Summary: Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise that she would do anything to save her mother’s art gallery. Unfortunately, not only is The Red painted red, but it’s in the red. She soon realizes she has no choice but to sell it.
Just as she realizes she has no choice but to sell it, a mysterious man comes in after closing time and makes her an offer: He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him for the period of one year.The man is handsome, English, and terribly tempting…but surely her mother didn’t mean for Mona to sell herself to a stranger. Then again, she did promise to do anything to save The Red…
Release date: July 11th, 2017
Received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
3 stars for keeping me entertained long enough after jarring me a little.
The premise of ” The Red” is centered around Mona, a young woman who’s trying to save her art Gallery ” The Red” from completely going under in England which she needs 500k to do so. It was a promise she made to her mother on her deathbed. A mysterious gentleman Malcolm offer her a deal to help save her Art Gallery by paying her in paintings that supposed to add up to 500K exchange for doing what he wants to do with her body aka ” Carte Blanche” in the back of her Gallery for a year. Every sexual encounter they have is based off a famous painting. As their sexual encounters gets more intense, so do her openness to try new things and her feelings for him.
I was intrigued to read this because I keep seeing this one around GR. This is my first time reading errotica from this author and maybe my last. I feel like it should have been more plot and little less sex to me cause you had a great premise going with her trying to save the Galley. I really liked Mona and Malcolm’s intellectual talks about the art cause it felt that it just didn’t want her for her body but also her brain but they kind of got drown out towards the middle. The book also started off funny as sensual but they got lost as well. One thing that was a turnoff for me was the full BDSM scene in the middle book. I was not turn off about it because it was a BDSM scene because she wrote it very well. ( Better than E.L James would.)
The fact this was most def not my first time reading errotica so everything that was in this book was not surprised to me at all. Honestly I was laughing at some of their sexual encounters and was almost bored to tears with one of them.I was laughing my ass off with the Nymph and Satyr orgy party while was bored to tears with the Minotaur Sacrifice one. Also the line of consent was very burred on that one as well. I was turn off by it because before that Malcolm and Mona’s painting theme sexual encounters was kind of tame and felt jarring to me. It didn’t feel like a gradual descent to full BDSM. You can’t have regular (well a little extreme with a bottle) sex with a little slapping on the breast in one encounter, to a little exhibitionism with her thinking she was being sold to someone but it was actually him another, to freaking orgy party in another, to straight out full BDSM with a riding chop and her going straight up submissive mode with him saying kind words as hit her 100 times without gradual descent of her going into the world of BDSM. That scene would have been better towards the end of her encounters with him and not the middle.
Then after that their sexual encounters become on the lines of taboo and little dubious which doesn’t shock me at all. The ending was kind of strange but manageable. All in All it was enough to keep me entertained not to dnf it after it started off very strong.