The Deep End (Honey #1) by Kristen Ashley #mf #review

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one’s darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.


I love Kristen Ashley. Not in an “I want to collect your errant hair and skin cells” kind of creepy way, but in an “I’ve read every book you’ve ever written – most more than once” kind of way. And I know a lot of people have reported feeling nervous about her foray into a new genre. Well, I’m here to reassure you fellow Rock Chicks that concerns you have are completely unfounded, because this book is pure KA and has everything you love about her writing in it, just in a slightly different way.

This book revolves around Amelie, a Domme at a club called Honey. She’s feeling a bit dissatisfied with her life and is looking for the ever elusive more. She doesn’t want to just play anymore; she wants a life with someone outside the club. Enter Olivier – a sub that she hones in on and begins to play with. They soon discover that they could definitely have more, and try to work that out. The real issue is they both have insecurities they need to overcome in order to understand one another. Can they do that?

This book is different from KA’s other books because it has a woman in the central Alpha role – a role usually reserved for KA’s heroes. Here’s the thing – it’s not really all that different, and I think you’ll understand why when you read this book. Go there – you won’t regret it.

I realized when reading this book that what really attracts me to KA’s stories are the relationships between the H/h, not the tiny details like who ties who up or who ends up getting spanked. The relationship between the central characters in this book is the same its core as every other book I’ve come to love, and the emotions between the characters are just as mesmerizing.

So, what I’m saying here is that if you’re hesitant about this book, you really don’t need to be. It’s different to be sure, but not in a way that will be a turn off for a lot of the readers. I personally think it’s kind of badass to have such a strong female character that still manages to be vulnerable and relatable. 5 stars!