When university lecturer Hazel Jones takes the most popular of her female environmental-science students as a lodger, she is expecting a procession of attractive men to follow. What she doesn't expect is Tiggy's diary to be left out every day. Knowing what her lodger gets up to, she is unable to resist reading it. It's not quite what she expects, and the revelations quickly lead her down a path she never expected to take.
©2007 Monica Belle; (P)2007 Virgin Books Ltd
"Written especially for women so will hit the right buttons." (Maxim)
I didn't know that a frankly erotic book could have a proper plot, and be funny and satirical, until I listened to this one.
The central character is appealing and outrageously libidinous; she has plenty of sex both real and imagined, and displays modest but real character development.
I loved the gentle fun poked at the save-the-planet brigade, so earnest in their political correctness that they even censor their own sexual fantasies.
And the hilarious comic twist at the end had me chuckling at odd moments for days.
I thought it was very well read, too. The peripheral characters are pretty stock: twee Scotswoman, uncompromising activist speaking broad Estuarine, ageing Cambridge don, City millionaire; but so convincingly delivered you almost don't notice how two-dimensional the author has made them. Some American listeners may find the accents take getting used to.
I went back to Audible looking for another book by the same author but drew a blank. Who knows? maybe soon.
NOT your typical Phd professor! Creative fantasies abound from a constantly aroused female, tantalizing imaginations that are rewarded in unexpected ways. The English setting and accent took a few minutes for this Yank to fully understand...but rewind and listen again - you'll do it a lot anyway just to enjoy the scenes one more time! Deliciously kinky and delightfully detailed.
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
The best thing about this book is its ability to intelligently raise the issue of the social bondage that can arise from the 'sensitivity' of today's liberated male. (The heroine's first boyfriend refuses sex play because he finds it insulting to women.) I very much enjoyed the author's perceptiveness and found her points convincing and thought provoking. The sexual scenes were quite secondary for me but she does her best there too and succeeds nicely once. The unfortunate thing about the novel is that it has one of those 'you decide how it ends' non-endings that irritate me beyond all else. Other than that - I'd say it's a cut above the rest in the genre. The narration is also among the best I've heard. Top notch.
I thought the beginning was also kind of slow and at first thought that it was a mistake to buy it. It did get better and you were suddenly reading it for the storyline and not anything else.
I was sort of confused at the end though since it seemed as if it cut off suddenly at an unlikely spot in the book.
I would still definitely recommend this book. I loved the accent of the narrator and it didn't seem hard to follow at all.
A good surprise for an erotic book, very well written, giving credible characters and situations and above that, funny. It describes the internal travel of an ecological activist to get in touch with her innermost desires. The sex scenes are not overdone, meaningful and well placed, the context is fleshed out and the story catches the attention.
I enjoyed this book a lot, and thus recommend it.
This story bounced between sexual fantasies and boring environmental crap that went on, and on and on. Too much stuff that the normal human doesn't know or care about. And the fantasies weren't even well developed or titillating. I couldn't even finish this one.
As erotica goes, this was a well written story. I didn't like the narrator but loved the sex scenes.
This book had a surprisingly good story line and was pleasantly humorous in a number of places. I thought the eroticism was a bit much at times, but all-in-all was a good read. The narrator was very good in her character distinction and delivery. Mind you, the explicit nature of this story isn't for everyone, but if it is your thing you won't be disappointed.
Although it starts slow, and the very ending is a bit silly and contrived, what makes this book great is the slow burn through the middle. The characterisation is realistic, and the sex satisfying. The narrator's voice is interesting, and on the whole it's a compelling listen.
Got to agree the story does start slow but builds up. Loved the story, believable characters, written with excellent knowledge. The narrator is absolutely brilliant, perfect can not fault at all. I will be listening to this over and over again, could just do with a Bound in blue part 2 would love to know how Hazel and Tiggy get on. Totally recommend this book.
"Slow burner but worth the wait"
A rather different erotic novel than i am used to but none the less very enjoyable.
Great characters that take a long time to get going but that only adds to the tension and the final 4 chapters are very erotic.
The main characters Tiggy and Hazel just ooze sex appeal and leave you wanting more of the two of them.Very well written and highly arousing i will no doubt be enjoying this again and again.
"Very enjoyable in the end"
I purchased this book some months ago but never got round to listening to it. When I downloaded it I don't think the book had been reviewed, so I am grateful to the other reviewers comments advising of the slow start, which it certainly was, else I might not have persevered. Whilst very erotic in places, what amazed me about the story was the knowledge of the author on environmental biology and rights issues, which link the main themes of the story. Not convinced by the Miles sub-plot, and whilst well narrated, loved the breathless Tiggy characterisation, found the upper middle-class tones adopted for Hazel as unconvincing for a left wing provincial lecturer. Some unexpected twists and a bottom clenching ending! Worth a listen enjoy!
Starts a little slowly, but builds relentlessly to a delicious climax... and ends.
Highly enjoyable, well narrated and certainly recommended.
I admit I was a little surprised to find this one was really quite enjoyable. Well written, with interesting characters, nicely described scenes of all types, and a satisfying twist at the end.
"Bound in blue"
Fantastic. Look forward to another publication by this author.
"Progressively good then................."
The narrator fantasises constantly about being taken en-masse by rugby teams etc. but never quite makes it.
She does however have some delicious other escapades with her acquaintances.
I listened to this whilst on holiday and I enjoyed it for the light-hearted romp that it is. The narrator has an excellent knowledge of environmental issues as Glyn has commented which lift the story somewhat.
I must say I was slightly disappointed with the ending and it left me wondering if the book had been accidentally chopped. The Audible endpiece came in a little too quickly to be safe so I will have to find a copy of the written work somewhere and check it.
Not a literary masterpiece but a good holiday listen :-)
Wittily humorous with a pace that moves along with brilliant narration. What a super way to introduce different forms of erotica. We need more from this author and this narrator . Well worth the purchase
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