Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: The Club
AUTHOR: A.L. Brooks
PUBLISHER: Ylva Publishing
LENGTH: 288 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 20, 2016
Welcome to The Club—leave your inhibitions and your everyday cares at the door and indulge yourself in an evening of anonymous, no-strings, woman-on-woman action.
For many of the women who visit The Club this is exactly what they are looking for and what they get. For others the emotions run high, and one night of sex can change their lives in ways they couldn’t have imagined. For Lou, her weekly visits to The Club enable her to set aside her shyness and loneliness and feel intimacy, however briefly. For Kath, caring for her mother at home, The Club is a welcome relief from her everyday toil; while Max needs distraction from her troubled relationship, even as she tries to tell herself she isn’t really cheating. Tania and Jacky find an outlet for a tricky block in their sex life. Cassie and Nina, bar staff at The Club, find themselves staying on after hours. And finally, Stephanie, struggling with her sexuality, finds her life changing in so many ways once she plucks up courage to enter.
The lives of these women intersect in ways they don’t realize, and watching over them all is Mandy— the owner, whose own ghosts play a pivotal role in the existence of The Club.
Welcome to The Club indeed. What a story. Let me tell you this is far from another run of the mill story in the sea of e-books. It commanded my attention from start to finish. In fact, initially, I found myself back tracking a few times until I got a grip on who was who, not literally – more’s the shame.
The prologue kicks off in 1993 then jumps to present day, chapter 2 returns to 1997, then forward, then back to 2001… okay you get the picture, the story has a shifting timeline. It’s told mostly in present day but there are a number of flashbacks. Although Mandy is the main character, I think, many of the other ladies took up residence in my heart and soul.
For 65% I was sure this would be a 5 star read, then there was a scene with Mandy and her friend Rebecca that left me cold. Sure, it explained how she came about having the club, but in my humble opinion the scene needed to be expanded upon further, or ideally not so much. Cryptic I know but to say more would involve spoilers.
As the title suggests, the book is set in a club so there’s a lot of sex, but in saying that this is far from porn with plot, there’s a riveting story here as well. There’s voyeurism, exhibitionism, plenty of strap-on fun, mild BDSM. Or should I say domination and submission? After one D/s scene the heroine stated she avoided the red room as she wasn’t into BDSM, that con-fuddled me a little.
If you have an aversion to the C word it might pay to sidestep this one. I don’t mind the word Cunt or Clit, but I did start singing cunt, cunt, clit… clit, cunt, clit.
What makes a story a kick-ass read for me is one that gives me the ‘feels’, most people who read should know what that means. And this one had my heart a flutter, my girlie bits tingling, and pouting when I had to put my kindle down. I was totally invested in the characters and plot.
I highly recommend ‘The Club’ to readers who enjoy reading engaging ‘lesbian erotica’.