ARC Review: XO, Blake by: Avery Aster


Xo, Blake

Author: Avery Aster

Release Date: May/June 9th, 2015

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 

Format: E-ARC

Rating: 1 star


For fans of the dark comedy BDSM film Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down comes an erotic exploration in domination and submission where Ivy League students let their naughtiest desires run wild…

If you think my besties Lex, Taddy, and Vive have had some bad luck earlier this year, cut to me at Glamorama. Last thing I remembered was dancing with Diego and Miguel from my English class, when the room started… spinning. And not in a good way! We got sick. Think Regan in The Exorcist. Taddy was rushed to the hospital. Holding on for dear life, I was carried out by the boys and taken back to their dorm.

Now I’m waking up in Diego’s bed and Miguel keeps staring at me from across the room. I’ve wanted to get into these dudes’ pants since the first day of class. But Diego told me he likes to be tied up and—wait for it—spanked. WTF! The news on TV reports that last night we all got roofied. And Vive just texted me saying that someone is out to kill her. Could this semester get any more bizarre? -–Blake Morgan, college freshman, gay best friend, virgin

The Undergrad Years is a new adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships.

~My Thoughts~

This one just was not good. I was excited to read about a gay man and his sexual adventures. Why? Because it’s diversity and why not? However, that didn’t really happen. There was no kinky fuckery. No real bdsm. There was one and I mean one time where one was tied up but no kinkiness went along with it. It was like vanilla sex plus being tied up. Who hasn’t tried being tied up? There was no submission or domanace in this one. It was mainly a telling of a party gone wrong in college and gay men trying to figure out who wants to be with who. I was very disappointed. I wanted the bdsm and the sub/dom adventures. I mean, if you are going to say that it is in the book you should probably put it in the book. That’s all I have to say. Just very disappointed.

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