Review: Blushing Violet by Ann Mayburn

Filed in 4 1/2 Stars , Ann Mayburn , featured , Review , The Latin Lover Posted on April 12, 2012 @ 12:00 pm 6 comments

Format read: ebook copy provided by author
Release Date: 18 November 2011
Number of pages:
110 pages
Formats available: ebook
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author’s Website, Amazon


Shy and quirky Violet Bishop has finally found the perfect way to meet a man who could fulfill her hidden submissive desires, something that she has never dared to ask her conservative and uptight ex-boyfriends to do. She joins an on-line matchmaking site that puts couples together based on the books that they love, in this case the BDSM erotica that lines her bookshelves.

Two Dominant best friends and business partners, Carlos Romano and Morgan Kane, are matched with Violet. They both want to date her and rather than fight about it they decide to keep the fact that they know each other away from her and let her pick who she wants to be with. A good idea in theory but something that become impossible as they both fall in love with Violet and wish to make her their own.

Carlos and Morgan work on building up Violet’s almost non-existent self-esteem and help her find an inner strength she never knew she had, along with an almost bottomless craving for their dominant touch. When Violet discovers they have been lying to her, the men realize that they have made her strong enough to leave them, and they have to find a way to win their perfect woman back, no matter what.
If he thought it would be smooth sailing, he was sadly mistaken.

My Thoughts: Blushing Violet is one of those stories you just gobble up. I started reading it, savoring the characters, the slow and sensual explorations but befrore long I couldn’t stop and read it until Carlos, Morgan Violet’s story came to an end.

Blushing Violet starts off in a quite ordinary way, one that even us real life, ordinary women could imagine: having had enough of loneliness and wanting to finally take a daring step, shy and girl-next-door young woman submits her profile description into a matchmaking site looking for a man who would suit her sexual tastes based on her favourite books.

Every woman wanted to be worshiped, she just wanted to be tied up and spanked when it happened.

Violet can’t believe her luck when instantly the system gives her two perfect match: Carlos and Morgan.

Carlos and Morgan are good friends and business partners, both dominant alpha males. They realize quite soon that the woman of their dreams is the very same Violet. As neither of them wants to give her up or fight and ruin their friendship they settle on letting Violet get to know them (separately) and choose between them. But Violet has no idea of Carlos and Morgan’s agreement and she feels awful and guilty for being attracted to two men and having the feelings they evoke in her.

Violet is a great character,  a heroine every woman can relate to: she is ordinary, naive and a bit shy, has body issues, her self-confidence is tattered and she can’t resist her attraction to these two larger than life sexy and handsome men, and her torment at being torn between two men was realistic and believable.

Carlos and Morgan were interesting characters. They were very different yet both of them was charming and handsome, and what made me melt was how both of them respected and cherished Violet. Despite the dom/sub dynamic they treated her with tenderness and utter care, rebuilding her trust and self-confidence. (At times I even found them a bit too sappy and in too sharp contrast with their macho dom personalities.)

“I carried you because I wanted to carry you. You feel good in my arms and I enjoy having all that softness pressed up against me.”

Blushing Violet is as hot as they come, but seeing this is a novel by Ann Mayburn you should expect no less, the scorching scenes and heart palpitations are a given. One aspect of Blushing Violet I enjoyed a lot was humour, and it came as a surprise with Violet’s vulnerability.

“We’ll wait as long as you want, do anything to earn your trust back.”
The proper thing to do would be to make them grovel and beg, ignore and punish them until she had her emotional vengeance. Good thing she wasn’t a proper woman.
“Your place or mine?”

Verdict: Blushing Violet is a titillating and romantic hot erotica story I enjoyed reading a lot!

I give Blushing Violet 4.5 stars!

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About Stella

Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • aurian April 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

    What a great review! And I would have loved reading this, if I could skip the erotic scenes 🙂 And still you really tempt me to give it a try.

    • Stella April 13, 2012 at 10:31 am

      Wow, that is indeed something if I tempt YOU the anti-erotica reader 😉 But an erotica novel without erotic scenes would be quite unusual 😀 lol

  • Tamsyn April 14, 2012 at 3:12 am

    I love the blurb and the review. This really sounds like a great book and I would love to read this. I can really related to Violet regarding body issues! :o)

  • sienny April 15, 2012 at 7:55 am

    i’m not a fan of BDSM. and the cover is one that make me affraid to pick this one up, but the blurbs is kinda of tempt me to read it. choices.. choices..

    • Stella April 17, 2012 at 3:33 am

      I agree Sienny, the cover doesn’t exactly suit the story, as Blushing Violet is a much softer and sweeter story. Besides the steamy scenes tender emotions and caring are involved as well, which you wouldn’t necessarily expect based on the black leather hardcore BDSM cover.

  • Ann Mayburn April 16, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    I personally love the image, but it really doesn’t do the book justice. It is a much softer, more sensual slide of BDSM. Don’t get me wrong, the men are all Alpha, but our leading lady has a kick ass side to her personality that begins to come through. Give it at chance, at the very least you will walk away knowing that you read an award winning BDSM romance. 😉

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