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When Dylan's secret BDSM fetish becomes accidentally known to his boyfriend Mark, the two decide to mix up their usual tender love-making routine with some kinky stuff. As a part of a game, Mark transforms himself into a character Dylan never knew gentle and sweet Mark could embody. But Dylan was wrong. Or maybe there's something he's terribly missing.

Based on an actual horror painting, this erotic short story brings inner demons to light and opens doors to places no one should ever enter.

©2018 Perie Wolford (P)2018 Perie Wolford

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Be careful what you wish for.....

Perie Wolford's previous books were fairly lighthearted spoofs of 80's classic films such as Dirty Dancing, but with a gay twist. His book Lights took on a more somber tone with a story of aliens in the deep ocean. Now these two Bad Boy books move in another direction altogether.
A gay couple finds their sex life becoming boring. Dylan mentions a BDSM fantasy and they decide to give it a try. But on the night they try it, Mark shows up transformed into a dark figure. As they engage in sex, Dylan begins to realize that something is wrong and maybe the figure is not Mark after all? The figure shows up the next night and Dylan finds himself addicted to the figure, who turns out to be a demon. Is it really Mark? This then turns into a morality tale. Can Dylan break free and find redemption or will he be sent to Hell?
The narration was decent, but had a gravelly voice. That worked for the Demon, but the gravel came through as he voiced the other characters as well, so it was kind of odd.
A very interesting take on fantasy, desire and addiction.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A different kind of morality tale

This is a different type of story to the previous book in the series. Not only is there a different narrator but this is also a little darker in tone. The relationship between the two human lead characters is, as the story states, 'vanilla'. It is sweet and comfortable with lots of pleasant sex. Obviously, this suits some people but not others and certainly here it provides the tension within the story.

The characterization is good with clear personalities provided for each of the characters. The lead character is a person destined to fall from the path of a comfortable relationship to be tempted something a little riskier. The demon of the story provides the opportunity to fulfill his desires.

This is a morality tale of sorts, the demon is a figure of temptation and the outcome of the story offers perdition or redemption. It could be argued that bdsm is here presented as inherently demonic or evil, but I do not believe this to be the case; the sexual focus is only the differentiator, it is the choice to betray a loved one for hedonistic reasons that is seen as damnable.

The story is self-contained and the ending is interesting and not really predictable, which is a pleasant change.

The narrator has a very gravelly voice which is certainly appropriate for the demon's voice, although he does make effort to adapt this for different characters. The narration is clear and well paced and provides an enhancement to the story.

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Strange mix

The author was offering free audible codes with no mention of a review requirement (though I feel that's usually implied if not actually mentioned) so I requested a code. My review was not influences by getting the code for free. I had never read Wolford's work before so I had no idea what to expect other than what the blurb mentioned.

The narrator really started the book off at a fast pace and with little inflection, but he got better as he went on. It was a straight read with no noticeable change in voice when speaking for the characters. Perhaps that's best when narrating BDSM stories.

The story was novel in that it starts with the couple finding out they have a disconnect in their sex life and try to work through it. I appreciated that. I also liked the realism in their exploring BDSM together as both novices and it not being an immediate success. What I didn't like is the judgmental attitude that was bandied about with the use of the word "perverted ". Sometimes it can just be a reference to kink, but it was far overused for that. There were other issues, descriptions, etc. that were repeated often as well and the book was only just over an hour long. Not sure if it was the narrator misreading or author mistakes, but there were extra words and awkward phrasings occasionally. The author didn't really develop the physical and emotional connection enough between Dylan and the Demon to make Dylan's reaction seem believable. The actual sex between them was meh, not so hot to me.

That said, I listened with attention to the very end because the writing was good enough to make me actively interested in finding out was was going to happen, so, an overall OK rating.