Afternoon Delight Review: Blank Canvas by Mari Carr

Posted June 11, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 18 Comments

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Afternoon Delight Review: Blank Canvas by Mari Carr
Blank Canvas

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Series: Big Easy #1
Genres: BDSM Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Carried Away Publishing
Released on February 26, 2014
Pages: 101
Format: eBook
Source: Free Book
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The Delight

A middle-aged woman downtrodden by her ex is made to feel like a piece of art by a sexy tattoo-artist dom in this quick and spicy novella introducing a rather unorthodox family.  I’ve had this on my shelf for over five years and was glad for the opportunity to finally pick it up.


Blank Canvas is the first in a series and introduces the first of the Lewis family finding their unorthodox and kinky way to love.  Well, at least it puts Caliph on the right path in this happy for now.

Forty year old divorcee, Jennifer makes a new year’s resolution to pick herself up and start living like she never lived before when her husband said she wasn’t attractive and she was boring (as said by every cheater there is, btw).  She can’t treat those words like static until her bold first step garners her more than a tattoo.  She’s about to have a hot and personal one night encounter with a dominant and breath-taking tattoo artist who doesn’t want any long-lasting strings attached relationships.

But, soon after Caliph gets the responsive Jen in his bed and she brings him to life as much as he was hoping to make her feel wanted and beautiful.  His plans change and he starts to want more and visualizes several encounters, but will his darker needs end up scaring her off?

For a shorter story, this was generously developed in characters and the attention to their sexual chemistry and encounters.  It’s not a full happily ever after and I appreciate the author didn’t try to cram too much into this novella so it paced well.

There was light to moderate BDSM, but Jen is a first-timer so Caliph gives her only a hint of the dom and treats it as an exploration for them both.  He’s careful with her and really cares that she see herself as he sees her- a vibrant, colorful, and sexual woman.  Jen is honest and doesn’t play games.  I loved how she overcame those negative voices in her head to reach out for what she wanted and reach past the restraint Caliph tried to keep on his emotions.  I was grinning when the big moment came and she stood on the edge of choice.

In summary, this was a great start and first encounter to the author writing solo and series.  I am definitely curious about the Lewis siblings.  I would recommend this for those who enjoy a quick read spicy happy for now BDSM romance.

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #45
Literary Pickers #81 kink
COYER Quarantine #35
Romanceopoly #42 Passion Place- BDSM


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

I really like the sound of this one. Sounds like a book that I would probably enjoy too.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

I can’t believe I left it on the shelf so long. I think you’d like it, too, Mary.

Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

This sounds like a good novella, and I love that Jennifer didn’t let her cheating ex keep her down. I like that the author didn’t try to cram too much in to the story. Great Review Sophia 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

I was really cheering for her to get on past him in her life, too. 🙂

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
1 year ago

hmmm not usually a fan of the genre but I do like the description. Thanks Sophia Rose

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I’m picky and don’t read erotic romance often, but I do enjoy when it is paired with a strong character element and not just slap dashed together. I thought she did great when it was a novella length.

Himawan Sant
1 year ago

Cool book cover graphics. The story is also read from your review, this book is also interesting.
Greetings from Indonesia.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Himawan Sant

Thank you for the visit, Himawan!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

It takes a talented writer to flesh out characters in a small amount of pages. I’m sure I would’ve liked more than a happy for now ending, but I know it probably felt more realistic. Maybe they get a HEA in future installments? I’ll have to check the series out. I do love a short and hot story from time to time.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

You nailed it, Rachel. The HFN felt authentic since it was only a week at most and two encounters, but the book really sold me that they were going to go the distance. Plus, yes, since the rest of the books are about his siblings, I think there’s a good chance their story will continue in the background. 🙂

Carole's Random Life in Books

I have read this author before and enjoyed it. I would give this one a try.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

I’m glad to know you’ve read her other stuff and loved it. I picked up a different series book one in a freebie event and now I’m looking forward to it.

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

Not my genre, but I think it is always a really great sign from an author when they can develop characters well in a short story. Knowing what there is actually room for is huge. Glad you enjoyed this one!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, she knew when to wrap it up and just how far to stretch the reader’s believe-ability. 🙂

Carole Rae
1 year ago

Mhmmmmm maybe 😉 I do like the sounds of this one.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Yeah, maybe try it if it comes up free again. 🙂

Lover of Romance
1 year ago

This one sounds so delightful, and I love picking up those reads that have been sitting on our shelves. I do love reading lighter BDSM so thank you for putting this on my radar.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

Yes, it was great dusting this one off and finding it engaging. It was sexy without getting uncomfortable for me with its level of BDSM.