Risqué Reads Reviews, January – April 2017

Hey there all you smut lovers, it’s time to review the last 4 months of Risqué Reads! This is one of my all-time favorite book boxes!

Risqué Reads is a monthly book box of steamy, adult reads. Here are the details straight from their site:

Every month you’ll receive two erotic books from your chosen genre—plus a special surprise to make reading more fun and exciting. That’s hours of sexy entertainment for only $10.99. Save with a 6-month subscription ($60) or an annual subscription ($110). Each month we’ll send your subscription box in a discreet package straight to your doorstep.

Yes, it is only $10.99 a month for two brand new books and a goodie! You can also skip any month you like with a quick press of a button. Shipping cost me $4 in California, so my total each month is $14.99. Not including the extra(s), that’s $7.50 a book! You can choose a genre (and change it any time): Erotic Romance, Fantasy, or Obedience. NOTE: This is the ONLY book box that offers the genre “Obedience”!  (My favorite!) Also, they currently ship to the US and Canada only.

I am not a Risqué Reads affiliate, and I pay for my boxes. Please note that sometimes I do receive boxes to review, but I *never* accept compensation in exchange for a positive review. All of my reviews are my honest personal opinions and contain my own photography (unless otherwise stated).

Risqué Reads Review, January 2017

The promised ‘discreet’ box – a plain old white box disguising all the debauchery!

Sometimes the packing inside gets to me all nice and intact, and sometimes it seems the mail people play softball with my boxes. This month wasn’t too bad, the tissue paper was a little rumpled, but the items were all good.

Surrender by Tawny Taylor – Retail Value $15 ($7.99 Amazon)

I love the cover art on this book! I know it’s ridiculous, but to me, that can impact how much I want to read a book. They say not to judge a book by it’s cover, but I totally DO! I can’t help it, aesthetics are important to me.

Amazon Excerpt:

I was his.
To touch.
Any time he wanted.

Abby is ready to agree to anything to stop her brother from going to prison, but Kameron Maldondo, the owner of MalTech Corporation, is asking for the unexpected. Enthralled by his commanding brilliance, she agrees to be his assistant, at his beck and call for whatever he needs–whenever and however he wants. What that means is for him to decide and for her to submit to. Frightened yet fascinated by what he promises, Abby becomes a willing captive to his caress, undone by his peerless touch, a quivering submission to an aching need for complete carnal surrender…

The description sounded right up my alley, but for some reason this book had a lot of mixed reviews. That happens with erotica. Now that I am about half way through it though, I have to say my impressions are good so far! It will all depend on the ending for me, but so far I’m liking it a lot – really fun and steamy sex scenes! Being that I read a lot of smut, the same old sex scenes over and over and over again get boring, so when an author gets ‘creative’, I’m sold!

The Exhibitionist (The Submission Series Book 6) by Tara Sue Me – Retail Value $15 (Amazon $10)

Again, great cover art! Is it just me, or does that flower seem a bit suggestive? It totally reminds me of that episode of “Everyone Loves Raymond” where Ray’s mom creates a very suggestive art sculpture. LOL!

Amazon excerpt:

She’s ready for even more.…

When Abby West discovered her submissive desires, she felt like she was born anew. But lately, her Dominant husband hasn’t been the demanding Master who once fulfilled her every passion. Abby begins to crave something else—and to wonder if Nathaniel can still push her past her boundaries to the places she craves.

Nathaniel knows that Abby belongs to him completely, but even he can’t ignore the pleasure on her face as they get to know their new BDSM group. They’ve invited Nathaniel to guide their group to a new level, and he’s promised to show them the way, even as he recommits to fulfilling his beautiful submissive wife’s every desire. Only this time, uncovering her sexual limits may also expose their relationship to more conflict than it can withstand.…

Tara Sue Me is a great erotica author; one of my favs. Her ‘Submission’ series is incredible! They are mostly standalone books, so you can read them in any order and not be confused. That used to bug me, but I had to get over it because book boxes tend to send them in random order. I have not read this one yet, so I was stoked to get a copy!

Nest Fragrances Sicilian Tangerine Bath Bar – Retail Value $2

You can never go wrong with soap or chocolate with me! And Nest Fragrances products are awesome! This is a cute little soap bar and it is perfect for travel. It is hard to find online, so I was delighted to get it!

The total Retail Value for this month was $32 (Amazon $19.99) – either way the value is there! So what do you think of January’s box?  I loved it per usual!

Risqué Reads Review, Februay 2017

Look at how pristine the box/tissue is this month!!  I was astounded.

This was a great Valentines Day box!  It wasn’t specifically for V-Day; this was just the regularly scheduled box, but it definitely fit the bill! Note: There are two books in there – one is underneath the DVD. 🙂

They always send a nice note or quote on their insert card.  And chocolate this month!  Wheeeee! That lasted all of 5 minutes after opening the box. I had to hurry up and take photos so I could eat it. 🙂

Slow Surrender by Cecilia Tan – Retail Value $10 (Amazon $9.36)

Amazon excerpt:

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.

This was a duplicate for me (Whaa!) from Bawdy Bookworms, but that’s OK because I swapped it for a different one on My Subscription Addiction Swaps. I did a review of this book here, if you are interested!

Topping from Below by Laura Reese – Retail Value $15.99 (Amazon $10.17)

Amazon excerpt:

An explosive, erotic novel about two sisters, each of whom embarks upon a voyage into the heart of evil and a game with a seductive man who knows no rules or limits. Only one returns.

Successful, attractive, and in control, Nora seemed so different from her shy, terribly vulnerable younger sister. Grieving for Franny, Nora reads her diary and is stunned when it reveals a secret sadomasochistic affair with a mysterious professor known only as M. Nora vows to seek justice for the sister she never really knew and undertakes a daring scheme to seduce this lethal and manipulative man in the hope of uncovering information about the murder. Instead, she finds herself in thrall to his bizarre sexual magnetism, trapped in a passion so dark and perverse, and yet so compelling, that she is willing to risk her life. And she is in danger, although it may be from someone much closer to her than M., someone so close she might not see it until it is too late.

With an ending as startling as it is haunting, Topping From Below is unlike any novel you’re ever read. Ever.

NICE!  An erotic novel that is also a murder mystery/thiller! Sign me up!!! Excited to read this one. One thing I really enjoy about Risqué Reads is that they subject me to new authors and books I didn’t even know existed! Love it!

Sex and the City DVD (Widescreen Edition) – Retail Value $5.99 (Amazon $4.99)

Amazon excerpt:

For too long, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) had been looking for love in all the wrong places…but in all the right shoes. In this much anticipated movie event, Carrie, Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) are back, four years after the hit TV series ended. As they continue to juggle career, relationships, motherhood and life in Manhattan, the girls realize that more than ever, true friendship never goes out of style.

OK, so you may think I’ve been living under a rock or something, but I’ve never seen even one episode of “Sex and the City”, nor have I ever seen one of the movies. I know.  But now I have the movie and get to find out what all the fuss is about! 😉 I’m super excited that this was the added bonus this month!

There you have it! The total Retail Value of this month’s box is $31.98 (Amazon $24.52). I am always impressed that the value of these boxes even exceeds Amazon pricing! They have a customer for life, I’m thinking! Please don’t close….please don’t stop!

Risqué Reads Review, March 2017

Upon opening, the March box smelled really, REALLY good!

I second that!

On the flip side of the insert was advertising for their other companies. I also subscribe to “My Thrill Club” which includes two thriller/horror novels + DVD each month!  I will be doing reviews shortly for that one.

Asking For It by Lilah Pace – Retail Value $15 (Amazon $9.50)

Amazon excerpt:

“This is who I am. This is what I want. Now I need a man dangerous enough to give it to me.”

Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.

Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker…

Reader Advisory: Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised. 

Lilah Pace is a new-to-me author, and I must say, the description is RIGHT UP MY ALLEY! I am very twisted girl (woman!) and with that comes books about dark and twisted sex. If the novel delivers, Lilah Pace will soon have a large space on my bookshelf!

Naughty Bits by Joey W. Hill – Retail Value $16 (Amazon $11.28)

Amazon excerpt:

To better serve the customers of her lingerie shop, Madison must explore the pleasures of giving up control…
After inheriting her sister’s North Carolina lingerie shop, Naughty Bits, Madison jumps at the chance to dump her boring finance career and try her luck down South. But even before Madison can settle in, she catches the attention of the owner of the neighboring hardware store. Sexually dominant Logan Scott recognizes a submissive when he sees one. And what he sees, he wants.

He presents her with three very tempting gifts—handcuffs, erotic cards, and an open invitation to start her sexual training. She has to accept. After all, how can she hope to sell fantasies to lingerie customers without embracing her own? Now, she’s about to discover just how far her fantasies can take her—and how far Logan will go to make every one of them come true.

I am a big fan of Joey W. Hill!  She is an incredible erotic novelist, and I’m so thrilled to finally be receiving this book! I’ve wanted to read it for awhile, so hooray!! I’m not the only one who loves her books – they always get 4 or 5 star ratings on Amazon and great reviews from other authors and book reviewers, too. Tell me, does this not sound like a great read?? Can you imagine getting an invitation for sexual training from a handsome dominant?!? LOL!

Hart’s Handmade Sea Salt Soak – Retail Value $3? (I couldn’t find an exact match on their website, but based on size/similarity I’m guessing about $3)

I know everyone has their own preferences when it comes to scents and fragrances, but this bath soak is DELICIOUS smelling!! It permeated through the box, and when I put it in my bathroom, I could smell it all the way downstairs! I love all spa-related products and take baths at least twice a week – sometimes more! I either read in the bath, or light candles and drink wine. If you don’t do this, start NOW! I don’t care how busy you are, this is a must. A command, if you will! Tee-hee!!

And that’s March! This is probably my favorite Risqué reads box thus far! The box has a total Retail Value of $34 ($23.78 Amazon) – which is great for a $10.99 box ($14.99 with shipping)! If you figure in that even on Amazon you are at least going to pay sales tax + possibly shipping if you aren’t a Prime member, then that makes the value of this box even higher! I love it so much.

Risqué Reads Review, April 2017

I spared you the plain white box photos on the last two reviews – but you’re getting one again now because I felt like it.  Hehe.

MORE SEA SALT SOAK!!!  I could smell it coming up to my door on delivery day!! Happy-Happy -Joy-Joy!!

I got a new packer this month – Jordan instead of Sue!  I hope it’s because they are hiring a bunch of new people due to the large amount of new subscribers they have because of my reviews!  Bah-HA!

Look at that beautiful pile of guilty pleasures!

The Master (The Submission Series Book 8) by Tara Sue Me – Retail Value $15 ($8.93 Amazon)

Amazon excerpt:

Tara Sue Me’s New York Times bestselling Submissive series continues with a delicious new story that explores the thin line between pleasure and pain. . . .
She’s ready to try again. . . .

Sasha Blake is scarred from a BDSM session gone wrong, but she can’t deny how much a strong Master turns her on. Determined to overcome her fears and rejoin the Partners in Play community, she asks Abby and Nathaniel West to set her up with a Dom who can help her feel safe again as a sub. They know the very experienced Cole is exactly the kind of man who can push all of Sasha’s buttons—and she soon wants to go much faster than she had planned. . . .

Cole knows that Sasha is not the kind of submissive he needs. He wants someone who will serve him 24-7, not a part-time partner. Still, the further they go into their play, the more Cole begins to wish he could make Sasha his all the time. . . .

When forbidden desires turn into scorching action, Sasha and Cole come face-to-face with their demons—and realize their scorching relationship might be too dangerous to last. . . .

I’ve told you before I’m a big Tara Sue Me fan, so I am always thrilled to get a book by her! I haven’t read this one yet, either, so bonus! This series of books has a continuing storyline with recurring characters, but they can be read as a standalone too, so not to worry. Any book with the term “Master”, “Dominant” or “Submissive” in the title is *always* on my list to read! If you haven’t jumped on the BDSM bandwagon yet, (book-wise), I really do encourage you to explore it. It’s really fun, and a great detour from regular vanilla erotica. 😉

Desire’s Edge by Eden Bradley – Retail Value $15 (Amazon $14.98)

Amazon excerpt:

One woman discovers the freedom of giving in to desire in the latest from the author of Pleasure’s Edge.

Sexual dominant Dante De Matteo knew Kara Crawford back in high school, but he never imagined her darkest fantasies would align so perfectly with his.
When Dante lands a job at Kara’s law firm, intense desire draws them closer while deep-rooted fears threaten to pull them apart- unless they can embrace both the pain and pleasure of love.

Yep, another one that I’m excited to read! Eden Bradley is a new author to me, so we’ll she how she does! This book gets 4 stars on Amazon.

Hart’s Handmade Sea Salt Soak and Beeswax Balm – Retail Value $6? (I couldn’t find an exact match on their website, but based on size/similarity I’m guessing about $3 for the bath soak and $3 for the small jar of lip balm).

I was excited to get not one, but TWO extra goodies this month! Oh happy day! As I stated in the previous review, the smell of the bath soak is fabulous, and after using the other one I can honestly report that it left my body feeling soft & supple! I’m in love with all things made with Pink Himalayan Salt! Also, Hart’s Handmade had their own subscription box with a mission to save the bees! I’m considering trying one of their boxes. If you have tried a box – let me know how you like it!!

So that wraps up April! The total Retail Value of this box is $36 (Amazon $29.91). Another awesome value! All their boxes exceed even the Amazon prices, and I couldn’t be happier with their choices in books. Don’t worry if you aren’t into whip & chains, they have other genres to pick from! But me? I’m a bondage girl all the way!!

So what do you think of Risqué Reads? Are you sold? Drop me a line and maybe we can become smut-buddies! I gotta go – I have a TON of reading to do!

Ta-ta darlings!

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