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4 and 3.5 Stars for The Unicorn (Escape #2) by Delphine Dryden #F/M/F #BDSM @DelDryden


Title: The Unicorn  (Escape #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Delphine Dryden (Riptide Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: February 22nd 2016- 143 pages


Delia and Daniel have a picture-perfect life. They like their jobs. They love their house. Everything is coming up roses . . . but in private, they’d rather have the thorns. Their recent forays into kink have brought them closer than ever, but there’s still something missing, and they can’t quite work it out.

Mara knows what she’s missing: a significant other. She tried vanilla, and it was a total bust. But when she and her last girlfriend took things out of the kink club and into the “real” world, they fizzled. Even their friendship is on the rocks now. Mara feels like a lost stray, looking for a forever home.

When the three of them meet up at the brand-new club Escape, their connection is instant. And surprising—none of them were expecting more than a few hot nights. But now they might be ready to bring their kinky threesome into the light of day and build a life together.

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Hmmm… I don’t really know where to start with this review.  I just couldn’t really get behind the story.  I liked the married couple and how willing they were to try new things, but felt that both Delia and Daniel expected so much right out of the gate to their new adventure – it seemed forced and unrealistic.  Delia was almost critical of Daniel, which in turn, undermined his ability to grow as her Dom.
Then you throw in Mara.  She is struggling to find her place in the world of BDSM and while she does have a Domme whom she has played with often – it is most certainly not working for either of them any longer.   What made me dislike this pair is that Amie played with Mara knowing that they would not receive benefit – either of them.  That seems irresponsible.
The three of them, for me didn’t have great chemistry.  It was almost that Mara and Daniel had chemistry and then Delia was just thrown in there.  I would have liked more interaction between Daniel and Mara – it seemed that they could have developed a great connection.  For me, Dryden wanted to force a connection between the subs, Mara and Delia – it just wasn’t really there.
Overall, I just could not get in to this story.  It was strange and seemed too young or juvenile to really work for me.

This is a story about beginnings. Daniel and Delia are beginning to put kink into their marriage, Mara is beginning to despair of ever finding a relationship outside the club, Escape is beginning a new BDSM club in the city. There are a lot of beginnings here, and at the end of the book, we are left at the beginning of the next part of the relationship between the three characters. I liked the story. I liked how we got to find out how each person felt, and how each person hoped for the start of something new with the three of them. It’s hard to be satisfied with that though. The story ends on a note of hope, but I almost want more. It just seems like they all made themselves vulnerable, and I want to see that pay off.

I did like the scenes in the club. I liked how the author made Daniel a Dom without making him an arrogant ass. And the scenes were hot as well. Very good job all around. A delicious book.

Amy P


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