For fans of the dark comedy film Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down comes an erotic exploration in domination and submission where Ivy League students let their naughtiest desires run wild…
If you think my besties Lex, Taddy, and Vive have had some bad luck earlier this year, cut to me at Glamorama. Last thing I remembered was dancing with Diego and Miguel from my English class, when the room started… spinning. And not in a good way! We got sick. Think Regan in The Exorcist. Taddy was rushed to the hospital. Holding on for dear life, I was carried out by the boys and taken back to their dorm.
Now I’m waking up in Diego’s bed and Miguel keeps staring at me from across the room. I’ve wanted to get into these dudes’ pants since the first day of class. But Diego told me he likes to be tied up and—wait for it—spanked. WTF! The news on TV reports that last night we all got roofied. And Vive just texted me saying that someone is out to kill her. Could this semester get any more bizarre? -–Blake Morgan, college freshman, gay best friend, virgin
Ah yes, the days of being young. That is exactly where this story took me. Back to those wild club days and being surrounded by your best friends who along with your own drama could feed an entire story line for a daytime soap opera. You know, the good old days. Well, at least some of mine, from what I remember. That was what originally drew me into the story... but once I was in, I found myself liking what I was reading. To me, that is always a good thing, being not only able to tell a likable story, but to hook the reader and draw them in so that they want more.
Within the story you will not only find yourself liking the main character(s) but the supporting characters as well. There is a certain level of feeling the terror that they go through after being drugged at a nightclub and having the deal with the aftermath. Not just emotionally, but physically... and having their 'underage' experience thrown out to the public eye and more importantly to Blake's family. Yikes, can you imagine? "Oh hey, mom and dad, not only was I hanging in a club that I had no business being in, but I was drugged and could have died." Yeah... that kinda happens, but the way it all goes down in the story, is well played out and totally believable. That in itself gives a whole new dynamic to the story. Even with all the events that play out, there is a realness to it all, and that is what balances the story out.
I have to say, I enjoyed the story. I don't believe that there was any aspect I found myself disappointed in, and with a short story, that is a big deal to me. I either find myself thinking that something was missing, or that the story fell short, or rather that it was ended abruptly and wrapped up a little too fast and none of that happened in this book.
If you are looking for something short and sweet to try, pick up "XO, Blake" and begin to immerse yourself into Avery Aster's world. You won't be disappointed.