Review – Tie the Knot by Cynthia Rayne


Title: Tie the Knot (Novella)
Author: Cynthia Rayne
Pages: 60
Genre: BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewer: Nicole

*** Copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review***


John “Sax” Saxon wants his estranged wife Maggie back in his life and in his bed. As his submissive. During their whirlwind courtship and short-lived stint as a married couple, he’d kept his kinky desires to himself, worried that his sheltered wife wouldn’t understand. Now that they’ve separated and counseling has failed them, he has nothing left to lose. Sax is going to show Maggie just how pleasurable submitting to him can be. A Romantica(r) BDSM erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave



Ok…. I have taken my cold shower to calm down and stop myself from blushing and my body from buzzing, so I could write this review! Tie the Knot by Cynthia Rayne is a scorching hot novella. I have read quite a few erotica books in my time and I usually don’t find them to my taste as they are generally too expressive and at times too far-fetched for my liking.  So I was surprised to find that Tie the Knot is more of a mild level BDSM / Erotic story which made it more accessible and relatable. This story would be a fantastic introduction for reader looking at getting acquainted with this genre.

Tie the Knot is about John Saxon and his wife Maggie who have recently separated due to the breakdown of communication in their marriage. The communication breakdown is quite simple; John has kept a secret from his wife that is now affecting their relationship.  John has a sexual fetish and fears that his wife will run to the hills if she had any idea what he truly desired.  John’s love for his wife and his need to have her back in his life trumps his fears so, with trepidation, he confesses his sexual desires to his wife and is surprised to discover that Maggie’s love for him makes her open to try anything to make this relationship work. What they both don’t expect is how Maggie adapts so easily to his desires, to the point where John has awakened Maggie’s own sexual fetishes and desires!

This novella is extremely well written with a believable plot with good content and depth. The plot moved along at a fast pace, jumping straight into the thick of the story from the very first page to a very fulfilling ending, conquering all the desires needed for erotic genre readers.

I felt Rayne portrayed believable and well rounded characters. The presentation of the main character’s different personalities was very pronounced, with John’s character being the very stereotypical closed off, expressionless Brit to Maggie’s character being the naïve inexperienced, devoted wife.

Being a novella and only 60 pages long this is a quick read that will awaken desires you didn’t even know you had and you might need to take a cold shower!

lips grey 4

Review – Entwined with You by Sylvia Day


Frustrating with a capital F!

Title: Entwined with You (Book #3 Crossfire Series)
Author: Sylvia Day
Pages: 356
Genre: Romance – Erotic Fiction
Reviewer: Nicole


From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside – so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession….


Entwined with You is the third, supposed final, installment to the Crossfire Series.  While I did enjoy this book, I have to express my disappointment. This series was presented as a “Trilogy” and what the reader finds out only after purchasing and reading the book, is that it’s no longer a Trilogy (obviously, for the story is nowhere near resolved), there is going to be another book and who knows how many after that?  As the reader I now find it frustrating not knowing when this story is going to be completely resolved.

While I had anticipated plot resolution from this installment what I received was far from enlightening.  I was actually left with most of the loose ends untied and presented with new information, which I assume is to cater to new sub plots and crisis for the two main characters of Gideon and Ava to explore in the upcoming books.

The highlight of this book for me was the character development taking place within Gideon and Ava.  Both protagonists really matured in this installment, not only in regard to their individual insecurities but as a couple as well. Ava became less annoying and Gideon became more loveable. They feel stable at the moment but I don’t know how long that will last, as I am sure the next installment will test this greatly.

What I hope for in the next installment are answers and plot resolution – I don’t want this series to drag! I want resolution regarding Gideon’s past – including whatever confrontation is to come between him, his mother and his family.  Overall, I think we are due for a more direct focus on Gideon’s back story as we have seen enough from Ava.  I guess we will just have to wait and see where this next installment will take us – fingers crossed it’s not a letdown.

lips grey 3.5