Honey, Honey by Rebel Carter is a BDSM romance book, where I honestly would not be surprised if you could already feel the heat coming at you.
Our book starts at a little coffee shop where a “Karen” is being incredibly cruel to our lovely heroine, Honey. You ever meet one of those people in your day-to-day real life, that they are so kind. And not the “I want something from someone” kind, but the absolute sincere, wants what’s best for you, kind. Because if you have, that is Honey. We are rapidly thrust into this situation and unable to defend Honey ourselves. Thankfully, our Hero, or should I say Daddy, Lawson is there and he saves the day by telling a bit of a lie. What is that lie you ask? That he and Honey are engaged. It was an interesting start to the book, and after reading it, I don’t know that I could imagine it starting any other way.
Whenever I see a book that involved BDSM, I am always a bit leery. Mainly because nine times out of ten, when it is a BDSM book, the characters that are involved with BDSM are terribly damaged from their past and that is why they like BDSM. I cannot even count at this point, how many books I have read where the character is into BDSM and says something along the lines of “You don’t deserve me and my darker needs.” And then said character is magically fixed by love and is no longer into BDSM. Yes, I am rolling my eyes writing that because I am so sick of it! Thankfully, Rebel does not write anything like that. Instead, since we do read this book from both Lawson and Honey’s point of view, we get to see what both are into, what they both want, and how they are both happy and satisfied. It isn’t one person trying to convince another to try it. They both know what they want, and they can fulfill those wants for the other person. It was so nice to read!
Another nice thing in this book, is that Honey has an asshole boyfriend who was also into BDSM, and his name was Christian. I have no idea if the author read Fifty Shades of Gray, or what her opinion on it may be. But I do know that that book was rather toxic and had a pretty crappy portrayal of BDSM. So, whether or not it was intentional, I deeply appreciated that little bit of shade being thrown at that book series.
Obviously as this is a romance book, it does center around the romance. But the author really took the time to flesh out the characters and their side relationships. For instance, the friendship between Honey and Tiffany, is so incredibly sweet. Not only is it sweet, it is realistic. I have had the same conversations with my friends. It was clear that the author loved the side characters, just as much as the main characters.
The worst part about this book, was the ending. It just ends. I didn’t realize it was going to be ending, but it does. And then (if you are reading the eBook) given a glimpse into book two. Which, there is a book two. I will be honest; I was not expecting a book two to happen. There were barely enough plot points to give us a cliff hanger for book two, which I was not thrilled with.
Overall – this is a good book, and I love the honest portrayal of the BDSM community and what the characters like and are into. Oftentimes I read books like this and there is this odd aura of shame surrounding it, which I cannot stand. I deeply appreciate that the author took the time show this. However, I was not happy that the book just ended. It just ends! I wish the author had set it up a bit more and gave us a bit more to look forward to in the next book.
Plot – 8/10
Characters – 8/10
Originality – 10/10
General Joy of Reading – 7/10
Overall Score – 33/40
Honey, Honey: The Cairn Series– Rebel Carter
Cost* – $4.99 on Kindle or $15.00 for paperback. This book is included on Kindle Unlimited.
*Cost is based upon what the book cost when book review is published