Tom Benson, without being overly disgusting with his description in the sex scenes portrays Give & Take as sensual. His command of the written word enables him to depict BDSM, ménage, gay and lots more in a subtle way that allows female readers to relate to the story.
This was an interesting read for me because it’s soooooo very far from my normal genres. Yes, I sometimes read NA, but I wouldn’t say this falls into the same category.
Nick and Kristen have been together for a while now but they’re having problems in the bedroom. Nick is too selfish and Kristen isn’t adventurous enough. Nick doesn’t seem to think anythings wrong but Kristen knows she must take action if she’s going to keep her relationship from imploding altogether. So she does what we’d all do (if we were a little insane) she drugs him and takes him to a place where he can spend a week having sexual experiences with people that aren’t her – all while she explores her own sexuality.
It sounds very strange, doesn’t it? Well, it is – but in a good way. The story unexpectedly turns into a tale of finding yourself rather than just a tale of sex like so many erotica stories these days. Nick and Kristen must fully know themselves before they can be happy with each other. What they find surprises them but it doesn’t scare them away from each other. It only makes them stronger.
When I decided to try something new and give this book a chance, I didn’t expect to like it so much. I didn’t expect it to really make me think. Nick isn’t a particularly likable character but that didn’t even matter. He left the house a better man than he was when he entered it and that was the point. Mr. Benson’s writing is just fantastic. I can’t wait to read more of his work.
From inhibitions to desires
Be prepared to be taken out of your comfort zone with this book. Fans of erotica certainly won’t be disappointed in the variety of sexual activities and fantasies included. I’m no expert but I suspect there’s a little something here to satisfy most tastes, naughty and nice.
For readers like me, who are not quite so familiar with this genre, the term erotica really doesn’t do it justice. With this book, you get real characters and a fascinating plot as well as the obvious salacious naughtiness. The main characters were very believable; I detested Nick, found Kirsten endearing and loved Lauren. If there were to be a sequel to this book, I would like to see it centred around Lauren and her experiences working at the clinic.
At times Nick’s thoughts and reactions were a little explicit for my liking, taking me well beyond my comfort zone. These graphic scenes however, provided a good contrast to the sensual experiences of his girlfriend Kirsten as she tentatively explored her own desires. Some chapters are perhaps more suited to a male reader but all are written in a manner sensitive to a female reader.
I already have Tom Benson’s other books downloaded and look forward to reading his work in different genres.