Book Review by Michele: Kinky Sprinkles, by L.A. Witt

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Kinky Sprinkles, by L.A. Witt
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: September 26, 2017

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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summary

Joel has finally walked away from his abusive ex and is ready to meet new people. But that isn’t easy for a guy who’s shy, self-conscious, and struggling with his body image.

Andre has wanted Joel since the first time he laid eyes on him, and finally Joel is single. But Andre is a Dom and a sadist, and Joel is unapologetically vanilla. There’s no happy medium—either Andre reins in the kinky side that took him years to accept, or Joel grits his teeth and subjects himself to kinks that aren’t his thing. No matter who bends, someone’s going to be unhappy.

They agree to walk away, but they keep circling back to each other. Though their kinks might not line up, the chemistry between them sizzles and the emotional connection keeps getting deeper. But none of that will get them anywhere if they can’t find some kind of middle ground in the bedroom.

Cover Art by GD Leigh.

tropes-tags

M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Contemporary
Novella
BDSM
Friends to Lovers
HFN Ending

Warnings For:
Past Abuse
Eating Disorder

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‘Kinky sprinkles on a vanilla ice cream’ is the concept for this contemporary tale, with two seemingly incompatible yet irresistibly drawn together men. There’s mutual pining, unresolved sexual tension, hurt/comfort – lots of popular tropes can be found in here!

The depiction of BDSM was well done, and I really appreciated the way Witt made a point to separate Dom and sadist, submissive and masochist, as two distinct entities, as it’s unfortunately rare to see anyone acknowledge that these these things do not inherently go together, and it’s perfectly possible to be a dominant masochist or submissive sadist if that’s what feels most natural and comfortable for you. The fact that every (present) interaction was obviously consensual was also gratifying, as was the inclusion of aftercare – these may seem like trivial things, but for me, and I’m sure for others, it’s always extremely important.

Having said that, I wish there hadn’t been such a strong line drawn between ‘kink’ and ‘vanilla’, as if kissing, learning your partner’s wants and needs, being sensual and intimate is somehow foreign and divided from a kinkster’s desires as well. I also just had general issues with the MC: there’s no real description of what Joel actually looks like, so I didn’t understand why Andre would be ‘lusting after him at first sight’ and he remained throughout an amorphous, featureless blur in my head, and his obsession with losing a (very) few pounds became wearying as it was treated more as a ‘personality quirk’ to focus on, rather than the potential PTSD symptom of body dysmorphia. Although they were sexually dynamic together I would have liked more of a connection between Joel and Andre outside the bedroom, and their eventual compromise seemed obvious from the beginning. I often had to force myself to stop being impatient for them to realise it too.

This is a decent contemporary story that was let down by a few repetitive issues, but that doesn’t mean it’s unworthy – I may not have been personally satisfied by these kinky sprinkles, but that doesn’t mean someone else won’t find them delicious.

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L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer who has finally been released from the purgatorial corn maze of Omaha, Nebraska, and now spends her time on the southwestern coast of Spain. In between wondering how she didn’t lose her mind in Omaha, she explores the country with her husband, several clairvoyant hamsters, and an ever-growing herd of rabid plot bunnies. She also has substantially more time on her hands these days, as she has recruited a small army of mercenaries to search South America for her nemesis, romance author Lauren Gallagher, but don’t tell Lauren. And definitely don’t tell Lori A. Witt or Ann Gallagher. Neither of those twits can keep their mouths shut . . .

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

2 thoughts on “Book Review by Michele: Kinky Sprinkles, by L.A. Witt

    • Thank you! I definitely wanted to mention how pleased (and relieved!) I was consent was a central theme, and the dismantling of some harmful BDSM stereotypes because even though I did have a lot of other problems with the book, those things were handled extremely well 🙂

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