Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Star
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Erotica | Contemporary
Newly single and loving every minute, Lille—a.k.a. the Fetish Queen—is unleashed and ready to dominate in the first chapter of the sexy, enticing Fetish Queen series.
Blond, buxom, and bold, pin-up girl Lillehammer Marceaux can get any man she wants, but she leaves her fiancé to move to Florida and run a sex shop called The Fetish Box, owned by her best friend. She immediately clashes with Max Jobman, the rough-hewn tattooed Irishman who owns the local pub. Not a very trusting man, Max is convinced she’s a spoiled beauty who’ll stay just long enough to find a rich husband. He quickly learns that Lille isn’t interested in a husband; she’s focused on making the business a success—but that doesn’t stop her from thinking about what an excellent lover Max will make…
What neither Max nor Lille realizes is that her efforts to become the Fetish Queen, which include making a type of reality show, have caught the attention of a dangerous figure from Lille’s past. Will her troubled past come back and drag her down, or will the Fetish Queen get her way?
I'm giving this a 2-Cauldron Needs Work rating not because it's a serial but because THE FETISH QUEEN: REBORN by Nicole Camden needs a few things IMHO. We've all read a serial or two and I think we can all agree that serials are tricky and challenging because you're chopping the story into several pieces but at the same time, each volume should give the illusion of a complete tale. It should have a plot, conflict and resolution and the ending would be more or less a cliffhanger.
There is considerable plot, Lillehammer Marceaux is the daughter of a stripper who ran away from home when she was in her early teens to escape her abusive father who's a felon. Through the years Lille reinvented herself into this Old Hollywood femme fatale. She then inherited the Fetish Box, an erotica shop, and runs it with her BFF Mary. Then she meets Max, they had sex and then what? Nothing, that's what.
On paper, I love the idea behind Lille's character. She has a past and she's hiding from it by creating this alter ego. I love femme fatales, they're instantly attractive just by being so. But Lille isn't fascinating at all, she's cold, has a chip on her shoulder and as stale as day old bread. As for Max, he's sexy at first glance, he's Irish, tattooed and has a fine accent to complete the look. But like Lille Max is boring too! The erotic parts, which I skimmed, weren't exciting as well, Lille is a Domme and the first time she and Max did it, she tried to do some light D/s play. Erotica sex scenes is where the characters become vulnerable and shed their masks even if they're at play however I didn't see any connection between these two aside from pheromone response.
The missing parts are the climax and some sort of cliffhanger. This is a serial so you want your readers to grab the next one right? The resolution and subsequent cliffhanger doesn't tie with the plot, it's related to the premise, yes, but because it wasn't reinforced throughout the serial, it didn't feel cohesive with the overall arc. To sum it up, I'm glad I only got part 1 and won't be bogged to read the next two parts only to DNF it. Finishing this 125 paged serial is painful enough, I don't think I can go through it two more times.