Kinky Sprinkles by L.A. Witt


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Title: Kinky Sprinkles
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 24, 2016
Genre(s): BDSM, Contemporary, Romantic Erotica
Page Count: 140 pages
Reviewed by: Natalie
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Joel has finally walked away from his abusive ex and is ready to meet new people. But that isn’t easy for a guy who’s shy, self-conscious, and struggling with his body image.

Andre has wanted Joel since the first time he laid eyes on him, and finally Joel is single. But Andre is a Dom and a sadist, and Joel is unapologetically vanilla. There’s no happy medium—either Andre reins in the kinky side that took him years to accept, or Joel grits his teeth and subjects himself to kinks that aren’t his thing. No matter who bends, someone’s going to be unhappy.

They agree to walk away, but they keep circling back to each other. Though their kinks might not line up, the chemistry between them sizzles and the emotional connection keeps getting deeper. But none of that will get them anywhere if they can’t find some kind of middle ground in the bedroom.

By all accounts, I should have loved this story. I’ve read L.A. Witt before; she’s one of my favorite M/M authors. The amount of books I own from her catalog is insane. I came across this book in the Riptide Newsletter about a month ago, and I just had to read it, so I eagerly put in a request for it on NetGalley. I’d already read the first chapter via the RP newsletter, and I was into it. I counted down the days until it was available!

The premise? Joel is a guy recently out of a relationship with Rob who seems to have been a total toolbag. Everyone and their mother thought Rob was an abusive asshole but not one single person in the BSDM scene ever thought to intervene on Joel’s behalf somehow. I get the difficulty with trying to extract someone from an abusive relationship and attempting to reach out to help can only further complicate things, but I think there was a gaping hole that wasn’t filled with that aspect of the story. I kept staring at my Kindle in confusion. People were worried about him, but yet no one (not even his BFF) made moves to try and get Joel out from under Rob’s thumb.

There was also the fact that Joel didn’t enjoy BDSM at all and he’s now averse to anything kinky (aside from cuffs and blindfolds) because of his experiences with Rob. This all makes sense, but like I said, none of their backstory was fleshed out well enough for me.

Joel has very little confidence thanks to some extra pounds and the mindfuck he’s continuously encountered thanks to Rob. Joel’s friend April asks him to accompany her to the local BDSM club so that she can play (her Dom is out of town, and she doesn’t want to go alone). Enter Andre.

Andre is the Sadist Dom that April and Joel pretty much drool over. He’s the cream of the crop. April does some finagling to get Joel and Andre in the same space together, and the plot takes off from there. Dun dun dun dun…

I really wanted to like this book. Kink is my thing. I love it with a passion, but the characters in this story bored me to pieces. I couldn’t figure out why on earth Andre was this phenomenal Sadist many admired, nor could I get on board with Joel’s self-deprecation. I think this story could have been excellent if some things were expanded upon. I didn’t even enjoy the kink that was present in the book (okay, I’m lying, I enjoyed the glimpse into rope bondage) but it wasn’t enough to keep me interested.

This is 2-star read for me. Sometimes I jive with a book and sometimes I don’t. Usually, I can move on from it, but I have to say I’m SO bummed that I didn’t like this more. It’s not the norm when I dive into an L.A. Witt book. Color me shocked! What doesn’t work for me, might work for others so, give it a whirl if you’re looking for a book with BDSM elements.


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Galley copy of Kinky Sprinkles provided by Riptide Publishing in exchange of an honest review.

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