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Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books we are adding to our shelves, whether they be physical or digital. This includes books bought (my wife would say I buy too many), borrowed (a rare occurrence), and received for review (which I’m trying to reign in).

Review Titles

Just the one review title this week, but I’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival for weeks, especially after having had the chance to chat with the author about her real-life inspiration!

The Story of Simon by Rachel Loewen

“Oh God, Kate, what the hell have you talked me into?”
“Only the best night of your entire life, Simon, and you can thank me later…”

Simon knows nothing about the fetish scene. His only experience with dominant women was his last girlfriend. But that taste has left him longing for more. He dreams of meeting a Mistress to help him explore his interest in femdom. After a drunken confession to his friend, Kate, she persuades him to join her at a BDSM club. Innocent and out of his depth, what would possibly go wrong?

Simon hopes this exotic new world will offer him everything he craves. Too shy to find a partner, he lets Kate push him into another bad decision – signing up for the slave auction. Falling into dangerous hands, he becomes a pawn in a terrifying game.

Will chasing his fantasies bring Simon everything he desires, or will he live to regret it?

New Acquisitions: Paperback Treasures

Some exciting acquisitions on the paperback front this week, but bittersweet as well – we discovered a used bookstore we’d never been to . . . just in time for it to close forever.

A David Gibbins book I don’t have always catches my eye, so Crusader Gold was a must-buy. This one promises lost gold and lost history, with Jack Howard digging into the mysteries of ancient Rome, the Vikings, and the Nazis.

I’ve never heard of Henry Shukman before, and the cover of The Lost City was hardly eye-catching, but it was shelved with the right books to catch my eye – and I love the idea of a young man wandering off in search of the lost capital of an ancient, vanished Peruvian empire.

The real treasures, however, were to be uncovered in a box beneath the romance shelves. Whenever we discover a used bookstore, I go in with this secret wish that, somewhere in the back, I’ll find a box of old Nexus paperbacks – and that wish was finally granted.

A small selection, with only a few I needed for my shelves, but I was so excited to pick up The Pleasure Principle & Dark Delights by Maria Del Rey, and New Erotica 5 with stories from Penny Birch, Aishling Morgan, Maria del Rey and (one of my all-time favorites) Jennifer Jane Pope.

I’d completely forgotten about the old Sapphire imprint, even though I had several on my shelf back in the day, so I Married Madam by D Adams was a nice discovery!

New Acquisitions: Digital Titles

Just two digital purchases this week . . .

Dragon by Valerie Tate (a Canadian author!) was a total accidental discovery, a mystery about fossilized dinosaur bones and antiquities that I couldn’t resist.

I’ve wanted to read the Arabella Ashby novels for quite a while now, so when a Twitter friend (thank you, AshOck!) tipped me off to the heavily discounted The Adventures of Arabella Ashby collection by David D. Levine, well . . . I just had to have it!

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