Title: Fleur de Nuit
Series: Bourbon Street Bondage #1
Author: Cat Montmorency
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Source: Inkslinger PR Blog Tours
From the Publisher: The difference between wanting and taking is the barest catch of a breath…
Decadent food, smoky music, dark delights—who could live in the French Quarter and not be tempted to partake? Moira D’Arcangelis, that’s who.
Ever since her college boyfriend tried to add her to his list of murder victims, she’s lived a quiet life, which is code for no life at all. When her best friend Kara convinces—okay, drags—her to meet Adrian LaCroix, master of the local underground kink scene, his commanding presence and sexy Cajun accent bring her latent desires back to life.
His offer to train her as a Domme is the key to regaining control of her life. Yet becoming Adrian’s protégé comes with complications. As he opens her body, mind, and soul, she begins to see Kara in a new light—right about the time a legendary Domme returns, intent on stealing Kara away.
Moira has a fight on her hands. For Kara, and against a past that comes roaring back with a vengeance. She’ll need every trick Adrian can teach her to win the right to both life—and love.
Warning: This book contains more seasoning than a New Orleans kitchen. It’s simmering over with sex. Boy/girl sex. Girl/girl sex. Girl/boy/girl sex. Sex toys, sex talk, sex clubs, dark and troubled sexual pasts…you get the picture. Could be too spicy for beginners, but hey, where there’s Cajun heat, there’s fire. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
OH MY GOSH GUYS.
So when I agreed to review this book, it was because it sounded sort of interesting and I hadn’t done a blog tour stop in a very very long time. I didn’t have high expectations for the book. I was prepared to come out of it firmly feeling “meh”. Since 50 Shades, there have been so many books about kink – and most of them aren’t done well at all.
But then I couldn’t put it down.
I stayed up until 1am when I was already exhausted because I simply couldn’t stop reading this book. This is the kind of book that gets under your skin and in your heart.
There are a few things that irritated me – which bumped it down to 4 stars instead of 5 (but oh my gosh guys – it’s so good). First, Moira went from a broken woman to Dominatrix extraordinaire way too quickly. That process should have likely taken months – or at the very least weeks. In the book, it happened in days. Second, I had a hard time believing that someone who went through what Moira did would so easily be able to step into this lifestyle. It was handled well in the narrative, but I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief at the beginning.
But truthfully, those things are easily overlooked in the grand scheme of things. This book. THIS BOOK. This book gave me everything I was hoping for (a decent romance) and then SO MUCH MORE.
Cat Montmorency understands kink. She understands the difference between being Dominant and being abusive.
The primary rule of a Dominant/submissive relationship is to hurt, not harm.
One of my favorite things about Fleur de Nuit was the inclusivity of it all. There were few labels (other than Dom(me)/sub). Sex could be enjoyed equally with your own gender as with the opposite gender. There were no rules (other than the aforementioned “No harm” rule). Straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, monogamous, non-monogamous… none of it was better than the other. None of it was treated as if it were unusual or wrong.
And the story. Romance novels are generally formulaic and predictable, yes? Not this one. When I started this book, I hadn’t read the blurb in awhile. I had no idea what it said. I couldn’t remember any of the characters it mentioned, and I only knew it involved kink because of the word “bondage” in the series name. If you read it now, you may not think the book was as unpredictable as I did. I was certain that Moira’s love interest was going to be someone other than it was. And then I thought maybe it was going to be someone else. Both of those characters fit the formula. But it wasn’t either of them.
I love it when a book surprises me.
And this book did. It reached up, grabbed me by my hair, and pulled me towards it until all I could do was submit and read it.
When does Book 2 come out?