The Initiation of Ms. Holly Paperback – Jan 3 2011
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About the Author
K D Grace lives in Surrey. Her erotica is published with Xcite Books, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Cleis Press, and others.
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Once she's home, she wants to find him again. Her roommate playfully texts him, pretending to be Rita, and he texts her back that he'd like to see her again. They arrange to meet at The Mount, an exclusive club that is rumored to be a sex club. Rita is excited to be invited, and once there she's overwhelmed by the opulence and sexuality of the place. She soon learns that there are rules, and if she wants to be with Edward, she must follow them. If she is well-behaved, she'll be invited to become a member, at which time she will be able to see Edward's face. In the meantime, she must go through an initiation period with each of the members.
I'm going to be up front, I did not finish this book. I like reading erotica, but for me there was just too much sex. I like sex in my books - lots of it. But The Initiations of Ms. Holly wore me down. I read 74% of the book before I set it down for good. I think I would have enjoyed this book much more if it had been a collection of short stores instead of one long one.
There was also no real character development - what is the basis of the attraction between the main characters? I know she eventually decides she's doing it as an expose for her magazine, but it doesn't feel true - this reader knows she's doing it for Edward. Why does Vivian, the Mistress of the Mount, hate Rita so much? Why does Edward want Rita so much that he'll endure whatever Vivian dishes out? Halfway through, Rita's mother becomes an issue - she's stalking Rita? It was a bit too much to throw into the plot. I also found the word the author used for her sexy bits - a "pout" - to be distracting. I've never heard that expression; I asked on twitter and checked urban dictionary but couldn't find anything. (I am still curious about where it came from if anyone knows)
The sex in The Initiations of Ms. Holly was very steamy - if you're looking for a very sexy read this might be a good choice; it was just not a good book for me.
Set in the present day, I was pleasantly surprised at how seamlessly the use of modern technology was incorporated into what is one of the classic naughty-book tropes (sex club of the rich and infamous). KD Grace did an excellent job of providing just enough familiar touchstones to bring the reader in - and the story and the sex scenes are well - balanced and peculiarly plausible. This is fantasy, to be sure, but Grace made it realistic enough to have me wondering just *what does go on* behind certain facades.
The scenes are never crude, though quite explicit. Refreshing!