Rich Pickings

Ashe Barker
Rich Pickings
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Totally Bound Publishing
Release Date
October 2014
Book 2 of A Richness of Swallows
BDSM, Erotic Romance

She craves control. He demands her naked surrender.

Dan Riche was the one man she hoped never to encounter again, so when she ran into him unexpectedly at a wedding, Summer Jones couldn't be held responsible for her actions. Except, Dan thinks differently. He intends to punish her for lashing out at him in her frustration, and much to her surprise, Summer intends to let him.

Reunited with her closest friend, Freya, and finding new friends and fabulous opportunities at Black Combe, Summer is soon caught up in a passionate relationship with Dan as he reintroduces her to his powerful brand of kink. He effortlessly awakens all her submissive instincts, and Summer's resistance crumbles along with her doubts. But even as she responds to Dan, can she leave the shadows of her past behind?

Dan confuses her. He scares her. He makes her do things she never dreamed possible, and she loves all of it. But Summer prefers her life to be tidy, doesn't she? Where does a turbulent relationship with a fascinating, unpredictable Dom fit in to her ordered existence? He punishes her, hurts her, controls her pleasure, demands her obedience.

Summer always needed to be in control. Now she's naked, on her knees at his feet. Dan demands her submission. Can she relinquish her fragile hold on her security and trust him instead?

Book Review by Rachel's Willful Thoughts (reviewer)
Nov 10, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
204 people found the following review helpful
Some books work well as standalones while others that are part of a series are best enjoyed when read in sequence.

RICH PICKINGS by Ashe Baker is the second installment in A Richness of Swallows serial. Since I did not read the first book, I found myself stumbling around trying to understand what I had missed.

In spite of not having a solid grasp on the back story, it didn't take long to get caught up in the sizzling hot Dom/sub relationship between Dan and Summer. The chemistry level is off the charts and they have plenty of opportunities to test it.

I found the BDSM elements to be well integrated into the storyline. There is a strong emphasis on the emotional connection in addition to the physical aspect.

Because this is a serial, each segment picks up where the other ends. As a result, there is a slight cliffhanger, but it isn't too painful. This is definitely a naughty little read packed with all sorts of interesting scenarios between Summer and Dan.
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Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Dec 25, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
163 people found the following review helpful
Summer thought she left Dan behind and when they are reunited through a mutual friend's wedding, the fireworks are explosive. Summer is still confused about her interest in BDSM. Dan is still a pushy dominant.

While this story's grammar, plot development and world building are fine, it's the character building which let me down. This is specific to the way the characters relate to each other. In addition, the way BDSM is portrayed in this one rubs me the wrong way. There is no one true way for BDSM. Still, in this story, it's not the BDSM I prefer, and if the dominants in here come across as jerks, it's because they are.

Dan is not smooth and suave. He's a domineering asshole who doesn't care about limits and comes up with trivial excuses to "punish" Summer. It's not even Dan and Summer's icky relationship that bothers me. It's Summer's best friend Freya's situation. From an outsider's perspective who does have experience in the BDSM lifestyle, Freya's relationship comes across as abusive. The issues which arise based on Freya's personal life are blown way out of proportion. Perhaps it's the clunky manner in which it is written, with contrived conflicts that bothers me more than the poor portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle.

First of all, who cares how much money Freya owns? Second, even after years of being together, couples still learn new things about each other. In this story, it appears the male dominants must know every little detail about their women and they must control every aspect of their life. Any decisions made outside of the male dominant's control is a cause for potential break up. This immature attitude and lack of trust is aggravating. These males come across as insecure domineering asshats keeping their women down. This is what made the book less than appealing compared to the previous one.

While the story moved in ups and downs, the characters were all less engaging in this one. With their constant drama and misunderstandings, this book read more like a young adult angst ridden story. Since this kind of story does not appeal to me, my enjoyment is rather low. At the end of the story, I'm not rooting for any of the characters except for Freya to escape and find some real friends and a better dominant.

This book is for those who enjoy the new adult genre and want a bit of fanciful kink.
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