I don’t usually find many reasons nowadays to get up on my soapbox and start ranting or even complaining, especially not here on this blog. This space was created to celebrate authors and the amazing works they write.
If you know anything about me, you know that I’m pretty liberal with giving 4 or 5 star reviews. That’s because I choose to read and review what I love.
I started this blog to
Celebrate authors and their amazing work, so yesterday when I came across a reviewer who gave a completely wonderful book a horrendous one star review that was so filled with ignorance and complete bull, but denigrated a lifestyle as well, I felt I had to respond.
But, it got worse from there. Upon looking up this person’s profile, it seems she goes out of her way to choose books with alpha males and BDSM themes then gives them bad reviews citing abuse and insulting the author and worse. Frankly, this angered me enough to comment on a couple of them.
Here are a couple of examples:
Book one, Jane Henry and Maisy Archer’s Boston Doms book, “His Babygirl” . Here’s the blurb: (loved it by the way!)
Alice Cavanaugh learned early that the only person she could count on was herself. As a single mom, she works hard to provide the best life possible for her son Charlie, and to earn the respect of those around her. She might take part in a scene at The Club, but she’s way too busy to be anyone’s full-time submissive. And that’s fine with her, since the one dominant she’s fantasized about submitting to has given her nothing but mixed-signals and heartache… until now.
Alexander “Slay” Slater, a former Marine and Dungeon Master at The Club, has been eyeing Alice for a while now… from a distance. But now that he’s set his sights on her, he’s all in. He will make her feel safe and cared for, and attend to her every need—including taking her over his knee for a sound spanking when she needs it.
But when Alice and Slay are roped into a dangerous entanglement with an insidious drug cartel, their relationship is put to the test. Can Alice trust Slay, even when it means ignoring her own fears and instincts? Can Slay keep Alice safe from the dangers that they face? Above all, can they overcome the obstacles that keep them apart—so that Slay can become Alice’s Daddy, and Alice… his babygirl?
DISCLAIMER: This book contains the spanking of adult women, mild elements of age-play, and BDSM including power exchange. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase.
And this is the ludicrous review!
Incest is Sexy?
Since this entire series aggressively promotes sexual assault against women, I shouldn’t be surprised that the author now appears to be condoning incest and child molesters.
Although brain-dead Alice doesn’t care about her own life, self-respect or safety, it’s horrifying that she is willing to allow a known sexual predator access to her young child.
Why is this book listed as a romance, unless raping children (as well as adult women) is currently considered sexy, erotic and romantic?
Excuse me? This book is about a daddy Dom relationship between two CONSENTING ADULTS . This review is just insulting, there’s no incest, nor condoning of abuse or rape. For those of you who would like to see for yourself, here’s a link to this awesome book!
Example number two:
A routine mission…
Sean Taggart is hunting a deadly terrorist, and his only lead is the lovely Grace Hawthorne. She’s the executive assistant for an employment agency Sean suspects is a front for illegal activities. To get the truth, he is going to have to get very close to Grace, a task he is all too eager to undertake when he discovers her deliciously submissive nature.
…turns into a dangerous seduction.
Soon, Grace Hawthorne is living a double life. By day, she is the widowed mother of two college-aged sons. By night, she submits to Sean’s every dark desire. She’s living out her wildest fantasies of pleasure—intimate acts of trust she’s only read about. As passion engulfs her, a murderer strikes, and Grace learns that Sean has a deeply hidden agenda. Will Sean choose his mission and break her heart or be the Master of her dreams?
A Masters and Mercenaries Novel by Lexi Blake
And the review that really SET ME OFF!!
Doms can’t love anyone!
The title is the first lie in this book about a selfish, sadist man who enjoy hurting women. Dominant men are not capable of love, respect or human kindness of any type. “Doms” are sexual bullies who get sexually excited by overpowering someone smaller or weaker, similar to rapists and pedophiles. Smart, confident and emotionally mature women don’t take abuse from anyone!
As a submissive woman, who considers herself smart, confident, and emotionally mature, I find this review insulting to me, my husband, and especially Lexi Blake. The Masters and Mercenaries series is totally brilliant and Lexi’s Doms are brave, kind, protective and loving men But don’t take my word for it Right now, the Dom who Loved Me is free on Amazon!
Authors work hard to bring us the books we love, and to leave a negative review, especially when it’s full of mistruths, misinformation, and nastiness, it’s just not right.
Rant concluded, I have to say that if you love to read, support your authors by leaving a review. Even just a short sentence like, “I loved this book!” helps out an author greatly, especially independent authors.