Daily Archives: July 18, 2015

THE DARK SPACE by Mary Ann Rivers and Ruthie Knox


A mesmerising and beautiful exploration of the connection between two students here, in a welcome collaboration between two fantastic writers. I’m genuinely intrigued as (*cough cough*) an author myself, when two writers can collaborate on a project – particularly one as seamlessly gorgeous as The Dark Space. Maybe they participated in a magical mind-meld of the sort that seems to engulf the characters in this story? That would be some pretty intense typing. But I get ahead of myself… The story follows Winnie and Cal, two students at a prestigious university who, despite being seniors, have never really interacted (Winnie in particular not exactly being a social butterfly). That is, until they find themselves drawn to one another when they take the same Contact Improvisation class (part of the theatre department). The near-mystical attraction that these two experience is vividly depicted in Winnie and Cal’s alternating POVs. Is it real magic? Magical realism? Or simply the best way to describe something so indescribable as sexual attraction, or, indeed, falling in love? I suppose it’s up to you to decide, but it lends a wonderful, ethereal dimension to Winnie and Cal’s story. I also loved that they’re not conventionally beautiful people. He’s short, she’s shorter. He’s skinny, she’s awkward. But together, they fit. Their sexuality is beautiful, unselfish and almost tangible. Although The Dark Space is a simple story, and economic in length, I think you can probably tell that I really admired the telling of this tale. Fresh, immersive writing in a genre that can all too easily fall into cliché. Highly recommended.

Amazon Link:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Space-Mary-Ann-Rivers-ebook/dp/B00WVFN1FI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437245300&sr=8-1&keywords=the+dark+space+ruthie+knox

Cringe Factor                                   1/5

Is it Hot in Here?                             4/5

For the Love of Feminism!             5/5

Overall Tasty Goodness                4.5/5




One for the greedy here: Alisha Rai’s deliciously fun Glutton For Pleasure features not only a relatable, modern heroine in Devi Malik, but an awful lot of stomach-rumble-inducing descriptions of the delicious Indian food she prepares in her job as chef at the family restaurant. You’ll probably need an actual palate cleanser after delving into Rai’s well-written, sexy book – the first in her ‘Pleasure’ series. Curvy career woman Devi hasn’t really had time (or the mental energy) to delve into another relationship, preferring to focus on her fantasies and her work. That is until a real-life fantasy scenario presents itself in the form of her crush, smoking hot businessman Jace. He’s a regular at the restaurant, and when he starts showing interest in her, with some encouragement from her sister, Devi decides to grab the… let’s say bull by the horns. However, it turns out that Jace is a package deal – he has a pact of sorts with his brother Marcus, which involves threesomes with willing women. Oh, and they’re identical twins. Identically hard-bodied, super-sexy twins. Devi is down. While the subject-matter of this one could have been cringe-worthy at best and downright weird at worst, Alisha Rai manages to navigate the scenario of getting into a sex-fuelled experimental relationship with identical twins with admirable aplomb. Devi is a compelling character with which women can easily identify, and I loved that the men believably celebrate her soft, full figure. Devi’s reservations, and more importantly, her willingness to give over to her desires without feeling ashamed, make for a refreshing read. As, indeed, does the fact that the book features a protagonist of South Asian descent. I guess I had to sometimes prevent my mind from enquiring whether Jace and Marcus’ preference for, um, sharing might edge into some rather intriguing psychological territory in terms of their feelings for one another as brothers – the motivation for which is at least addressed to some extent. But at the end of the day, this isn’t meant to be an in-depth psychological study. It’s a sexy romp by a writer whose work I shall certainly seek out again. Tasty.

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Glutton-Pleasure-Alisha-Rai-ebook/dp/B00LETVCH6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437244753&sr=8-1&keywords=glutton+for+pleasure

Cringe Factor                                   2/5

Is it Hot in Here?                             4/5

For the Love of Feminism!              4/5

Overall Tasty Goodness                3.5/5