Afternoon Delight: Club Wonderland by Christine d’Abo

Afternoon Delight: Club Wonderland by Christine d’AboClub Wonderland by Christine d'Abo

Series: Friends and Benefits,
Genres: BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance
Published by Carina Press on October 14, 2013
Pages: 157
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Alice fell down the rabbit hole…or a play on words takes place in this story. Alice White is a former child model, turned legal assistant with a crush on the associate lawyer, Gael Hernandez. Gael is attracted but he has a goal in his life he isn’t going to be derailed from. Alice takes the hint and tries to move on with her life when she realizes just how boring she has gotten and goes out for a night of clubbing only to not be so excited by all that is offered. When she sees Gael get out of limo with two other guys, she follows him down an alley and into that rabbit hole called Club Wonderland. Even the bouncer calls her little rabbit.

As Alice ventures into the club, her eyes are opened up wide to the world of BDSM and that Gael is a Dominant. The two are both shocked … him at seeing her and her at finding out his sexual preferences. They embark on an evening of discovery and both realize there is more to the attraction than lust. But working together isn’t easy and when Alice backs away, Gael goes after her for more than just lust.

This is a very short story and is part of the Friends and Benefits series that started with Sexcapades, which we reviewed here on Delighted Reader. Sexcapades featured Alice as Petra’s best friend. Sexcapades and Club Wonderland take place during the same timeline as you see Alice’s side of the story. Sexcapades is about a sex blogger who meets her arch nemisis and falls in love. This is totally different as the focus is as it is based on Gael’s dark desires and making partner at the firm, while Alice is coming into the realization of her own desires as a submissive and how to make like a balance between what her mother wants for her and what she wants.

There is the right balance of sex toBDSM to outside of the bedroom. While the two do fall in love, it isn’t rushed. I was a little uncomfortable about some of the talk around Gael’s parents though. Overall, I adored this short story of two hearts finding each other against the odds that everyone stacks against them.

Afternoon Delight

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  • Sophia Rose

    I suppose being a BDSM virgin finding herself in a BDSM club would be a bit like Alice’s tumble down the rabbit hole. ;D

  • Kitt Crescendo

    This sounds like a light, playful read. Fun!

  • Oo sounds good Shari!! I hadn’t heard of this series yet. Off to check em out 🙂

  • I havent read a good BDSm story in a minute…great review. Ill have to try this one out