Velvet Guild Episode 1

Velvet Guild Episode 1

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Each episode is a kinky escape you can devour in an hour with an ensemble cast of six very unique BDSM enthusiasts. "Realistic BDSM. It's well-written, fast-paced, and hot. Keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time." 

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Each episode is a kinky escape you can devour in an hour with an ensemble cast of six very unique BDSM enthusiasts. "Realistic BDSM. It's well-written, fast-paced, and hot. Keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time." 

Meet Aimee: A single mom barely scraping by, raising a teenager alone. To make ends meet she decides to teach willing couples the darker arts in the bedroom using a house party demonstration format. A submissive in the bedroom, but a fearless entrepreneur outside it, she is driven to create success for herself and a better life for her daughter Raven.

Jagger: Aimee's current Dom and best friend, a retired special ops military dog handler, and unlikely BDSM 101 instructor.

Asher: An erotic art dealer desperate to break into the closed doors of wealth and power. A bi-sexual chameleon, who identifies as a switch.

Zaya: A bi-racial dominatrix who is willing to push her subs' boundaries for the right reasons.

Trixie: The 67 year old owner of Underground Bound, providing pleasure in all forms for herself and her clients. Knowing this lifestyle is a lifetime desire, you can never stop craving.

James: A gray hat hacker, who has history with Aimee, but is consumed by his need for revenge against the wealthy. He takes his angst out on fresh willing partners that he finds online.

Desperate times……call for sexy solutions.
Aimee is panicking, feeling like a middle-aged failure, barely scraping by, raising a teenager alone. She is also a submissive who yearns to be dominated in the bedroom.

As she scans the help wanted ads, she overhears a table of sexually frustrated housewives complaining about their perfect lives.Could she introduce these women to the BDSM lifestyle through a house party format? Instead of game night, it could be blindfolds and bite marks.

After all, sex sells, and they have the money to pay. Velvet Guild is perfect for erotic romance readers who are BDSM curious, with just the right amount of bondage, and domination but none of the humiliation.

5.0 out of 5 stars   Finally - the reality of BDSM    Can I just type 'Love it' 100 times? Cause I do! Can't wait to read the next installments. This book illustrated BDSM on a real level - the facts. Not abuse and "freakish", but the emotions, the power, the deep enjoyment from things that don't necessarily have to be painful. Great stuff!

5.0 out of 5 stars  Fantastic Fantasy!   Wow! This is what the world needs right now! Excellent storytelling, racy subject matter, fantasy and fun! I could not stop reading and can’t wait for the next episode. Ninya is a gifted writer and I look forward to seeing how this story develops. Give me MORE!

5.0 out of 5 stars  This review is long so, if you aren't interested in the rest, I ADORE this series! The thing about reviews is they are always subjective. It doesn’t really matter that I like a book if what you like is different. For that reason, I am going to share a bit about me.

1. I have 19 years in the lifestyle, am both a service and bedroom submissive, and have been with my Master for five years.
2. I loved The Secretary, thought the Beauty series was ridiculous but fun, have a favorite scene in O (pillars feature prominently!), and wish I could live in the Marketplace (can I be Robin please?)
3. I think Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns; Conquer Me; and SM 101 should be mandatory reading.
4. I ABSOLUTELY DESPISE both book and movie versions of 50 Shades as well as the movie, The Pet. Not only are they HORRIBLE representations of something very much NOT lifestyle, they are dangerous to follow. I am not a fan of using the word literally for everything, but they are LITERALLY DANGEROUS!
5. I am not a big fan of serials. I don’t tend to watch TV shows until there are several seasons out (or they all drop at once, blessings to Netflix). I want my story NOW. I don’t want to have to wait until next week much less next MONTH!

With that out of the way…

I came across Velvet Guild when Episode Three was about to come out because Amazon and Goodreads both thought I would find it interesting. It related these books to 50 Shades (which I think does Velvet Guild a great disservice), and for that reason alone, I passed. I had a brief glimmer of hope but was afraid of being let down yet again.

When Episode Four came out, I saw a review that said Velvet Guild was a “…terrific explanation of the BDSM lifestyle…”. Remembering how crushed I was after the same B.S. for The Pet and 50 Shades, again, I passed. I did, however, sign up for Ninya’s newsletter, thinking I might get a better sense of who she was and what she did or did not know. My desire for relatable reading material being stronger than my self-preservation, apparently.

When Episode Five was about to come out, it happened to coincide with my considering trying Kindle Unlimited. When I saw all the episodes were free on KU, I figured I would risk my heart (but not my money).

I reluctantly read the first episode, then I read the second, then discovered my husband was waking up as I finished Episode Five.

Then I went and bought them outright, and preordered what Amazon would let me.

Holy Shit!

The characters had qualities I have OR people I know have. I related with not one or two but several characters. I have felt the feelings Ninya describes, and feel her words were sometimes precisely what I might have said. I identify with the silence Aimee talks about. I identify with the life and struggles and choices of the single mother.
I would give just about anything to play with Jagger (who is admittedly too good to be true but is MUCH better than the sexy billionaire trope ::insert gagging noises here::). I sense the danger in some situations before the author reveals it, because we have all dealt with one of THOSE “true dom” nutjobs.

I love that this story talks about the different ways people might find and live this lifestyle, and NONE of them are because someone was abused as a child, or tricked, or kidnapped, or somehow working out their mental health issues.

I love that the books show both sides, and can’t wait until other facets are included (I sense them coming!) to see those facets shine through as just as valid as the “sex play” parts.

I love that the scenes are realistic, (no hanging anally from protrusions on a wall) sexy, and aren’t filled with ridiculous euphemisms for the human body.

I love the sense of weaving, how you just know some of the stories will come together, but without being slapped in the face with it. Little hints here are there, until you see the threads pulling together. It is delicious.

Finally, I love that it is well written. I am not stumbling over lousy writing, poor grammar, and sloppy punctuation. As both a writer and an editor, so much of what COULD be fun or interesting ends up being a chore to slog my way through. The author is obviously early in her career (and still learning the voices of her characters), but she is increasing her skill in leaps and bounds. As far as whomever her editor is… I may need to hire them myself!

I hate that it is a serial.

Overall, if you are in the lifestyle, interested in the lifestyle, or interested in hot scenes with an actual plot, these are for you.

5.0 out of 5 stars Naughty    Very well written, great characters!

5.0 out of 5 stars Continue to grow    Am enjoying seeing the characters grow and develop. The down to earth and straight format keeps me reading. Thanks for your hard work.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!    I couldn’t put this book down! Keeps you wanting to read more. The ending about did me in with the ‘to be continued’. Cant wait for the next series!

5.0 out of 5 stars I can’t put this book down!     Love, love, love the fast paced writing, it keeps you engaged and wanting more. The characters are developed slowly and methodically, in a strategic timeline to give you just enough information and also keep you wanting to learn more about them. Each episode gives bursts of eye opening, jaw dropping steaminess, but then brings you right back into the everyday lives of these characters and their relationships. This series is so good I never want it to end!

5.0 out of 5 stars Totally hooked now     Ok now I’m hooked! I enjoyed the first installment enough to go ahead with book 2 , but now I want it in sets. It’s addictive, high-octane, hot and steamy fun. The different storylines all showcasing unique lifestyles work well together. It’s an excellent representation of the best lifestyle- something for everyone. This is definitely a winning combination.

5.0 out of 5 stars   Definitely hooked!     Pre-ordered the next one. Really enjoying this series and can't wait for the next installment. Love the concept of a school of BDSM, too. Great character development as well!

5.0 out of 5 stars    Riveting example of BDSM!     The author gives a terrific explanation of the BDSM lifestyle. It is an awesome read. Well written, informative and hot. I loved it. Greatly anticipating Velvet Guild 2. Although it is extremely well written I find it difficult to endorse the price of the book considering the limited number of pages. That said, it is a super read.

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful character development    Thoughtful character development that is usually lacking in this type of romance novel. Also keeps a breakneck pace that has the reader on the edge of her seat the whole time. Even people with little patience for reading will be enthralled. Ninya takes you into a new world where the woman is finally empowered to be the leader in a BDSM relationship, instead of a weak, innocent, doe-eyed dolt.

 5.0 out of 5 stars  Love the idea of the serialized novel — I’ve pre-ordered the 2nd “Episode”!     The most important thing to know about this story is that it is well-written, with developed characters, good dialogue and an interesting premise and plot. Because (let’s be honest), I wouldn’t necessarily expect those things from most self-published erotica. This author has chosen a unique approach to a niche genre and she has knocked it out of the park. I’ve pre-ordered the next Episode!

5.0 out of 5 stars   Great first work!    A page turner! Intriguing characters! Effortless to read which is appreciated these days! Ninya showed she can write and that she has a continuing future as an author.

5.0 out of 5 stars      Hooked after the first pages!     Very well written with interesting characters. As soon as I was done reading, I immediately ordered the next episode!

5.0 out of 5 stars       Great story!     I really enjoyed the story. It wasn’t based around the racy stuff, following the characters through very interesting and real situations makes this series a real page-turner. The style of writing really lends itself to the pace of the story, and welcome reading many more!

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