Book Review – Twenty Tones of Red – Pauline Montford

“I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”… is what I told myself after reading the first few pages of this book. This is BDSM erotica and while I’ve always proclaimed myself an enthusiast, I quickly realized I was out of my depth. Think Master/slave, pony play and water sports… seriously you should have seen my eyes as I read this book. And yet I read on with some sort of morbid curiosity…

So what’s it about? This is the story of Siobhan. Siobhan has always felt different and it has nothing to do with her red hair. Since she was young, she loved being tied up while playing with her friends. As she grew up, she became more and more curious about bondage which eventually led her to discovering BDSM. She dated a little but it wasn’t until she met David did she enter into a Master/slave relationship. But the path of true love doesn’t run smooth. And hers was no exception.

I’ll start by saying that this was a full on journey. In fact the title could be changed to “BDSM 101′ and the content would remain the same. We got to see Siobhan discovering herself, her sexual preferences… we saw her seeking out the kind of relationship she wanted, we saw her struggles and in the end we saw her happiness. It was an incredibly sweet story if you overlook the shock moments. And the shock moments were there. Again, this is because I’m uncomfortable with things like pony play and many aspects of a Master/slave relationship. Siobhan wanted to be a slave, she wanted to clean and cook and worship feet and be whipped and eat like an animal (you know, lapping from a dish on the ground)… well you get the drift…

I love BDSM erotica and dark erotica so I didn’t think much could shock me but I was wrong. I wasn’t shocked in the way dark erotica shocks me. I feel as though dark erotica is mostly mind play and that, I enjoy. But reading this, I realized that I have only scratched the surface of BDSM erotica. I’ve read books with needle play and blood play, and both make me physically flinch as I read… and after this book, I’ve added a few more things to the ‘makes me flinch’ pile … I don’t mean to judge but…. man!

[Comfort Zone] ——————————————————————–> [me].

Initially I thought the book was overly descriptive and I knew I’d quit at some point. At 70% I realized I was still at it. The writing was well done, there were even jokes… yes jokes! A bit corny (and I think that was the idea) but I found myself smiling…. then back to shock at their BDSM play…

And just when I think okay wow, that was a weirdly interesting book, it becomes sweet. The part where we realize the reason for the title… so sweet… and steamy 😉 And in the end it is a love story. A sweet one at that. Overall, I quite liked the book… in fact, I know if you really enjoy the deeper aspects of BDSM and particularly Master/slave relationships, you will love this book.

3 stars

Amazon Buy Link: Twenty Tones of Red by Pauline Montford

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Finally I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.

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4 Responses to Book Review – Twenty Tones of Red – Pauline Montford

  1. Karen says:

    i was shocked by some of the things in this book, but still loved it. This book is one of the most hardcore BDSM books i’ve read. Hard to believe these things actually go on, but they do. “Different strokes” and all that.

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