Author: Nina Lane
Genre: Erotic BDSM Romance
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?
I discovered Nina Lane when I happened upon her truly gorgeous Spiral of Bliss trilogy – she really is a purveyor of elegant smut and that particular trio of books ranked and still ranks amongst my top reads of all time so I was delighted to discover that Nina had dived into the relatively murky waters of darkish erotica before she began the Spiral of Bliss trilogy and written a hidden little gem – The Erotic Dark.
The story centres around a woman (we’ll call her Lydia although that’s not her real name) – Lydia has embezzled some money and has pretty much picked herself up a one way ticket to jail. Her only chance of avoiding doing time is to disappear completely and the slightly strange and now alarmingly rich Preston Sevine, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks of her childhood, offers her just that option. But, of course, this doesn’t come without conditions. Along with his two housemates, Gabriel and Kruin, she must submit to their every sexual desire – when they want her, however they want her.
It’s deliciously dirty as all three of these men satisfy their fairly dark urges on Lydia who finds herself falling under their spell and relishing the peace away from the world that her enforced captivity has provided. Preston is strange, edgy and has been obsessed with Lydia since their childhood and he’s darkly sadistic and not fond of sharing. Kruin is dark, enigmatic and hard to please and only the gentle Gabriel offers her some kind of tenderness.
This really is high quality smut – highly titillating and very compelling. I found myself glued to the pages and desperate to move quickly onto book two, The Erotic Light, after finished the first book.
There’s a considerable gap in time between Nina writing these two books and I think you can tell – the first book really just is pure smut. Very enjoyable smut but smut none the less – it also uses quite flowery language to describe the sex scenes and the parts involved (!) and often it reminded me a little of that outrageous piece of Georgian porn, Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.
It definitely feels like a more experienced hand has taken the reins of the second one and it’s far more romantic and moves us on from pure smut to real plot development as the story moves away from a captive situation to a more classic romance. I’m not telling you which of these three men Lydia ends up with but be prepared for plenty of twists an shocking plot developments.
I very much enjoyed both of these – Nina really is one of my faves – I found myself really rather addicted and couldn’t wait to get back to these books once I had had to put them down. So, it’s a fantastic piece of erotica and erotic romance. Definitely a recommended read.
“You are under our protection," Preston said. "And we will not hurt you unless you have earned a punishment through disobedience. At the moment, you are clearly in need of a bit of discipline to remind you that you have chosen to be here.”
Lydia swallowed hard, her eyes flashing with a rising bubble of rage that threatened to burst forth. Preston’s hand slipped down underneath her bottom, splaying over her upper thighs and cupping the fleshy cushions in his palms. His groin brushed against her bare buttocks in a movement edged with lecherous enjoyment.
“Come, love. Kruin will do the honors.”
Nervously, Lydia’s gaze slipped to Kruin. His dark eyes watched her with a hint of dislike and coldness, his body as rigidly unyielding as the high-backed oak chair on which he sat. Lydia wrapped her arms around herself and shivered.
“Lydia.” Kruin’s deep voice echoed in the room. “Come here.”
Of the three of them, even Preston knew Kruin was the most difficult to disobey. Lydia walked across the room slowly, as if she knew what he would do to her yet unable to prevent it. At his instruction, she settled over his hard thighs, wincing when he lifted her skirt and arranged it with almost meticulous care over the expanse of her back.
A smile curved Preston’s lips. He settled into his chair. Lydia’s back arched forward in a graceful bow, her hipbones pressing against the top of Kruin’s thigh.
How Preston adored seeing her like this, reduced to being the recipient of a punishment as base as a spanking. Her pale buttocks quivered, as if trembling with dread for the discomfort that would surely result from Kruin’s large hand.
Preston shifted, feeling his penis start to expand at the thought of Lydia’s anxiety. Oh, how he wished he could be the one to administer her first punishment. He would love to feel her helpless weight over his muscular thighs, the growing furnace of her buttocks as he rained his palm over the smooth cheeks until they glowed and burned with the rosy evidence of his control.
All in good time, Preston reminded himself, still unable to prevent the stab of envy when Kruin landed the first loud slap on Lydia’s rounded backside.
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.