Eronica Unbound by Scarlett Vaughn
My rating: 0 of 5 stars
I must admit that I was really looking forward to reading this one. And not because its claim: "FIFTY SHADES OF GREY meets "Pirates of the Caribbean"! " Which is a good thing because it isn't true. The only thing it has in common with the latter is that there are pirates, who aren't really pirates or are they? no not really; and for the first: I can't judge that.
I shelved his book as "literal porn" because it is just that. The story is supporting the sex scenes and not the other way around. At least it felt like that to me. Whatever happened it did happen to lead up to a sex scene and therefore I must say that I was underwhelmed.
I'm not saying that the writing was bad. It was very poetic and very descriptive, or - as I like to put it: wordy. Because of that the story often felt thinned out for me. The author seemed to be obsessed with the details of the surroundings rather than with the more interesting background stories of the characters. It made me skip paragraphs even pages.
Sadly, this obsession did also spring to action when it came to the sex scenes. Certainly more details regarding the effects the actions had would have made those scenes alluring but I felt like watching porn. Simple as that. Don't get me wrong: a large variety of porn: fem/fem, menage, all sorts of bdsm, kind of forced, spanking... etc. but still ... porn.
I guess this book is for the male reader who surely appreciates to know which color and texture the woman's nipple has.
And let's not talk about the supposedly strong heroine who insta-accepted every situation, pretending to try and take reign about the situation when all she did was giving in for the sake of the book and the sex scenes.
What I was also curious about was that this book was containing drawn pictures that were supposed to compliment the book. The problem was that they were announcing what was happening in the upcoming chapter which made this book even more boring.
Don't get me wrong: if you hate surprises and need to know what you get because you're not someone for suspense: this is the right book for you. For me it ruined the fun (even more). Ironically these drawings soon turned out to be the highlight of the book for me and I doubt that this was the illustrator's intention.
And the last thing I couldn't wrap my head around was the logic of the book itself. Spoiler alert.
(view spoiler)[You can't really expect that you will end up in the Sultan's harem when you sail though Pirate infested waters. Even though they tend to sell women on the slave market there is still the possibility that a) you get killed b) you get kept c) someone else purchases you.... I just can't wrap my mind around the fact that despite realism everything sorted itself out just perfectly. (hide spoiler)]
This book wasn't all that bad but giving it three "I like it" stars would simply be lying.
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