I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Something Or Other Publishing on March 30th 2016
Genres: Adult, BDSM, Literary, Love & Romance, New Adult
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Two lovers. One fate. One twist. It will all hang on the roll of a die.
This is the story of a forbidden love and a journey of self-discovery. Like life, it is paved with drama and humor, love and lust, questions and the mysteries surrounding their answers.
But. Sharp blade. Such a short word and fierce cut.
Marco battles ghosts from his past and embraces unconventional pleasures. Marisa struggles with the loss of her father and the estrangement of her mother. Despite their apparent differences, the two find in each other a soulmate.
After being torn apart, they are brought together again amidst mayhem — two changed beings sharing unchanged feelings. To be reunited, however, they face a twist.
It will all hang on the roll of a die.
_________RED: A Love Story has received over 2 million hits on Wattpad and was endorsed by journalist Debra Picket, a former columnist of The Chicago Sun-Times and contributor to CNN, as "an intriguing first novel – a thinking woman's 50 Shades of Grey.”
The novel does contain BDSM, but sex is not its main focus. Sex, here, is about exploring and emotional connection, with no fixed roles. It's a bit of an unusual romance novel, with references to philosophy, psychology and other subjects, as well as music and literature.
NOTE: This novel can be read as a standalone.
6 x 9 inches
“Red symbolizes extremes: it dresses the Pope just like it paints the Devil. The first visible color in the light spectrum, it signals passion-which is nothing more than the extremes of joy and pain.”
This was my first BDSM style book, and if you’re interested in that genre but want to be eased into it, this book is the way to go. The sexual aspect of the book isn’t very descriptive or long.
My favorite parts of this book were all the literary references. This student-teacher relationship book was actually very decent. Both of the main characters were very intelligent and likable. Also, one of the chapters is named Hobbits and Sexual Deviations from A to Z. Like, how did she come up with such a legit title?
I was torn throughout this book on my opinion of Marco and Marisa’s relationship, but I think that was mostly due to the third person perspective. Marco has a bit of a tortured soul, while Marisa reminds me of the girl in the background who doesn’t get acknowledged to her true potential (but that is how she’s supposed to come off, that’s not an error in writing).
Think 50 Shades meets a serious, intimate indie film.
My only reservation on this book was the serious tone of it, but that is likely just my personal preference. It was beautifully written and the sheer fact that Nicole included literary references from Sartre makes it even more beautiful. This student-teacher relationship isn’t anything like those you see on TV, it’s very real and makes the reader approve of the relationship, actually.
I enjoyed this book a lot, and I’m sure you will, too. Happy reading!