Review: Fleur de Nuit, by Cat Montmorency (Rating: 3.5/5)

montmorency-fleur-de-nuitFleur de Nuit, by Cat Montmorency (Bourbon Street Bondage, Book 1)
Publisher: Samhain Publishing (September 1, 2015)
Page Count: 291 pages
Genre: Lesbian (F/F) Romance, Menage (M/F/M), Het (M/F)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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* I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. *

Summary: Moira has been a ghost of her former self ever since her ex-boyfriend raped her and tried to kill her. Her best friend Kara is the steady rock in her life; when Kara begs Moira to come to an exclusive BDSM club with her, Moira finally sees a chance to reclaim the control that she lost all those years ago.

Let’s start with the things I disliked. The first part of the novel was super rushed. Moira goes from being a timid introvert to being a confident, sexy Domme in the first quarter of the book. There was very little character development though, nothing to show that she was really evolving.

“It’s just so sudden.”

“We can wait, if you’re not ready. But I really think you are.”

Yeah, but I don’t think I’m ready! I couldn’t buy into Moira the Domme, because her transition sped past in the blink of an eye.

Also, Adrian’s over-the-top French was a pain to read. I speak French pretty well (and read it almost fluently), but the way he used just one or two words of French in every sentence was honestly ridiculous. It made him seem like human Pepe Le Pew, instead of the suave and eccentric Dom he was supposed to be.
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Now, what I liked? Pretty much everything else. Moira’s realization of her feelings for Kara is lovely, and the jealousy and conflicted emotions she feels when Mistress Tamara comes back to town is fantastic. And while I thought the [spoiler, highlight to read] reappearance of Moira’s murdering, raping ex-boyfriend was a cheap and lame plot twist, the character’s reactions and the emotional turbulence it caused was so great!

In the end, I probably could have done without the actual bondage part. I love BDSM in romance novels, especially when it’s well done, but it felt like a gimmick here. Still, Moira’s emotional relationships with the various characters, especially Kara and Landry, were really exceptional.

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