Review: Taking What’s Naughty by Alexa Riley

Posted November 14, 2016 by Tiffany in 1 Star, Book Reviews, Contemporary, Erotic, Menage / 0 Comments

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Review: Taking What’s Naughty by Alexa RileyTaking What's Naughty
by Alexa Riley

Series: Forced Submission #6
Published by the Author (Self-Published) on December 3, 2015
Sub-Genre/Theme: Contemporary, Erotic, Menage
Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased

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Damon, Remy, and Kellan have had their eyes on Leila from the day she started working at their law firm.

Leila's been playing hard to get, and they're not having it. It's the night of the company Christmas party, and they've decided to take matters into their own hands.

Obsession has taken over, and forcing Leila to accept the three of them is the only way to get what they desire.

WARNING: This book contains forced submission and dubious consent. These themes aren't for everyone, so proceed with caution. If you like your smut at the edge of safe, this filthy story has your name on it!

Taking What’s Naughty is book #6 in Alexa Riley’s Forced Submission series. As you can guess by the name of the series, these are taboo stories that all feature dubious consent. In several of the other books I’ve read in this series, the taboo aspect was actually consensual roleplay; however, in this book, that’s not the case. That, along with the story itself, left me feeling pretty uncomfortable while I was reading–and not in a good way.

Leila is a secretary (Does anyone actually use that term for this type of job anymore?) at a law firm. She has three bosses who are all attorneys: Damon, Remy, and Kellan. Don’t ask me what type of law they practice because it’s not mentioned and frankly, it’s not important. Basically, the plot is this: the three men have been obsessed with Leila since they hired her. On the night of the law firm’s Christmas party, they decide to force themselves on Leila.

ugh, I feel gross just typing that. As I mentioned before, with the other books in this series, the element of roleplay was key to my enjoyment of those books. In those stories, everyone was a CONSENTING adult. But in this book, Leila doesn’t know about the abduction ahead of time. One of the men literally ties Leila up and holds her against her will prior to bringing the other men in, at which point they all have sex with her. Sounds like…rape. Please alert Benson and Stabler from SVU immediately because this is not okay.

Of course, it’s not long into the encounter/assault (take your pick) that Leila discovers she’s actually into it, because of course the attraction is mutual! Not only does she want the man who abducted her, she wants all three of them! A menage ensues, which involves some super kinky sex and ends with declarations of undying love, even though the reader has no basis to go on for this declared love.

I always understand what I’m getting into with Alexa Riley’s books, but this one just left me feeling massively uncomfortable. The lack of true consent, coupled with the constant obsession over impregnating the heroine, just didn’t work for me.

On top of everything else, Leila is a virgin. So her first sexual experience is, in my opinion: A) a rape and B) a menage with not two, but three dudes. Really?

Taking What’s Naughty is my least favorite book in this series. If, like me, you’re a stickler about consent and plausibility of the plot itself, you’ll probably want to avoid this one.

Rating: 1 star

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