The Deep End (Honey, #1) by Kristen Ashley – {Review}

Posted May 17, 2017 in reviews / 0 Comments

The Deep End (Honey, #1) by Kristen Ashley  –  {Review}The Deep End (Honey, #1) by Kristen Ashley
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 7th 2017
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Pages: 340
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback

ISBN: 1250121124
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This book is unsuitable for people under 18 years of age.

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one's darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.


The Deep End (Honey #1) by Kristen Ashley is the first book in her new series centered on the Bee’s Honey, an exclusive club where an alpha male like Olivier can surrender and find the Mistress he’s been waiting to submit to.

Amelie is an experienced Domme and the Queen of the Bee’s Honey. Seven years at the Honey, and she’s started to feel jaded and worry that she’ll not find what she looking for: an alpha-male submissive who won’t break. Luckily, for Amelie, Olivier decided to take a risk and join the Bee’s Honey.

Watching these two characters meet and explore their desires with one another is absolutely hot. Kristen Ashley explores a new side of her alpha male hero in Olivier as he defers to the whims of his Mistress Amelie in the playroom or bedroom, while still keeping nuances of her trademark heroes in his speech, how he acts outside of the club, or when he’s determined to protect Amelie or others.

Amelie is a strong and independent character, but filled with emotion. I liked that a lot about her character. I also enjoyed how well suited Olivier and Amelie are for each other. Only a year apart in age, though Amelie definitely seems older than her thirty-three years. He is scotch whisky and she is Soixante Quinze.

Besides the heat, growth, and complexities of Olivier and Amelie’s new relationship, Kristen Ashley throws in some intrigue and danger amongst the secondary characters and the Bee’s Honey that help move the plot along.

Overall, The Deep End by Kristen Ashley is a well-written erotic romance and it was fun to see a new type of story from one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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