she also runs it as a hard as nails Club Mistress and resident sadist. She's a shrewd investor and a fair, caring boss, which makes the employee and member side a little more intimate than she bargained for! There is also that little fact of her not wanting a permanent sub...

I truly appreciate the details put in by Ms Hayes to make this story realistic and informative while being truly sexy. Dominants have to learn their craft and it does take years as well as a great attention to detail. Then there is that  habit of checking (good Doms make sure their subs are comfortable and not in any unpleasant pain) the sub's play status. Of special mention is the all-important aftercare. 

Most don't talk about exactly how difficult it is to play in this lifestyle. The background and medical checks are a necessary for both health and privacy, especially in an exclusive club where an inadvertent outing can destroy someone socially. Then the learning process involved where Doms are constantly on the lookout for their sub's well being while learning to inflict only erotic pain in safety. 

My only complaint: Welcome to Serpent's Kiss was done too quickly! Yes, I know it's only an overview and background to the series but I wish there was more to it than just a short story. But it's a perfect appetizer to the Serpent's Kiss series, Sherri Hayes. Makes me want the rest of the course - now. 

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