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Erotic Adventure Fiction Review: The House by Cassie Alexander

The House by Cassie Alexander

Ecopy thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
The House is a place where all of your desires can be realized -- all you have to do is open the door.

Will you unlock the room with two men waiting to serve you? Or the one with dom inside? Which mask will you choose to wear to the ball? Who will you be for the night – and how many people will you sleep with along the way?

The House is a sexually explicit erotic adventure novel that lets you choose your path. It includes intense scenes of BDSM, bondage, spanking, MMF, FFF, orgies, etc.

The House has a door for everyone inside -- especially you.

This is the first in the Tales from the House Series.

 Amazon kindle US/UK


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You know I'm the one who'd try a book like that without any hesitation. I'm not a prude. And the format, the concept itself was fun. There are series of possible scenarios, and you are put in the heroine's shoes where you have to decide what to do in the end of each scene, which button to press. It's almost like a computer game.

I think, perhaps, this originality was the book's downfall. Because there is a variety of choices, there is no depth to the heroine and the situations she gets into. There is also a limit of scenes, and the gaps in between, the fillers end up being the same no matter where you go, which after a 3th-4th time becomes irritating. 

Despite the variety of sexual topics, the impact on the reader is very superficial. The only true scene I enjoyed was the knife play with the butler. There was just something in there, some sort of a spark. I think if Cassie made a conventional linear story instead, with fully fleshed, deep characters, it would have been so much better. Of course she could have tried to do the same with the current format, but the amount of work would have been mind-boggling... I know Cassie is a great writer, but The House didn't work for me due to aforementioned reasons. So I don't really want to recommend it unless you are in a mood of computer game format in your erotica.

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Не знаю, что вам и сказать, мои дорогие. Касси Александр - хороший автор городского фэнтези, поэтому я взялась за эту книгу без колебаний, однако Дом для меня как читателя не сработал по нескольким причинам.

Во первых, формат книги напоминает компьютерную игру. Читатель решает за героиню на какую кнопку нажать дальше, и от нашего решения зависит последовательность сцен или даже их прохождение в Доме. Да, концепция оригинальна, но она привносит в сюжет большие проблемы, которых лишена нормальная линейная книга: часть промежуточных сцен стаётся одной и той же и читателю приходится перечитывать их по 3-4 раза, что раздражает. 

Во вторых, из-за разорванного сюжета, сцены остаются совершенно поверхностными и герои так и не обрастают глубиной и характером. Читать из-за этого по большей части скучно, и интимные сцены остаются совершенно банальными. Единственная сцена, что мне была интересна -  это дворецкий, угрожающий ножом героине. Тут хоть какая-то искорка была. А так, либо надо было писать обычный эротический роман, либо добавлять глубину каждой сцене, но мне трудно представить какая монументальная задача это была бы для автора. Поэтому, не рекомендую.

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