Review: Summer Sins by Kathy Kulig

Summer Sins by Kathy Kulig
Series: Dark Odyssey
Release Date: November 15, 2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Pages: 75
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



Master Adrian Cayne knows how to bring exquisite pain or pleasure to a woman’s body. Before he’ll take on an inexperienced submissive, he expects her to pass a series of seductive tests of increasing intensity to see if she’s receptive to his unique and dark skills. Under his command and relentless determination, she’ll relinquish control to him.

Emma is known to thoroughly research her articles for the tabloid magazine Scandal. Her latest assignment to write about Dark Odyssey, a new BDSM club, is her chance to indulge in her taboo desires for the sex she craves as a submissive. With her job and future career on the line, she has to write a lurid, gossip story. But her heart isn’t in it because she falling for Adrian.

Raw and hot passion draws them past guarded limits, but when secrets are revealed, trust will be the final test for true love.

Inside Scoop: Emma’s journey includes public sex scenes and watching a scene with a sadist and masochist.


Review:  Emma Fallon is a wanna-be journalist. Her latest assignment for the tabloid Scandal is to write a story about Dark Odyssey, the new BDSM club. Emma decides to get a first-hand look, not realizing that her own submissive nature will emerge.

The last thing Adrian Cayne needs is a new submissive, especially since he is trying to keep his involvement in the BDSM lifestyle private so it won’t negatively impact his job prospects.

Author Kathy Kulig sets Adrian and Emma on a collision course in Summer Sins. Will Emma’s desire for a story take a back seat to an exploration of her submissiveness?

The storyline follows a typical path starting with a main character who keeps a secret from the other main character. The reader knows that at some point, the truth will be revealed. The only question is how the reveal will happen and what kind of impact it will have on the characters.

Since the story focuses on an introduction to BDSM, the perspective is perfect for those readers who might be new to the lifestyle. Adrian is well-suited to the instructor role and comes across as very patient. Unfortunately, the length of the story doesn’t leave room for much development.

I’ll give the book high marks for the steam factor, but I couldn’t quite embrace the whole undercover reporter storyline. Kulig has all the ingredients for an erotica novella, but I was left hoping for more of Master Adrian. If nothing else, it would have been satisfying to see Emma get punished for her lack of honesty – in true Dom/sub style.