NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

Honey Series Book One

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Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one’s deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.



The Deep End promises to be something altogether different than what KA usually provides us with, but I assure you that it still retains the magical beauty of a KA book; it’s just a whole heck of a lot kinkier than anything she’s ever written. And that kink? It isn’t for kink’s sake, but rooted into each character because it is them, not just what they enjoy doing. Therein lies the specific allure of this book.

The erotic element in this novel is strong and wild, taking me to places I’ve never read nor expected to go. But KA carried me into it with finesse and care, never losing me in the process. Some may consider it too deeply rooted in the sexual aspect, but I see it as a powerful part to the character development because both Amelie and Olivier are led by their worries and insecurities. Anyone with any sort of kink feels different from the rest of the world, even surrounded by those who are similar. Both seek to find inner peace, and a home not only within oneself but with another who can assist in blocking out the outside world. The connection between these two are much deeper than sexual, and each sexual moment between the two gives them just a bit more into accepting who they are, what they require for mental and emotional sustenance. It’s powerful, really.

Olivier is the alpha we expect of a KA hero; him being an alpha-sub doesn’t diminish that. If possible, he’s even more alpha because he can submit. Amelie reminded me of Josephine from The Will. She’s cultured, poised, and searching for something her life hasn’t given her yet. Kristen Ashley wrote a woman who can be strong enough to handle the softness of a man letting go of his alpha qualities, even if just for awhile. And that, right there, is beautiful.

I know this novel won’t be for everyone and it can feel like a huge step outside of your comfort zone, but if you’re willing to open your mind, KA will take you on an amazing journey. The connection these two share underneath everything, the little nuances we’re shown here and there that are given without words, is truly inspiring to read. These two are sweet, romantic…and filled with love to give. The Deep End will challenge you and push your boundaries, but in the end, the journey is beyond worth it. I can’t imagine another author taking me there and I’m incredibly happy KA did because she created one hell of a love story.


As he slowly closed the door behind him and moved his eyes to look through the room, taking it in, she watched them get wide.

They dropped to her and his amusement was clear. Not only radiating from his gaze but twitching his lips.

Another unusual—and unacceptable—reaction.

He thought this was funny.

She hoped like fuck she had the opportunity to prove him wrong.

She crossed her arms on her chest and slightly put out a foot, like she was about to start tapping her toe. In the wrap dress she wore, she knew this opened the overlap, not exposing anything, but the promise for him was impossible to resist.

His attention dropped to her legs.

“In the playrooms,” she began with a snap, and his gaze cut to hers, “I want eye contact. Unless otherwise instructed, you should not only feel free to look me directly in the eyes, if I’m in your line of sight or I’m not giving you something that your body’s natural reaction would make it difficult to meet my gaze, I require it.”

She stood there staring as he did nothing but dip his chin in acknowledgment.


Exceptionally cheeky.


“Unless I’ve asked for their silence or for them to ask for leave to speak, I also require my toys to respond when they’re spoken to. Even if it’s only a ‘yes, Mistress,’ or ‘no, Mistress.’”

His stance relaxed, like he was settling in at the beginning of a show he found vaguely intriguing, and his deep rumble of a voice bounced like boulders through the room. “Yes, Mistress.”

Christ, even his voice declared his challenge.

“Excellent,” she allowed. “Your name?”

“Olivier,” he answered.


Also unusual, at least in this country. And interesting.

She liked it a great deal.

She studied him.

He let her, holding her eyes.

“I’m Mistress Amélie,” she eventually informed him.

“I know. You got a lotta fans out there…Mistress.”

The hesitation over him saying “Mistress” gave less of the impression he was testing her and more of the strange impression the word was unpracticed when, with any experienced sub, it would slip right off their tongue.

She made no comment to that.

“There are things we should go over,” she remarked.

“Right,” he stated, his big body adjusting again, now like he was settling in further, intent on giving her the same attention he would a flight attendant who gave the safety address.

That being no more than a courtesy.

She fought the shiver his actions created but allowed the irritation.

“Your safe word is kitten,” she stated.

“Yes, Mistress.”

“You’re open to any kind of play,” she went on.

“Yes, Mistress.”

“It’s important and now’s the time to share should there be anything you wish me to shy away from, Olivier. Especially as this is the first time I’ve played with you.”

Something in his eyes flashed. Blue eyes that were the color of nothing and everything. Not sky. Not sea. Not midnight. A pure blue that only existed in the unchartable depths of a rainbow.

She felt that flash snake up between her thighs, taking residence in her womb.

He wanted this conversation done so she would play with him. He wanted the preliminaries over so they’d get to the good stuff.

He wanted her.

She stared into those blue eyes and for a moment felt mesmerized.

For God’s sake, Leigh, she berated herself in an effort to pull it together. Rainbow?

“Olivier,” she prompted.

“I’m open to anything,” he confirmed.




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The Farthest Edge

Honey Series Book Two

Release Date: June 6, 2017

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Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.
Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.


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