Friday, December 20, 2013

*Erotica Review + Tour* Driftwood Deeds by Laila Blake

Accepted Readers,

I wanted to give warning to any younger readers that the following book review is suitable for a mature audience only. The book I will be reviewing is an exotic novella that contains sexual situations and may not be appropriate for readers under 18 years old. Continue at your own desire. If not, please skip this post and check out one of my all audience friendly reviews. 


Today I have something different for you guys. Lately, I've been reading out of my normal comfort zone and ventured on to adult literature. Erotica seems like a huge jump in regards to the genres of books I normally review, but as an avid reader I want to experience books from all walks-of-life. I understand if erotica is not your cup of tea, I wasn't even sure if it was mine at first. BUT I can promise that I will be diving into other genres that I normally shy away from. So stick around, there is bound to be something for you to enjoy coming very soon. 

Without further delay... I present to you my first exotic review of: Driftwood Deeds by the charming and beautiful Laila Blake
Title: Driftwood Deeds
Author: Laila Blake
Genre: Erotic BDSM Novella
# of Pages: 82
Word Count: 27,000
Release Date: 12/9/13
Published By: A Hotter State
Buy Links:  (Currently $3.99)
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When journalist Iris Ellis visits a sleepy seaside town to interview recluse screenwriter Paul Archer, he offers her insights into never acted upon fantasies of dominance and submission. Too curious to deny herself a taste of them, Iris gives herself up to Paul's gentle guidance, but when she realizes that a taste can never be enough, she must find the courage to ask for what she needs or risk losing it all.

My Review
Writing Style:
Laila Blake could write a to-do manual and I'm positive it would take my breath away. She is a phenomenal writer that can switch between genres effortlessly. My favorite aspect of her writing is her ability to express the emotions of her various characters. You can feel their joy, sadness, anger, confusion... it's like having a front role seat in their mind and seeing everything through their eyes. Laila Blake is a natural story teller that will take you on a journey you will never forget.

My opinion:
Driftwood Deeds is the second full exotic novel I've read but the first I've reviewed. Driftwood Deeds is a novella is for those of us curious about or new to BDSM. It caught my attention because it deals with BDSM and D/s. I have always found the idea behind BDSM completely intriguing yet very confusing. I've never understood how someone could be submissive, the dominance I can understand, but submissive? I was hoping this novel would help me understand and I am delighted to say that it did!

Iris Ellis is submissive, Paul Archer is dominate. Iris is much like me, curious but inexperienced. Paul however is extremely experienced. In a way he introduces Iris to the BDSM lifestyle. He does it in the most respectful way imaginable and eludes kindness frequently. He corrects Iris a few times and gives her tips on how to "let go". His gentle, yet stern nature truly will grow on you. I think he makes the perfect teacher and Iris the perfect student. They quickly form a trusting and loving relationship.

My favorite aspect of this novel was how Iris and Paul open up to each other. They both express their feelings on why they like being dominate/submissive. This novella isn't just about sex; it's about a state of mind. A state of feeling free and refreshed through pleasure mixed with a bit of pain. It's about trust, respect, and experimentation. It's actually quite a beautiful read.

I adore the ending. I wanted to shout for joy. Do a happy dance. I won't share what happens, but let's just say it doesn't disappoint. Driftwood Deeds has made me want to read more books that fall into this category... lucky for me Laila Blake has written more erotica. (Promoting at its finest. hehe)

Looking for some visuals that pair with the book to set the mood? 
Driftwood Deeds Pinterest Board 
Laila Blake ( is a linguist, author and translator. She writes character-driven love stories, whether in romance, erotica, YA or mainstream, co-hosts the podcast Lilt and blogs about writing, feminism and society. The first instalment of her Lakeside series, a paranormal romantic fantasy, was published in early 2013 and since then, a good dozen of her short stories have been selected for publication in erotic anthologies. She lives in Cologne/Germany with her cat Nookie, adores obscure folk singers and plays the guitar.

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  1. :) I can't believe I haven't commented here yet. Pft, bad Laila.
    Thank you Helena, that was such a nice review and thank you, too, for going on this journey with me. I'm glad you liked it! And if I managed to shed some light on what's it in it for the sub, all the better, hehe.

    1. Hehe, it's ok. I'm terrible at keeping up on my comments as well. =-P Thank you for reading my review, I'm glad you liked it. I hope you write more BDSM stories because I'm pretty positive I'm becoming addicted.

  2. Hi hun, it's me again. I just wanted to let you know that I'm offering a little thank you giveaway for all DRiftwood Deeds reviewers and you definitely qualify ;).

    1. Hi sweetie, thank you for telling me! Going to go enter now =)

      PS: You're awesome! :)