4 Star and 3 Star Review for Top to Bottom by Delphine Dryden #FF #BDSM @deldryden

CoverTitle: Top to Bottom
Author Name & Publisher: Delphie Dryden (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: July 18, 2016 – 162 pgs

Synopsis

Drusilla Stasevich wants to leave the past behind and start the next chapter of her life. Returning to her hometown to open her dream kink club, Escape, seems like the perfect solution. But it can be tricky making dreams come true—especially when the person you want to share them with isn’t around anymore.

Amie Templeton is no stranger to tough times. She’s learned to make it on her own, and doesn’t do relationships outside the kink world. When her ex Dru moves back to town, old feelings surface. But that’s fine, right, since Dru has just opened the hottest new kink club in town?

Dru and Amie want to get the distracting spark between them out of their systems. Instead, their intense play sessions fan that spark into a flame. As if Dru didn’t have enough on her plate, an anonymous saboteur threatens to push her new club out of business. It will take the help of everybody at Escape to set things right again, and a lot of trust for Dru and Amie to start working toward a new life together.

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FourStars

This is the story of Amie and Dru, two women we first meet in Mara’s story, The Unicorn. In The Unicorn, Amie was the Domme who couldn’t give Mara the complete relationship that she wanted, and Dru was the club owner who matched Mara with the couple she became involved with. In Top to Bottom, we learn why Amie and Mara didn’t work. Amie has a whole lot of baggage. We find out that Dru is recovering from loss, and that Dru and Amie have a past. That past comes into play when Dru asks Amie for some business help, and the two women realize that they still have a lot of chemistry together. The scenes they had were hot, and it was nice to watch Amie start to realize that vanilla wasn’t necessarily a bad word when it was done with someone she trusted. There’s a subplot of sabotage that threatens their budding relationship, but once Amie calms down enough to realize that she has possibly overreacted to something Dru said, it clears the way for some honest communication, and possibly the route to happiness for them both. A very enjoyable read.

Amy P.

ThreeStar

I must admit I found this novel a little perplexing. At first I thought it was a beginners guide to S and M. Then perhaps a mystery. Finally I settled on a love story that eventually  succeeded between two strong women.
Not sure it should be classed  as erotica, especially as the conclusion almost verged on the normal regarding the women’s relationship.
Easy to read and interesting in parts.
However personally I found the whole thing a little chaotic and rather arbitrary.
Chris

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After earning two graduate degrees, practicing law awhile, and then working for the public school system for over ten years, I finally got a clue. I tossed all that aside and started doing what I should have been doing all along, writing novels! In hindsight I could see the decision was a no-brainer.

I’m fortunate to have two wonderful, absurdly precocious children and two delightful if occasionally disobedient mutts. My family and I are all Texas natives, and reside in unapologetic suburban bliss near Houston.

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