The Marriage Diaries by Erika Wilde #Review

The Marriage Diaries by Erika Wilde #ReviewThe Marriage Diaries by Erika Wilde

Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on January 16, 2014
Pages: 241
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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I got this book series by a recommendation on Facebook. I wish I could remember who, but it turned out to be a pretty sexy collection of short stories about the same couple. Normally I don’t like book after book on the same people, but since these are smaller stories of a larger story, it worked, but I really wished it had just been one bigger book.

Anyho, it was a sexy look at a couple married for a long time, the kids have gone off to college and they need a little pick me up on their desires. I have been married for 19 years and with him for 23 years, I can appreciate what it takes to keep a relationship going when day to day life pulls you in all directions. While my kids won’t be gone anytime soon, it doesn’t mean we lead a sexless life, so to see a couple rediscovering what they love about each other and growing was a delight to watch.

If you are looking to save money, buy the complete set with the link above (currently 99 cents). Buying each of these individual can add up to $6 and they are too short to be worth that much. As much as I enjoyed this series, I still have to be cost conscious.

Let’s jump in!

The Marriage Diaries by Erika Wilde #ReviewThe Awakening by Erika Wilde

Series: The Marriage Diaries #1
on March 15, 2013
Pages: 35
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Dean and Jillian Noble have been together since their teens. Married and pregnant early, they have started with nothing and grown into a couple that raised two sons when they were themselves still growing. Dean has a haunted past of what his father was like and never touches Jillian with anything but ultimate care and love. While that is wonderful, it is also kind of passionate less. So Jillian isn’t going to take it any more. With one son in college and the other in the military, it’s time to take back their sexuality and pursue what they desire.

When Jillian visits Dean at work and they have an “afternoon delight” things start to change for the couple. Communication flows in ways they never expected and now they feel free to explore what they haven’t dared explore before. Dean is still confused by what happens and that night after work, it becomes more clear that they can explore anything their hearts desire.

This is very short, but throughly satisfying beginning of a new era for this couple.

The Marriage Diaries by Erika Wilde #ReviewThe Surrender by Erika Wilde

Series: The Marriage Diaries #2
on March 28, 2013
Pages: 44
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Now that Dean knows he is free to explore, he shows he has a very dominate side sexually.

Through this short story, Dean leads Jillian in a dance of submission in the form of orgasm denial, stringing them both out to heighten their desires. Pearls lead a big role in their play and I will never look at my small set in the same way again. While the two are exploring BDSM, it is in a very mild form with spanking being the biggest and darkest part of what they have explored so far in kink. While there isn’t much time spent in conversation or outside pursuits, you feel complete with the time you have with this couple. The lines of communication are wide open and there are a lot of firsts coming in the future for both of them.

The Marriage Diaries by Erika Wilde #ReviewThe Taking by Erika Wilde

Series: The Marriage Diaries #3
on July 11, 2013
Pages: 36
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Dean’s been away on business and the longing has grown. Jillian has kept busy creating a playroom in their basement where keep things secret, like when the boys come home to visit.

Dean is heading home and it’s time to fulfill one of the fantasies they have discussed: home invasion. Dean gives Jillian a heads up to darken the house and to hide because he is going to find her and fuck her hard. Jillian has a fantasy of being pursued and no matter how hard she fights she is taken. This leads to one of the sexiest scenes I have ever read. To be safe there is a safe word for this, so don’t get upset too fast.

What I love is that there is a vase where they can put their fantasy written out into. No judgement is given. They discuss it and see if both of them are into it and then start to make it happen. Dean didn’t even know this would be his fantasy until Jillian brought it up.

The two are striking out and learning what they like. I enjoyed the back and forth play, how they communicate afterwards how they felt and what turned them on. These two are headed into some sexy times.

There is one more scene in here that I’ll let you explore on your own.

The Marriage Diaries by Erika Wilde #ReviewThe Temptation by Erika Wilde

Series: The Marriage Diaries #4
on August 25, 2013
Pages: 39
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By this point the couple have explored a few fantasies and it has drawn them closer than ever. The trust bond they have is a beautiful thing.

With each story we delve more into what turns them on and what they want to try. Two scenes unfold through the story, one at home and one that Dean talked about in a previous section that Jillian is now going to make come alive.

What I learned from these two on this one is that sometimes fantasies are just that. One that they forge to fulfill leaves one of them feeling jealous and angry. It tests the progress they have made and puts a spin on not everything is going to be wonderful. You get to see how they handle when something isn’t exactly what their fantasies have made them believe.

This is where I ended my journey with Dean and Jillian. They are at a good part in their explorations and things are better than ever. While I haven’t read book #5, it is a longer story at 183 pages and book #6 is around 70 pages. I haven’t decided if this is the end of my journey with these two or not. They left me feeling quite satisfied with how things were going. I just don’t think that going further with them will tell me more about this couple.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • RO

    Yay! to longevity and wedded bliss these days! Love to see this in a romance novel, and always enjoy knowing that real life women meet their Prince Charming. Great reviews! Hugs…RO

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love novels that rekindle a couple who have hit a bump. These two really found their way back to each other. They never fell out of love, they just got in a rut through life.

  • Hey, I’ve got them all ! But of course, I haven’t read them yet. If they’re that hot, they might be a wonderful winter treat 😉

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I think there are more than I reviewed, but I haven’t gone looking. They were a pretty quick read for me.

  • Wow, many reviews 🙂

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Yep, each one was like a new chapter in their life.

  • I’ve actually read the first two in this serial, and also started another of her serials. The problem I had with this is too much telling and not enough showing. Glad you managed to enjoy them.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I am not a fan of serials, which is probably why I haven’t read more of them.

  • I’m intrigued. I love the late marriage refresher.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      I love late in life rekindling romances. Guess it makes me feel younger 🙂

  • Debra

    I have read all of the entries in the Marriage Diaries and really enjoyed all of them. I love Dean and Jillian as a couple. I like that they are totally committed to each other, their relationship and their family and are willing to explore their private fantasies. I thought each “interlude” worked well to make it a complete look at the characters.

    Really enjoy your reviews.