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A reader who’ll try anything once, including bad books in search of good ones. Eclectic as her tastes are, she tends to gravitate to historical romances, realistic contemporaries, and some fantasy novels.

Currently reading

The Complete Sherlock Holmes (The Heirloom Collection)
Arthur Conan Doyle, Simon Vance
Progress: 13 %
Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila


Collared - Kari Gregg Instead of creating a character with a history that would explain his submissiveness, Gregg created a gene-manipulated agricultural accident that miraculously turned everyone into aggressive sexual dominants with a small portion of the population growing meeker called anomalies. Instead of addressing this brilliant set up for a dystopian society introspection, the author used it to turn his pre-mentioned submissive character into a part of a legal slave race, with only a handful of casual references to newspaper topics. Instead of examining a character’s struggle to reacquaint himself with his changing biology and personality, the author spent half of the novella justifying the fairness of the selected masters—Master and Sir—for the submissive then quickly shifting to the proper BDSM etiquette and sex. It’s all just so emotionless and depthless. I wasn’t even expecting heavy scifi worldbuilding but I was hoping what had been created would be used to explore the characters and enable their growth. This is supposed to be a story about people adjusting to a new status quo. To add insult to injury, the BDSM scenes while technically correct—as far as I could tell—weren’t that sexy. Sometimes sexy is all I ask. P.S. Of course the token woman character is the villain.