The (Uncensored!) Review of Blakely Bennett’s “Stuck in Between” (18+)

stuckinbetween-web-scale(WARNING:  Graphic language and depictions follow.)

I already published a PG-13 review of Blakely Bennett’s, “Stuck in Between,” the first installment of her new “Bound by Your Love” series.  If you want to read my opinion about the overall quality of her writing, that’s the place to turn.  In a few words, she’s fantastic.  I love her voice, tone, style, and pacing.  I’m looking forward to more from Ms. Bennett, because I love great writing.

But this is erotica we’re talking about and there’s really only one reason we read erotica as opposed to romance novels.

Masturbation.

This is the review where I tell you what every woman really wants to know.  Is this book going to fill your mind with smut?  Is it going to make you want to finger yourself silly?  Is it safe to read this book during your lunch break or will you find yourself racing to the ladies room to rid yourself of that tingling in your crotch before your panties are so wet you won’t be able to return to your desk?

Make no mistake, “Stuck” is a drama (You can read chapter two here)  There’s not much suspense in this book aside from the obvious tension of the central love triangle.  From a BDSM or D/s perspective, it’s not going to rival her earlier “My Body” series which, from what little I’ve read so far, is a much darker landscape.  From the earliest pages of “Stuck” you know there will be tears, a few laughs, and multiple, thigh-jolting, cum-loaded orgasms.

I started petting my pussy from the very first pages.  As the book opens, Ms. Bennett describes bad boy “Bond” and his first interlude with heroine, “Jacqs,”  I already knew I was in for a crotch-soaking treat.  I smelled Bond’s sandalwood scent.  I knew his face.  I envisioned his body.  I felt his dick dipping into me as if I was Jacqs.  More accurately, my fingers were a poor stand-in for Bond’s cock, but the fantasy played out nicely nonetheless owing to the quality of Ms. Bennett’s writing.

When Ms. Bennett introduced “Red,” I shivered for the man with the dangerous edge and a slightly controlling streak.  As I mentioned in my other review, I’m not usually aroused by men with back tattoos and small gauge earrings, but her portrayal of the mildly threatening Red got me hot nonetheless.  Red was a tease, desiring me but not fulfilling my longing until he was damned good and ready.  But once Red jammed his thickness into my mouth, I closed my eyes, I fell into Jacqs place, and let him have his release.  He held me captive with an iron grip, throwing me down and giving me a long overdue spanking.  In a later scene Red helped me achieve perfect posture and a toe-curling orgasm at the same time!

There are stretches of this book where it is more dramatic than erotic.  To her great credit, Ms. Bennett knows how to seamlessly flip between the two in a way that feels realistic and believable, not contrived or forced.  In those moments when the erotic is prominent, I gripped my tablet with one hand and reached deep into my my panties with the other.

I unwisely read the hottest scene in the book as my husband drove us home from a romantic interlude in the mountains.  Before I realized what I was doing, I had plunged two fingers into my cookie and was fucking myself wildly.  I nearly caused my hubby to drive off the side of the road when, in a fit of passion, I unwisely reached over and grabbed his cock through his trousers.  Whoops.

It is often said that Red Phoenix’s “Brie” series contains some of the most graphic, titillating sex scenes ever written.  Having read just two installments of that series, I can understand why.  At times, “Brie” almost feels like non-stop word porn.  Ms. Bennett’s deft touch and vivid portrayals left me similarly wet, wanting, and eager to play with my own not-so-bad boy, but with dramatic respites in between.

I give Blakely Bennett’s “Stuck in Between” 4.5 soaked panties out of 5.  As realistic, dramatic erotica worthy of self (and other!) love, it is an exquisite, memorable read.

Review: “Stuck In Between” by Blakely Bennett

stuckinbetween-web-scaleSince releasing my erotica series, I have paid more attention to the works of my fellow authors. It’s a ballooning sorority / fraternity, with hundreds, perhaps thousands of active authors releasing everything from 3,000 to 150,000 word erotic escapades. Every kink, fetish, and sub-genre under the sun is represented. Different tastes, different books.

I’m not normally into the tattooed, ear-pierced bad-boy genre. I don’t often drool and go weak in the knees over a man with small-gauge ear piercings and a tattoo spread across his back. I like my men suited and shaved, successful in a Wall Street kind of way.

So when I picked up an advance review copy of Blakely Bennett’s new novel, “Stuck In Between,” the first installment in her new “Bound by Your Love” series, I did not know what to expect. I knew from the very first pages I was reading a story set in an unfamiliar world, with characters I might not recognize from my daily life.

What I encountered was some of the most beautiful writing I have read in erotica or any genre. Concise. Crisp. Flowing. It moved effortlessly from scene to scene and evoked a vivid mindscape without burdening me with bloated prose. Ms. Bennett has a way of weaving dialogue that brings back-story to the fore without feeling heavily expository. You find yourself immediately parachuted into a close-knit tapestry of friends and lovers and you quickly feel as if you are in on the latest gossip. These people feel real, with real depth, and each has rich emotional ties to the main characters.

(Read a sample chapter here…)

“Stuck in Between” had me hooked within pages and kept me flying along. Perhaps the telling trait of this book is that it practically begs you to carve out a Saturday and read it beginning to end. The plot is straightforward, but the game of emotional cat and mouse between the three main characters is fraught with volleyed, troubled hearts and heated, sexually-charged returns. Chapter after chapter, my affections and affinities teetered this way and that, first loathing one character, then fearing the other, only to find out that none were as flat or as simplistic as I had first anticipated.

This is not the kind of writing you might anticipate from the “Indie” world, where we occasionally run into sloppy prose, with piecemeal imagery and relationships plucked from the scrap heap of “been there, done that” erotica. Ms. Bennett expects more of her readers, that they will put their hearts into the journey along with her characters. Her writing style is mature and evolved, and would fit right in with mainstream works from the major publishing houses…

If it were not for the fact that this is, after all, erotica.

Ms. Bennett’s flair for the first-person erotic is as effortless and as visceral as any I have read. At the risk of sounding like an over-sexed cougar – which I am – I found it impossible to read her work without experiencing the desired effect. If the quality of erotica were ranked by the shade of the blush on my cheeks, my scoring of Ms. Bennett’s sex scenes would be the most brilliant crimson. I am still reliving the images of the main characters as they moved from the mundane activities of daily life – eating, sleeping, working, bathing – into the heady pursuits of three lovers engaged in a partner-swapping waltz. This is more than a simple, “Tab P into Slot V” smut novel. You feel the tingling effects in your saturated core.

I cannot say whether the setting or plot of “Stuck in Between” will resonate for everyone. This isn’t my normal fare. I usually go for stories set in and around certain professions. Advertising. Medicine. Law. My own series is a topsy-turvy take on the “Billionaire” erotica sub-genre, so to each her own. Only the reader will know whether the multi-dimensionality of this band of familiar friends will be to their taste or not.

What I can say is that I see enormous potential in this series and this gifted author. I feel as if I’ve been blessed to read the work of a woman who’s words are deeply affecting. I’m hooked.