Title: The Erotic Dark
Author: Nina Lane
Published: March 5, 2012
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars
* Synopsis *
SUBMISSION IS HER ONLY ESCAPE…
And punishment takes many forms. Seeking escape from her criminal past, a woman agrees to enslave herself to a trio of men who own an antiquated Louisiana plantation.
Known only as Lydia, she becomes controlled by three very different men – the malicious Preston, the inflexible Kruin, and the gentle Gabriel, all of whom introduce her to a world in which the lines between pleasure, pain and shame are irrevocably blurred. The plantation becomes both Lydia’s haven and her prison as she surrenders to the desires of her unholy trinity.
Lydia’s submission is fraught with tension and hunger, but what happens when the outside world enters her dark, anonymous sanctuary?
Author: Nina Lane
Published: May 1, 2014
Publisher: Snow Queen Publishing
Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars
* Synopsis *
SUBMISSION IS HER ONLY POWER…and her desperate means of control.
When Lydia is ordered to leave the haven of the Louisiana plantation known as La Nouvelle Vie, she thinks she is free from the twisted desires of her dark trinity. Yet as she struggles with the question of whether or not she even wants to be free, Lydia finds herself again submitting to the depraved demands of the obsessive Preston Severine.
AS IN THE EROTIC DARK, THIS BOOK CONTAINS GRAPHIC SCENES OF SPANKING, CANING, DUBIOUS CONSENT, ENFORCED SUBMISSION, AND EXPLICIT SEX.
Read only if these themes do not offend you!
* Robbie’s Review *
For ten years, she had skimmed the top until the money seemed to accumulate itself despite the luxuries in which she had indulged. Her anger at herself for having been discovered had been mitigated by knowledge that she needed to escape.
If you had committed a crime that would absolutely send you to prison, and if the evidence was incontrovertible and you were sure of conviction, and if you had an opportunity to disappear — not just get out of your just punishment, but disappear — would you take it even if it meant becoming the property of three men living a hedonistic lifestyle in a plantation known as La Nouvelle Vie? This is the question that forms the basis for the story line in Nina Lane’s book The Erotic Dark. Jane Worthington AKA Lydia is not an admirable woman. Although she comes from wealth and privilege, Jane decides to embezzle money from her employer. When she is caught, she takes advantage of a man who has been obsessed with her since childhood . . . one whom she knows has the power to make everything go away through his dubious connections. When Jane agrees to Preston Severine’s shocking proposition to become his property as well as Kruin’s and Gabriel’s in exchange for her disappearance, she can’t possibly know what awaits her behind the door of La Novelle Vie. The Erotic Dark is the story of how Jane becomes Lydia and finds herself the center of a dark and sensuous world where she functions at the whim of three very different men. The language of this book is lyrical, almost like a fantasy and the author uses it to seduce her readers so they are able to envision La Nouvelle Vie, home to every form of sensory and sensual delight, truly a “new life” for Lydia. As Lydia explores a side of herself she didn’t dream existed, we see her opening up like a budding flower and becoming an instrument to be played by her housemates.
“Ivy and oak,” Gabriel said. His fingers brushed over her forehead, stroking away a lock of hair. “Pliant and strong. Manageable and unyielding. Compliant, docile, but also inflexible. You must be both. You have to adapt and surrender, and yet no one can take from you an inner core of pure strength.”
Gradually Lydia comes to realize that she is at home in this new world and that she has never felt more alive than she does with her three men.
It was about becoming who her dark trinity wanted her to be, the woman she truly was deep inside. It was about finally realizing that she was —that she had always been—Lydia.
In The Erotic Light, Nina Lane poses another question: once having experienced an idyllic existence at LA Nouvelle Vie with its sensual, dreamlike quality and erotic atmosphere, will Lydia be able to return to being Jane? Having fallen a bit in love with the brooding Kruin, beautiful Gabriel and even the cruel and mercurial Preston, Lydia suffers a bit from “Stockholm Syndrome” and is appalled when she finds she is being returned to the care of her family where she must make restitution for her crimes under the watchful eye of her domineering father.
The intensity of the past three months had obliterated her previous life of corporate power and crime, her identity as a fierce businesswoman, her role as the successful daughter of a politician father and philanthropist mother. All of that had slipped away like pieces of torn silk when she had first stepped into the plantation house and disrobed in front of the three men.
To be perfectly honest, had I been the author I might have exchanged the titles of these two books because I found The Erotic Dark to be light with its air of whimsical eroticism despite the fact that Jane/Lydia is captive to the three men. The Erotic Light, on the other hand, with its revelations of the characters’ back stories, the cold indifference of Jane’s family home and the growing madness and obsession of Preston, was very dark. The characters in these books are not nice people and I found it interesting that I actually enjoyed reading a book where I didn’t really like anybody. There is, however, redemption of sorts for some characters, an HEA, whether deserved or not, for others, and an ending that will leave the mouths of most readers hanging open and pondering their powers of prediction. Congratulations to Nina Lane on another intriguing and evocative story!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author. I was not paid to read or review this book. All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.
Purchase Link for The Erotic Dark: Amazon
Purchase Link for The Erotic Light: Amazon
If you can’t get enough of this two books. . .
Read Debbie’s review of The Erotic Dark Here!
Read Debbie’s review of The Erotic Light Here!
* About the Author *
USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances and spicy erotica. Originally from California, she loves traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Nina also spent many years in graduate school studying art history and library sciences.
Although she would go back for another degree if she could because she’s that much of a bookworm, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer. Nina’s novel The Erotic Dark hit #1 on Amazon’s Erotica Bestseller list.