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Posted October 4, 2013
4.5 Stars from me!
WOW!!! Now I haven’t had kids, but I have heard stories about what kids can do to your sex life. This book seemed to pretty much hit what I have heard right on the nail. With that being said, I go back to WOW!!!
The erotica part of this story was just off the charts amazing. Are you looking for a hot steamy read? This is one for you completely! It was great to follow along with the steps that Levi was putting Mia though. I also enjoyed how you could tell the chemistry between the two of them, it was extremely realistic.
There were many parts of the story that did stand out to me, and not just the erotica portion of the story.
The emotions that Mia was going through throughout the course of the story are also very realistic. I think that added to the story being able to actually connect with the characters on many levels. Mia and Levi’s characters were really well written in my opinion. There was enough information about their past and their different personalities that we could understand where each character was coming from.
Overall, I think this book was just a great book. And I would completely recommend it to my followers.
Posted October 4, 2013
Sylvia Ryan is a first time author for me and I was immediately drawn in. Once I started I couldn't put the story down. I loved to concept and it felt fresh to me. It wasn't your everyday BDSM story. This was about two people who had life get in the way and to put their sex lives on hold. Not only is this a BDSM romance but it's also an emotional one as well.
Friday Afternoon switches between the main characters point of view. You have Mia who feels as if she is the problem. She beats herself up thinking it's her weight gain or the stress of raising kids. She is determined to find out what it is that has caused them to slow down so much.
Then you have Levi, a Dominant that has had to put himself sexually on the back burner so he could be the bread winner. He works hard to provide for his family but notices a shift in Mia. He realizes that they are no longer the kinky couple they were before life got into the way.
This leads to their Friday Afternoons. In each session together they grow to love each other and want to be with one another again. These meetings rekindle the spark into their marriage. This story shows you how it can be for a couple when life take full control of you and you have to realize what's important.
I loved this story, the shifts from point of view were flawless. I found myself at times tearing up at the raw emotion this story gives. Friday Afternoon is a must read for anyone. It shows you how life can take over and sometimes you just have to put aside a day to rekindle that spark.
Posted September 20, 2013
I enjoy reading about erotic romance and BDSM so I was looking forward to a spicy little novella on a recent afternoon. The leading lady, Mia, begins talking about how their love life used to be BC (you know ~ Before Children lol) and how she was closer to forty than thirty and ~WHOA! I could have sworn she was talking about me and MY LIFE. If Sylvia didn’t have my complete attention before, she did now! Interestingly enough, it appears that our author has been in these same shoes…
The next thing that really caught my eye was when Levi began to share his train of thought while shoveling snow (a nice mundane, family-man kind of thing to do, right?). What I wouldn’t give to be able to get a read on my hubby’s train of thought about our sex life and have it lead that direction!
Now the remainder of the story is wonderful as the husband and wife, rather than seeking fulfillment and excitement elsewhere, find ways to reconnect and draw closer to each other. If BDSM isn’t really your thing (or at least you don’t think it is), no worries as that is a fairly minor part of the story. The book is plenty sexy with lots-o-hotness … fans may be required. *giggle*
Mia and Levi continue to switch off sharing their point of view and that really drew me into the story. I would love to read it with my husband. The story has an extremely personal touch that I adored. If you have been in a relationship for a long time, I really think this book will resonate with you. And if you love a good love story… And if you are a Romance buff… And if you like Jimmy Thomas… And if you read Sylvia Ryan… And…. Get the Picture? *grin*
**Note: I received this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.
Posted September 2, 2013
When I read the synopsis for this book I was immediately intrigued. A longtime married couple, looking to rekindle their sex life? This is a theme that speaks to me on a very personal level - yes, I've been there. In reading Sylvia's comments on the book and how it came about I see that this is a very personal book for her as well, based on her own experience.
While the tag line on the cover reads "BDSM never gets old" I'd have to say that I thought this novella was not so much about the BDSM, and much more about the reconnection between a husband and wife. There is some description of BDSM scenes, but don't be alarmed if you're not into this type of thing...it's pretty mild. Oh, and did I mention that the scenes are oh-so-hot? Sylvia does sex scenes very well and this book is no exception. The addition of personal perspective makes it that much more emotional and heartfelt. And real...this felt so real. As we get the perspective of each partner through the switching POV I could feel their connection growing. It really was beautiful.
I think this is a book that will appeal to any reader who's been in a relationship for awhile...or anyone who's been in a relationship at all. A must-read that I'll be recommending to friends for sure.
It's not often that I can give a novella 5 stars, but making an exception in this case. 5 big heartfelt stars for Friday Afternoon!
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Posted August 31, 2013
FINALLY! A romance book that feels REAL! If you’re like me and want to read a romantic story that isn’t filled with fluff, billionaires or twenty-something year olds, then this is it. A couple, married a few years with kids and the sex life has gone out the window. Now this is a story and couple anyone can relate to. Levi and Mia could be my next-door neighbors. This was simply the most delightful story about rekindling with the one you love. A must read for anyone in love.
Friday Afternoon literally reads like biography about how two people got the spark back into their marriage. Their creative play and secret afternoon meetings was probably some of the best hot erotic sex I have read in a while. Do not let the BDSM intimidate you. It is not the over the top Latex and whips kind. More like what to people might try out for fun. The care and affection Levi and Mia have for one another feel so genuine sometimes I forgot I was reading fiction. Their story is brilliantly told in first-person from both their perspectives so you get to experience their happiness, fears and insecurities. I was so sad to see this book come to an end. I could have happily enjoyed spending every Friday afternoon with them.
I’m chomping at the bit to share Friday Afternoon with my friend. I’m sure they will love it as much as I do. Sylvia Ryan, you have hit this one out of the ballpark!
I received this book from JeepDiva in exchange for my honest review. The opinions and rating of this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.
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