Review: Wild Licks by Cecilia Tan

Wild Licks by Cecilia Tan
Series: The Secrets of a Rock Star (# 2)
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Pages: 352
Source: Book provided by NetGalley for review



Gwen Hamilton is always looking for a thrill. Not even running a secret BDSM club can fulfill her true desires. It’s only when she’s backstage at a rock concert and attracts the eye—and experienced hands—of guitarist Mal Kennealy that she finds that perfect combination of danger and excitement she’s been craving. Calling herself “Excrucia,” she revels in his uncompromising dominance each night. And yet by day, he knows her only as Gwen, his new escort for public appearances.

Excrucia blows Mal’s mind with her enthusiastic submission to his harshest commands. Even though he has a reputation for never seeing the same woman twice, he can’t help being tempted by the woman willing to fulfill his every fantasy. And when Mal discovers that Gwen—the sweet arm candy designed to soften his surly public image—is really Excrucia, he never wants to let her go. Finally he can indulge his absolute power. But dancing too recklessly on the razor’s edge could cut deeper than he bargained for . . .


Review:  Author Cecilia Tan delivers plenty of spine-tingling heat in Wild Licks, the second installment in The Secrets of a Rock Star series. This is one story that should probably have a warning label of the phenomenal intensity within the pages.

Not only does the author delve deeply into the BDSM lifestyle, she does so with great care. I am always critical of books featuring BDSM to ensure they promote the basic tenet of BDSM: safe, sane and consensual. I found it very interesting that this particular book featured a match between a sadist and a masochist, which is definitely more challenging than the typical Dom and submissive. With every scene, the author used great care to reflect the benefits of the lifestyle for the participants, while acknowledging the dangers. I found the role play to be interesting, especially the connection with book characters.

To pull off this kind of storyline, the author included well developed characters in Gwen and Mal. Since both of the characters were already familiar with BDSM, it was interesting to have something different than the usual Introduction to BDSM 101. Actually, in retrospect, this was probably an advanced placement class! Each encounter is packed with exquisite details, which provided me with a front row seat and introduced me to aspects of impact play that I’m not familiar with including the fire play. Mal’s inner demons made for an angsty read, especially when Gwen managed to unleash them.

The idea of two sisters inheriting a BDSM club makes for interesting reading. Although this is the second installment in the series, it can easily be read as a standalone. However, I am planning to follow the series so I can see what happens to other members of the band. Because of the way this story is structured, the author has a variety of storylines to develop.