The Deep End by Kristen Ashley; Review & Tour

The Deep End by Kristen Ashley; Review & TourThe Deep End by Kristen Ashley
Series: The Honey Series
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 7th, 2017
Genres: BDSM, Erotica
Pages: 454

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one's darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.


She slid out of the booth with murmurings of “good night” and “have fun,” taking her stiletto-heeled-sandal-shod feet with the will of steel her mother had begun the process of instilling in her and her training as a Domme had completed.
She could not have her legs give out on her and she could not expose her nervous anticipation.
And she wouldn’t.
But, God, she had not felt like this in years. That sub she’d spied or she’d had who was so promising or such a transcendent experience to play with that she could barely control her own reactions to exploring that promise or again feeling the wholeness, togetherness, oneness with another.
She moved in his direction, no game playing. She didn’t even glance at Stellan in his booth.
Amélie didn’t participate in those games, not ever. There was no reason for her to be coy with a sub.
And she moved with the gait and bearing that it was solely her mother who’d ingrained in her in the sporadic times they’d had together, doing it with an unrelenting fervor that it would take the threat of death to force her to move any other way.
Chin up. Shoulders straight and slightly back. A sway of her hips so subtle, it was elusive. Long, confident strides.
Amélie could walk a catwalk.
She could also make a specimen she was approaching get so hard his cock was aching by the time she made it to him.
She hadn’t even gone halfway when he sensed her approach and she was gratified that his response was instantaneous.
He pushed from the wall. He turned fully to face her. And she felt his eyes drop not with the respect a sub owed a Domme, but to take her in from sandals to hair.
Then his gaze locked on hers and he didn’t look away.
He didn’t look away.
He watched her approach not like he was taking the risky liberty he was taking but like it was his God-given right.
Amélie felt her clit quiver.
She arrived at him, stopping several feet away, knowing that the minute her body language made it clear she was going in for the capture, most eyes in the room, if not all, were on her.
She did not care about this. Not that she’d ever care about this (which she wouldn’t), but because, now close to him, she found to her enchanted surprise, he was not big.
He was colossal.
A mighty beast.
A magnificent beast.
He was not six foot five. He was six-six, more likely six-seven. A mountain of compacted muscle encased in a very fine, very expensive suit.
Taking him in, in proximity, she wanted him more than she’d already wanted him. She wanted no boundaries. She wanted everything. Her diverse skill set, experience, imagination, creativity, and if it came down to it, sheer determination and grit, she’d utilize it all to wring him dry in a way he’d contemplate murder in order to have the opportunity to come back for more.
She was on the verge of speaking when he did.
His direct gaze appreciative, and arrogant smile curving his full lips, he asked, “How you doin’ sweetheart?”
She froze.
Full eye contact. Speaking without being spoken to. Using an unconsented and unearned endearment.
The already damp gusset of her panties soaked to the point her wet crept up the silk of her front and back sides.
But her brows snapped together, her censure clear, and her lips ordered, “Follow me.”

Casey Says….

Wowzer……. I am a bit unsure still today (weeks later) of where to go with this review. I have sat on it and sat on it, just overall unsure what to say. Did I enjoy The Deep End…YES absolutely, however it isn’t quiet that simple (though some would disagree and think, it should be as simple as that). It is not even close to what you would expect from Kristen Ashley, with that being said- no ones artistic creativity should ever be limited. I went into this book thinking I was getting typical KA- I know I know, we were forwarned. But But But….. I still thought- It’s KA, it can’t be that far off the mark…………. yeah- NO……. it wasn’t only off the mark it was out of the stratosphere (though not in a bad way)!!

I still caught many peeks of her typical alpha in the main character Olivier’s personality. He was still very very much a mans man, just simply one that knew what he wanted when it came to his sexual nature and did not shy from it. He was simply just who and what he is, he knows what he likes and does not let his masculinity get in the way of getting it. He plays the role that he knows he is into, but he is still very much the man (alpha) that he is. Our heroine Amelie is confident and totally in control but there were a few times where I simply just didn’t understand where she was coming from. Their relationship didn’t allow for a slow burn of falling for one another because the majority of the book was scene after scene. Knowing this going in, I can still enjoy it for what it is, just don’t go in expecting what you have gotten from KA in the past because it is not what your going to get.  I know many people will want to shy away from the whole male submissive, thinking there is no way it can be pulled off- especially by the QUEEN of alphas but, trust me- it’s something your going to want to read.

I won’t get into the meat of the book for a review, I think going in blind and what everyone seems to already know about the book is plenty. I also won’t ever be able to star rate it- there are just to many mixed emotions about the book itself. I am interested to see what she does with the next book in this series and now having a little more idea of what to expect, I really think I will enjoy it even more than The Deep End.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.