Series: Dirty Bad #1
on March 5th 2015
They call him Masque. I call him God.
The man I want to consume me, own me, break me and corrupt me.
Yet I've never seen his face. His body ripples like an Adonis, sculpted in steel and dripping in sin. His flesh is inked with the mark of the chimera - one body, two very different halves. He plays hard. He plays rough. He has no limits. He's so fucking dirty bad wrong. But I love him for it.
Lydia Marsh is always the strong one. The girl who never breaks, and sure as hell never cries. She's got it all - the perfect little life in cosy suburbia, with her perfectly nice boyfriend, and their perfectly sufficient sex life. She's even got her perfect little career plan all wrapped up at Trial Run Software Group.
But when it all falls apart, and Lydia's pretty, green eyes are fixed on a brutally sexual stranger - the man they call Masque - she comes to suspect that being strong isn't all it's cracked up to be. For now Lydia wants something she's never wanted before... And she wants Masque to give it to her.
**Warning - this novel contains graphic sex, and hardcore elements of BDSM. There are scenes of violence (consensual) as well as sexual practices some readers may find offensive. If you aren't turned on by dirty bad wrong sex then please walk on by. Thank you.**
See that little thing in the distance running for dear life. Yep, that’s my comfort zone. It took off, never to be seen again. And I couldn’t care less if I tried.
“Dirty Bad Wrong” by Jade West took me out of my comfort zone, very much like Lydia, the main character was taken out of hers. And although it was uncomfortable, intense, gritty and the epitome of kink, just like her, I couldn’t get enough.
This book lives up to it’s title. It’s dirty, it’s bad, it’s wrong – in the best way possible.
Now considering this was my first ever BDSM romance, I wasn’t sure what to expect and the warning in the synopsis already had my blood pressure at an all time high before I even started reading. This didn’t change throughout the book, but probably even increased. But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t hot as hell. Filthy, dirty, at times slightly sickening, it still managed to be scorching hot. Just let me tell you, if you want vanilla, this isn’t it. If you want a handcuffs, a few slaps on the ass and some blindfolding kind of novel, this definitely isn’t it. “Dirty Bad Wrong” is what my inexperienced brain guesses to be true BDSM – not for the squeamish.
But there isn’t just kink and dirty, filthy sex. There is a beautiful story behind it all. A story about acceptance, friendship, letting go and about love. The mix of all those things had sucked me in until I read the last sentence.
Lydia is a good girl. A smart and sensible girl who thrives on perfectionism, doing the responsible thing. She’s reliable, hard-working and has a wall around her emotions that’s more impenetrable than Fort Knox. She has herself under control almost all the time, except when her safe and secure life falls to pieces. Little does she know that this is fate giving her the push to find out who she really is and what lies behind those walls.
It’s not until her sexy co-worker James, also known as Mr. Perfect-and-In-Control coaxes her out slightly, that she realizes there is more in life than safety and domestic bliss.
But it isn’t until she is confronted with Masque that her life is tilted off its axis and throws her into a sea of emotions, needs and fantasies she never imagined possible.
James on the other hand is Mr. Corporate. Perfect, in control, the definition of professional behavior. He’s guarded, private and mysterious, keeping his private life and work separated. That is until he runs into Lydia. He doesn’t want to let her close, but at the same time he can’t stay away. The question is, if he can lower his guard enough to let her see the real him.
And then there is Masque. He’s a beast. He’s pure sin. The beelzebub would run and hide. He’s controlling, demanding, unforgiving, he’s rough, brutal and yet sexy and intriguing. There’s just something about him that doesn’t only fascinate Lydia.
The story, though mainly focused on Lydia’s discovery of a world outside the norm and her experiences in it, has many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.
The side characters are truly superb. I just couldn’t help but like Bex and Cara to pieces.
You’d never guess that this is a debut novel. The writing is flawless, hijacking the reader into a different world. A world so twisted you won’t know left from right. Or to be more accurate, right from wrong and good from bad. But as this story shows, everyone has a different definition of that anyway.
I can definitely say that this book blew me away. Does that mean I’ll go find the next BDSM club? Highly unlikely. Would I run the other way if I ever crossed paths with Masque? Definitely. Has it allowed me to become less prejudiced and judgmental? Very much so. What more could you want than a book that isn’t only hot, a turn-on, with a great story behind it but also educates.
5+ dirty, bad, wrong, but oh-so-right stars.
~Review by Paula
(Previously posted on TBE)