Monday, April 20, 2015

Review: House of Sin (Part 1) by Vince Stark

Series: House of Sin 1
Release Date: April 18, 2015
Publisher: Vince Stark
Genre: Erotica
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★ ½

***HOUSE OF SIN is a two-part erotica series that contains extremely explicit sex told from the male POV. If you are sensitive to scenes that include unsafe sexual practices, multiple partners, dubious consent, orgies, sex clubs, bondage, violence, drugs, coarse language and cliffhangers, this isn't the book for you.*** 

You say you want to know what's going on in a man's head during sex? Well, Jack Willow is about to take you on a wild ride.

Hot, obsessive, and emotionally unavailable, Jack's a man who's always gotten what he wants . But when he meets a naive, young girl named Leah and pulls her into the seedy underbelly of an underground sex club, he not only gets what he wants, he gets more than he bargained for. Jack's secret world is built on darkness and depravity and the further Leah gets involved in his house of sin, the more she craves it. The more she needs it. And the more dangerous it gets. 

Unfortunately, the sex that brings them together is also the sex that could tear them apart. 

The male point of view is something I've always been fascinated by.  The male mind seems so different than the females. More simple, straight forward, less ... I don't know, flowery.  House of Sin is proof of that, but not in a bad way.

Jack Willow is a little bit adrenaline junky, a little bit sexual deviant, quite a bit more of a sexual addict and ultimately, all male.  Confident and non-committal.

 The truth is my whole life has been a battle between us, my cock and me.

The only part of him that changes when he meets Leah is the commitment part. He may have finally found a woman he want's for more that just a quick nut. Leah is so many of the things Jack is not. She's not experienced the city's sexual underbelly as Jack has. She's a little wholesome and submissive but with an inner desire to have some taboo experiences.

As Jack becomes more smitten, he also becomes more apprehensive with the idea of Leah playing out these desires. But who is he, being a manwhore of sorts, to stop her inner vixen from living a little?

I think what I appreciated most about Jack is that though he has some predatory urges, he does not really want to victimize women. He searches for women that are like him. Who have sexual desires that are bit off center, who have that need for sexual release just to be able to focus...he does not really want to dirty up something clean he just wants to the little stains inside those seemingly clean things to have a moment to shine without shame.

I thought, while reading House of Sin, that I had Jack figured out.  But the end has me re-thinking so much of it.  The twist has me evaluating all his actions in a new light, which I appreciate. I could go back to the start, re-read and have an entirely new experience with this new information, I think.

While the writing is a bit on the simple side, perhaps a little repetitive, it worked well enough for the story being told. I enjoyed my ride through Jack's mind and eagerly await part two.

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