Review: It Stings So Sweet by Stephanie Draven

It Stings So Sweet by Stephanie Draven
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher:  Berkley
Pages: 352
Source:  NetGalley

In the aftermath of a wild, liquor-soaked party, three women from very different social classes are about to live out their forbidden desires.

Society girl, Nora Richardson’s passionate nature has always been a challenge to her ever-patient husband. Now he wants out of the marriage and she has just this one night to win him back. The catch? He wants to punish her for her bad behavior. Nora is offended by her husband’s increasingly depraved demands, but as the night unfolds, she discovers her own true nature and that the line between pain and pleasure is very thin indeed.

Meanwhile, Clara Cartwright, sultry siren of the silent screen, is introduced to a mysterious WWI Flying Ace. If Clara, darling of the scandal sheets, knows anything, it’s men. And she’s known plenty. But none of them push her boundaries like the aviator, who lures her into a ménage with a stranger in a darkened cinema then steals her jaded heart.

Working class girl Sophie O’Brien has more important things on her mind than pleasures of the flesh. But when her playboy boss, the wealthy heir to the Aster family fortune, confronts her with her diary of secret sex fantasies, she could die of shame. To her surprise, he doesn’t fire her; instead, he dares her to re-enact her boldest fantasies and Sophie is utterly seduced.

One party serves as a catalyst of sexual awakening. And in an age when anything goes, three women discover that anything is possible…


Review: This book was so exciting. This was the first time that I read a book like this. It was like reading an anthology, but not quite. The three stories each have something different and yet every one is connected in it’s own little way. You might know from the beginning or it might take you til the end to figure it out.

There are six main characters. In the first story, we have Nora and her husband Jonathan. He finds out that when she was drunk that she kissed another man. Let’s say he finally lets his bad side out at the party and it will forever change both of their lives. It has a dark side of BDSM. So if you don’t like that kind of thing then I have warned you. It was so explosive and hot. Made me want a man like Jonathan, but not quite as dark.

The second story deals with three people. There is two main but the third plays a big part in the story. It deals with menages. The name of the story is When I’m Bad I’m Better. Clara and Leo are the people that we learn about in this one. It is a wild game that is played. When two people have so much sexual chemistry as these two then you know you will be taken on some wild adventures. You have Leo’s friend Robert come in to make it just a little more exciting.

In the third story, Let’s Misbehave, we get to play a game that is between Robert and Sophie. It is also a story that has Clara and Sophie in a sexual scene. You never know what is going to happen in this book. You are in one adventure between two people and all of sudden it turns into four. My mind is still going in circles wondering what happened. I say to myself did that really take place or was it something in my mind.

I have never had so much excitement in one book. The author did a wonderful job keeping up with all of this. I would have gotten everything mixed up. This is the first book that I have ever read from this author and if this is the way she writes I will be reading more. I feel like I have just come down from a huge high. I will be reading this book again. I want to make sure that I didn’t miss anything.

I will warn you that this book has a little of everything in it. It had BDSM, menage between three and four people. We have M/M/F, F/F, M/F and one part that has M/F/M/F. They might not all be in on the same act but they are in the story. So I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves something that is not the same boring stories that they read all the time. It makes you get out of your comfort zone and realize that there is more out there.



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