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Bawdy Bookworms Review, Spring Summer & Fall 2016

Bawdy Bookworms (I love the name) is a unique subscription box that features an EROTIC novel (not fluffy romance…) and a few “Sexy” surprises. Yes, that means you get a sex toy pairing with your book! No other box has that combo. This was one of the very first boxes I subscribed to; I was looking for naughty novels online and somehow ran across this box – and that’s how my obsession with boxes began! At that time in March of 2016 there wasn’t even another erotic book box out there. Since then, a few more have popped up, but NOT with toys included. Needless to say, I was all over it. Something happened to me after 40 – my libido went through the damn roof.  I’ve spoken to other women about this (one in particular who just turned 60) and she giggled at me.  “Yup” she said, “Men slow down and we speed up!”  God has a sick sense of humor.

The founder Thien-Kim Lam (who goes by “Kim”), is a former sex toy sales woman, so she knows her stuff! She is super sweet and friendly, too, and curates the boxes and runs an online discussion forum on Facebook. You used to have to be a box subscriber to get access to the forum, but I believe non-subscribers can ask to join now. Let me just say that the chit chat is lively as well as informative. If you are terminally shy, this may not be for you, but I encourage you to give it a try because WHAT FUN! I used to be kind of shy about this stuff myself, but after a few life slams I decided I no longer give a shit what anyone thinks or says; hence this blog. ANYWAY, the topics vary, but of course include discussions about the latest book and toys from the box. Once a member, you are asked to introduce yourself and participate with respect for all opinions – bad behavior is not tolerated. FYI – the subject of politics is prohibited – lol!

Bawdy Bookworms is a quarterly box (Spring, Summer, Fall & Winter) and costs $34.95 per quarter + $6 shipping. If you want to try it out without a commitment, you can purchase a single box on the website. In addition, if you sign up for the newsletter with your email, you get a free e-book called “5 Steamy Book and Sex Toy Pairings For Your Pleasure Chest”. Just remember “Every Woman Deserves a Happy Ending”!

To get free shipping on your first box, use code CDMama!  I pay for my own subscription and I never accept compensation in exchange for a positive review. My opinions are honest and all mine.

Bawdy Bookworms Review, Spring 2016

So I was lucky enough to get in on the very first Bawdy Bookworms box! There are still a few of these boxes left if you are interested – the theme is “Bedazzled by a Brit”.

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It is shipped in a very discreet plain white box, so if you are worried about being found out, this is good. But I say OWN your guilty pleasures!

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The items come wrapped in black tissue paper, and tied with ribbon. I dig the black/hot pink color scheme.

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All the goodies!  The toys are in the big pink bag.

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A battery was sent for the toy! That is cool! This is a good thing for me because I am always out of batteries. Shut up.

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An insert comes in every box with lots of info about the items. Everything was themed really well!

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The Book: A Beautiful Secret, by Christina Lauren – Retail Value $16, (Amazon Price $10.19)

AN UPTIGHT BRITISH EXECUTIVE. AN ADVENTUROUS AMERICAN NEWBIE. A SEXY INTERNATIONAL SCANDAL IN THE MAKING.

New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Christina Lauren’s Beautiful and Wild Seasons series hook up in Beautiful Secret for an erotic intercontinental romp that celebrates the best of both worlds!

When Ruby Miller’s boss announces he’s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she’s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she’s professionally up to the task. The part that’s throwing her is where she’ll be spending a month up close and personal working alongside—and staying in a hotel with—Niall Stella, her firm’s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain Niall barely knows she’s alive…until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice.

Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there’s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it’s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they’ve built up fall down?

This is book #8 in the “Beautiful” series, but apparently they all stand alone in story. Some people don’t like to start in the middle of a series, but as long as it can be read by itself with a start/finish and no needed backstory, I’m good with it. Christina Lauren is an awesome writer, too.

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I especially like the review excerpt on the back from “Heroes and Heartbreakers”. Ha.

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Bijou Velvet Vibe: $24.95 ($15 Amazon), and ID Juicy Lube in Pina Colada: $1.70

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At first glance I wasn’t excited about this little vibe – I didn’t think it would pack enough of a punch for me. WRONG!  The little thing rocks! And it’s waterproof, too!!  Fits in your purse.  I’m just sayin’.

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Perfect companion for the vibe. Smells exactly like pina colada.

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I have recently started drinking tea, and this brand is pretty good! I didn’t get a close up photo of the shortbread cookies because I ate them right away.  Total for cookies and tea: $1.30

The total Retail Value of the box is $43.95, which is higher than the cost of the box with shipping, but if you go with Amazon prices it comes to $28.94 – not including the battery. HOWEVER, if you consider the tax/shipping you would pay on your own, then it would probably reach the cost of the box.  Either way, I’m pretty happy because it was like getting a gift in the mail and I didn’t have to shop or decide anything. Thumbs up for Bawdy Bookworm Box #1!

Bawdy Bookworms Review, Summer 2016

It seems like such a long wait after 3 months!  But that makes it all the more exciting, right? I wanted my box so bad that I changed my shipping date to earlier in the month.  I had previously ordered the first box at the end of the month, and Kim said if I wanted it earlier that I could re-do my account. So I did, and got it almost 2 weeks earlier.  Hooray! 🙂

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Jack, my little Cairn Terrier (terror) puppy, gets super excited about the boxes I receive and helps me open them. 😉  Since I started getting him his own box of doggy goodies, he now thinks ALL the boxes are for him…

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Box #2 is themed “Stranger Games Box”.  OOOH, I love it when things get strange…

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Really nicely done inserts. I like how there are websites listed for additional information on the products. Just in case you don’t know what Ben Wa balls are for. 😉

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I *love* this quarter’s box!!!

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The Book:  Slow Surrender, by Cecilia Tan – Retail Value $10 (Amazon $7.25)

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Book #1 of the “Struck By Lightning” series. This should make those of you tweaked out about starting with the first book in a series happy.

Excerpt from Amazon: (it gets 4 stars)

He pushes her sexual boundaries . . .

From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn’t known existed and nothing is off limits.

She aches for more . . .

What begins as an erotic game soon escalates to a power play that blurs the line between pleasure and pain. Even as she capitulates to James’s sensual demands, Karina craves more. She wants his heart, his soul. She wants his love . . . and she’ll break all the rules to get it.

I’ve wanted to read a Cecilia Tan book for awhile now, so YAY! I love darker erotica; especially with bondage.

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Look at this curious little black and red box!

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Ta-Da! Some pretty fucking fancy Ben Wa balls! This may be a little TMI, but after age 40, the good ol’ vag muscles aren’t what they used to be. For instance, if I cough or sneeze, I pee a little. Some women won’t admit this, but it happens to most all of us. Ben Wa balls will help strengthen your muscles down there – which is also good for sex. But really, I just don’t want to keep changing my panties.  Retail Value $15 (Amazon $10.32)

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This is a “Dona” candle – complete with pheromones! That means when you light it, everyone will want to get it on! It smells good, too, and adds that “romantic” ambiance if that is your thang. Retail Value $14.99

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These are the big items from the box, and I thought this made a nice photo. But there’s more!

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Another one of the ID Juicy Lubes, this time in “Cool Mint”. I love all things mint. When I go to the dentist, I ask for the mint toothpaste mixed with the chocolate toothpaste. I suppose you could do that with lube, too. Retail Value $1.70

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Super Rope Licorice! I totally get the theme here – the licorice represents “rope” for bondage – ha! Retail Value $1.39

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This was an “extra” that was added to my box for upping my ship date 2 weeks earlier. Gotta love extras! Note: if you purchase this single box, the U-Vibe will probably not be included.

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So, the Retail Value of the Summer box is $43.08 (not including my extra), which exceeds the cost of the box + shipping! Another win for Bawdy Bookworms!

Bawdy Bookworms Review, Fall 2016

Here we are again for round 3 of Bawdy Bookworms!  For Fall 2016, the theme is “Ride ‘Em Cowboy Box”! Love it!

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The sneaky plain white box!

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“Saddle up for a hard ride!”  This little tag with the twine is really cute (and perfect for the theme), and if you have read any of my other reviews, you know I am all about packaging.

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What a great box this is! It was such a hoot looking through all this stuff.

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The Book: Turn and Burn, by Lorelei James – Retail Value $15 ($10.99 Amazon)

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This is Book #5 in the “Blacktop Cowboys” series, but again it can stand alone in story. I have never read any Lorelei James books (or any cowboy smut for that matter), so I am excited to see what all the fuss is about! I hear great things, and it gets 4.5 stars on Amazon.  Here is the excerpt:

Tanna Barker is a world champion barrel racer. But her personal life has been less of a success, and she’s feeling adrift. After her mother’s unexpected death, her father has remarried, and sold the Texas ranch she called home. Now a rodeo injury has left the restless spitfire holed up in Muddy Gap, unsure what her next move should be.

Until she meets her match in a wild, wild cowboy

Veterinarian August Fletcher has always put his job first. He’s never found a woman who could handle his on-the-road lifestyle. But when sassy, sexy Tanna blows into town, he finally finds the woman of his fantasies. And there’s something between them, but she claims she’s been burned by love ’em and leave ’em road dogs before. How can Fletch prove that he’s in it for the long haul, and that their sizzling relationship is better than winning any rodeo medal? It’ll take some sweet persuasion to convince Tanna that Muddy Gap is where she belongs.

Cowboys are kinda hot, so this should be fun. 😉

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This month some bookmark swag was included!

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Here’s that PINK BAG again…the one that we are all waiting for…drum roll please….

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What in the hell is THAT thing??? LOL! I have pretty much seen it all, but this is new to me.

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It’s an Orny Vibe Ring! Retail Value $24.95, and it comes with batteries! All toys in the Bawdy Bookworm boxes come with batteries (even if the company doesn’t provide them, Kim will), which is a nice touch. This toy has multi-functions that can be used solo or with company.

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Nipple Nibblers, Retail Value $5.99 – use it wherever you want to be nibbled, or if you aren’t feelin’ it, it’s a great lip balm!

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Ride Dude Lube, Retail Value $2 for 2 travel packets. The name of this cracks me up. Apparently from what info I could gather online, this is some good lube. For some reason whenever I think of cowboys, that movie about the two gay dudes comes to mind and I recall some ‘spitting’ as lube, so I’m thinking that they could have benefited from these here packets!

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Brookside Dark Chocolate (Pomegranate and Acai/Blueberry Flavors), Retail Value $2 for 2 snack packs. Chocolate is ALWAYS a good thing and for me, it goes with any theme at all. Period.

This box has the highest Retail Value yet of $49.94! Even the ‘Amazon’ value exceeds the cost of the box with shipping at $45.93.  Wowzers!

So what do you think of Bawdy Bookworm’s first 3 boxes? Unless something horrible happens, I give most boxes 3 months to prove their worth, and then decide if I want to continue.  I will be continuing Bawdy Bookworms!

To get free shipping on your first box, use code CDMama!

Happy unboxing from CrazyDogMama!

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3 Comments

  • Donna Wong November 21, 2016 08.58 am

    I love your reviews. This one was no exception. This box does look like fun, I love reading erotic books but my own toys has been collecting dust in my drawer. Got to ask my boyfriend about how he feels toward using toys.

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  • crazydogmama September 28, 2016 12.18 pm

    Thank YOU, Kim!! Keep the great boxes coming!! 😉

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  • Thien-Kim September 28, 2016 11.02 am

    Thanks for such a fantastic review. I’m glad you’re enjoying the Bawdy Book Boxes!

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