Mini-Review: The Dark Collector by Vanessa North

The Dark Collector by Vanessa NorthTitle: The Dark Collector
Author: Vanessa North
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by author
Published: November 13, 2013

Jeffrey Kuyper was a once-in-a-generation talent and I was his muse.

Jeffrey's death shocked the art world and upended my life. His last portrait is an intimate reminder of our final weeks together. Now it's up for auction and I want it more than anything. When a cold-mannered man in a dark suit outbids me, I'll agree to anything to buy it from him--even a weekend in his bed


Reviewed By: J9

BDSM isn’t my thing and I wouldn’t have read this if the synopsis even hinted it was a BDSM novella.  I admit to enjoying vanilla eroticism and this most certainly wasn’t that!

Still, I appreciated how the author connected the narrator’s refusal to share his name with his weekend Dom to him withholding his emotions. This added a nice, though thin, layer of emotions to the otherwise purely sexual relationship. The author also did a good job of having the narrator use this sexual relationship to purge the grief over the death of his previous Dom and lover. 

Finally, this is barely a HFN ending so the hopeless romantic in me didn’t get even a token HEA for my reading a BDSM erotic novella. If BDSM is your thing then you’ll love this sharp little novella but it wasn’t for me.


J9’s Rating:
2 Frogs

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About J9: Vegan. Avid runner. Android addict. Never without a book in hand. Currently devouring MM romance but reads historial romance and paranormal romance as well. Follow J9 on Twitter.


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