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Finding her job at risk after an embarrassing mishap, Isabelle is forced to embark on a path to physical fitness, a path, she soon finds, she can't traverse alone. Seeking out a trainer to help her change her body she finds herself in the grasp of the dominant, mischievous and oh so infuriating Rachel. Isabelle quickly learns that changing her body won't be her only challe Finding her job at risk after an embarrassing mishap, Isabelle is forced to embark on a path to physical fitness, a path, she soon finds, she can't traverse alone. Seeking out a trainer to help her change her body she finds herself in the grasp of the dominant, mischievous and oh so infuriating Rachel. Isabelle quickly learns that changing her body won't be her only challenge when she finds herself becoming attracted to Rachel, of all people. Temptations she'd never imagined possible dazzle her at every turn making it difficult to know which way is up. Soon Isabelle is involved in a full fledged relationship with the enigmatic trainer, and before she fully understands her feelings toward Rachel they're already being tested. Isabelle's job was always on the line but when Rachel's is also threatened the two must come together like never before. A journey of sex, romance and struggle ensues as the two women are destined to rise or fall together. Can their fledgling relationship survive the road ahead? With Isabelle’s whole world turning upside down the only lifeline is a sexy, naughty, bitchy domme and the tiger within herself that she intends to drag out into the light.


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Finding her job at risk after an embarrassing mishap, Isabelle is forced to embark on a path to physical fitness, a path, she soon finds, she can't traverse alone. Seeking out a trainer to help her change her body she finds herself in the grasp of the dominant, mischievous and oh so infuriating Rachel. Isabelle quickly learns that changing her body won't be her only challe Finding her job at risk after an embarrassing mishap, Isabelle is forced to embark on a path to physical fitness, a path, she soon finds, she can't traverse alone. Seeking out a trainer to help her change her body she finds herself in the grasp of the dominant, mischievous and oh so infuriating Rachel. Isabelle quickly learns that changing her body won't be her only challenge when she finds herself becoming attracted to Rachel, of all people. Temptations she'd never imagined possible dazzle her at every turn making it difficult to know which way is up. Soon Isabelle is involved in a full fledged relationship with the enigmatic trainer, and before she fully understands her feelings toward Rachel they're already being tested. Isabelle's job was always on the line but when Rachel's is also threatened the two must come together like never before. A journey of sex, romance and struggle ensues as the two women are destined to rise or fall together. Can their fledgling relationship survive the road ahead? With Isabelle’s whole world turning upside down the only lifeline is a sexy, naughty, bitchy domme and the tiger within herself that she intends to drag out into the light.

30 review for Beauty and the Bitch: A BDSM Lesbian Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    lov2laf

    This is another read where I have a mixed reaction and I have a hard time articulating my thoughts. And, except for knowing that other readers enjoyed this book, I went into this as a blind read, not reading the blurb or knowing the plot. What I got is that "Beauty and the Bitch" reads like a real-life fantasy world (i.e. no dragons but definitely stepped into a soft-porn type feel). It is a mix of humor, romance, BDSM, erotica, and fitness guide. It also has this weird tone that it shouldn't be This is another read where I have a mixed reaction and I have a hard time articulating my thoughts. And, except for knowing that other readers enjoyed this book, I went into this as a blind read, not reading the blurb or knowing the plot. What I got is that "Beauty and the Bitch" reads like a real-life fantasy world (i.e. no dragons but definitely stepped into a soft-porn type feel). It is a mix of humor, romance, BDSM, erotica, and fitness guide. It also has this weird tone that it shouldn't be taken seriously but, then again, it should. <-- I hope that makes sense. The book starts out promising where our lead character is a mousy, nerd-like, sexually inexperienced, relationship challenged librarian. Good so far, yeah? She quickly meets up with her love interest, Rachel, the personal trainer she hires to whip her into shape (yeah, that's a pun) so that she can eventually beef up to lug around the 40 lbs of books her job requires of her. And, it turns out Rachel is into BDSM. The ladies have a mutual attraction and, boom, BDSM lesbian romance. The romance is sweet and authentic but not particularly deep. The librarian and personal trainer do have some fun chemistry, though. The erotica is scattered here and there because it isn't actually porn. There is a plot. And BDSM is given a spotlight but also just skimmed. For one reason or another, my BDSM reading shelf has grown, and I find a lot of communication, negotiation, rules, and intimacy are included in those books in order for the relationship to be healthy. There were quite a few BDSM acts in this and I think the author had the intention of normalizing it but, at the same time, it was glossed over. The BDSM scenes just happened. There wasn't talk about boundaries, feelings, or structure other than "I liked it", "More of that, please", "You're good at this", "Sure, I'll try that", "Surprise! We're doing this". It's all the fun without the depth. <-- I hope this makes sense, too. I found as the book went along I became less interested. The entire read I felt I was at an arms-length distance from our leads and, as a result, I was definitely on the outside looking in, not merging with any of the characters. Maybe it's because our librarian changes a lot but I don't get her inner psychology as it occurs or that her goals change as the book moves along and so we shoot off onto a different story arc...or, even the relationship possibly becomes something else by the end so what we were working towards might also fork...whatever changes come, everything is pretty hunky-dory. As mentioned, the book also turned into a health guide of sorts for female body building. It's a somewhat interesting subject and the author clearly has some insight into workouts and training but it also wasn't where I wanted my librarian to go? I liked that the book had humorous elements (though I didn't laugh out loud). I liked that homo/poly/hetero/bdsm sexuality was a non-issue and the author made everyone's preference inclusive. I liked that it was a happy, feel-good read, and I liked that the book took place over a year's time...and, overall, is just quirky. There's a lot this book is mixing together and my take away was that, as a result, it didn't go deeply into too much of anything (except the workouts) making the read okay to good but not great. 3.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susie

    Received from the author in exchange for an honest review via the BDSM Group on Goodreads. Something happened to me with this book which doesn’t happen that often – I was hooked from the first paragraph. I picked this one up out of all the selections available partly as the title intrigued me as much as it put me off, and after clicking through to read the description and see the various ratings, I was intrigued enough to give it a try. And boy, am I glad that I did! There are many different BDSM a Received from the author in exchange for an honest review via the BDSM Group on Goodreads. Something happened to me with this book which doesn’t happen that often – I was hooked from the first paragraph. I picked this one up out of all the selections available partly as the title intrigued me as much as it put me off, and after clicking through to read the description and see the various ratings, I was intrigued enough to give it a try. And boy, am I glad that I did! There are many different BDSM and erotic novels out there, some quite alike, others very different. I’ve read from mild to extreme, always finding something new as I go along. Therefore the BDSM shown in this book isn’t that new to me, but the storyline itself was. This is my first predominantly lesbian romance, but the main thing that was new to me, which isn’t my area of interest and expertise at all, was the training and body building. The latter is, actually, something which I’m quite turned off by, yet the way it was introduced and played into throughout the book made it anything but a turn off. The primary storyline is Izzy, who needs to build up a bit of muscle and strength for working at the library, and how she falls for her personal trainer, a “girl meets girl” in a setting that I’m entirely unused to. It was beautifully written, with us as in the dark as Izzy until her blinkers are completely taken off and she discovers that her town isn’t what she thought it was. It is so casually done and acceptable that it could be any two people meeting and falling in love. There’s no one in the closet, well not deliberately so. It’s just open, normal, and gentle. From what I’ve heard, many gay and lesbian romances have one in the closet being convinced. This was just completely natural. And very hot! I must say that the writing isn’t completely perfect, with it needing a dash of editing here and there. It’s a minor thing, as it isn’t all filled with mistakes, but some are noticeable. Even so, that isn’t enough to distract from the excellent storyline. The author has quite won me over on this one! ;) Final rating: ★★★★★ – Loved it/couldn't put it down

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    The title of this book, "Beauty and the Bitch: A BDSM Lesbian Romance”, might scare you off. Please don’t let it. This is a delightfully lighthearted book with wonderful MCs, a hilarious supporting cast, and a surprisingly well-written and coherent storyline. Yes, there are of course several BDSM scenes, but they were not gratuitous, as one might expect with a book that uses “Bitch” and “BDSM” in the title. Yes, there are many delightful, and quite a few, err….interesting, erotic scenes, but the The title of this book, "Beauty and the Bitch: A BDSM Lesbian Romance”, might scare you off. Please don’t let it. This is a delightfully lighthearted book with wonderful MCs, a hilarious supporting cast, and a surprisingly well-written and coherent storyline. Yes, there are of course several BDSM scenes, but they were not gratuitous, as one might expect with a book that uses “Bitch” and “BDSM” in the title. Yes, there are many delightful, and quite a few, err….interesting, erotic scenes, but they are erotic – this is not PWP. The book delivers a terrific story of two women who each learn more about themselves and grow as individuals, as they learn about, and learn to love and respect each other. Their growing relationship is depicted against a backdrop of an amazing and unexpected cast of characters in a small town where people might know and share secrets that are only secret if you don’t open your eyes to what is around you. Don’t worry – despite the BDSM theme, these are not dark and scary secrets….they are laugh-out-loud and smile secrets. Isabelle (Izzy) begins her journey when she is told to develop more muscle to shelve books at the library. Rachel is the tough Personal Trainer with the heart of gold. As the women begin working together, Izzy learns that while she likes being submissive with Rachel, she is becoming more and more confident in her body and with herself as a person who can do more than just drift through life. It’s terrific that in a BDSM-themed book, Izzy is never forced into anything she doesn’t want. She makes choices that please her, and therefore she has control. Rachel easily and often switches between playful and stern….and when stern, she expects to get her way. Yet as strong and confident as Rachel is, when something unexpected occurs she finds that she must count on Izzy for support. The relationship between the MCs is described well when Rachel tells Izzy: ”You’ve been hiding. So repressed that you can’t see the world around you. You need someone strong. Someone to pull you out of your shell. There’s a tiger in you Izzy and it wants to come out. I’m going to free it. I’m going to train your body and free your mind.” There’s lots of humor in the book, and I liked very much the playful banter between Rachel and Izzy. There’s more information in the book about the grueling emotional and physical difficulties of training for a bodybuilding competition than there is about the emotional and physical aspects of a BDSM lifestyle….and I liked the balance. Much of the flirtation and play between Izzy and Rachel was very erotic and enjoyable; some of the scenes described activity I personally can’t see enjoying….but these are consenting adults who are happy with their choices, and I was happy to join them in their journey. The end of the book hints toward further adventures for our MCs that also wouldn’t be my choice within a committed relationship, but again – consenting adults are free to make choices. If there’s a sequel, I’d be happy to join along on their next adventures….after all….this is a fictional book presenting fantasy. Errr….isn’t it ;) The narrator had a very good voice for this book, but the actual recording quality was very rough. It often seemed like every thirty seconds the recording paused and then was restarted at a different sound level or with a different level of background hiss. Perhaps with the material, she had to take frequent breaks to cool down, but once again with recent books, I feel letdown by the overall audio quality. The book itself surprised and delighted me enough that I will still relisten to it, and it earns a 5* review. Oh, by the way….I don’t recommend listening to this one walking down the street…I may have smiled a bit too broadly at more than a few strangers! Also….DEFINITELY do not listen to this book while working out at the gym!! I’ll wrap up this review with another quote from the book, this one from the last chapter: ”Isabelle Louise is a kinky girl – librarian by day, submissive kitten by night and an absolute tiger in the sack.”

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shawna Hunter

    I actually began writing this book while working on another. I wanted an escape from the difficulties I was having and the idea for this book just popped into my head. I've wanted to write a pure lesbian erotic romance for a while now because of the hole I've seen in the market. Lesbian erotica has somewhat stagnated in the sense that every story is roughly the same. There's your established lesbian and your girl who is either not out of the closet or who is totally unaware of her sexual desires I actually began writing this book while working on another. I wanted an escape from the difficulties I was having and the idea for this book just popped into my head. I've wanted to write a pure lesbian erotic romance for a while now because of the hole I've seen in the market. Lesbian erotica has somewhat stagnated in the sense that every story is roughly the same. There's your established lesbian and your girl who is either not out of the closet or who is totally unaware of her sexual desires. The one seduces the other with a "this is ok we can love each other" narrative. That's all well and good but there are so many more stories that can be told! For my book I decided to go a rarer route. I believe that being gay should be a non-issue and since its my book and my world that's how I made it. Their romance, their struggles, their highs and lows come from them being two people in that kinky, fun world together. They're the same gender but that is inconsequential (except that it allowed for some fun in the change room). What matters is their romance. So then what is the story about? Well it won't comes as a shock that I thought of this concept on my way to the gym. I was thinking about the need for positive, enjoyable escapism with one part of my mind, romance with another and changing my body with a third. That's not as hard as it seems, I am a bit of a scatter brain. This book is really the result of those 3 separate thinking processes crashing together. The story revolves around a librarian who is forced by circumstance onto her fitness journey. This leads her to engaging a personal training who she comes to develop feelings for. Those feelings develop in time with her physical development and by the time the mountain they're climbing together hits its toughest part the foundation they've been building is ready to be tested. Such a story required balancing a number of issues. The shy librarian facing body image issues while dealing with revelations about the sexual underground of her community. The accuracy of the training and fitness concerns. The sex appeal and upbeat tone. Even the tie-ins with my other works that had to be handled just right to let the story stand on its own while also fitting into the broader world I'm trying to build (Marvel has my respect). What began as an easy project to let off steam for a harder one became it's own challenge but it was a challenge I feel I succeeded in. I truly believe that crafting the story of our Isabelle becoming a stronger person has helped me become a stronger writer and I am so proud of how this book turned out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    When a mousy librarian is forced to take a few physical strengthening courses to do her job, she enters the hidden erotic world of her small town. Isabelle has always wanted to leave her dull town. She thought going off to college and getting a degree would help her get away. No such luck. She is stuck back in the town and working at the library. Prim and proper, she keeps to herself. When her boss, Gina instructs her to gain more strength to lift books to the high shelves, Isabelle has no choic When a mousy librarian is forced to take a few physical strengthening courses to do her job, she enters the hidden erotic world of her small town. Isabelle has always wanted to leave her dull town. She thought going off to college and getting a degree would help her get away. No such luck. She is stuck back in the town and working at the library. Prim and proper, she keeps to herself. When her boss, Gina instructs her to gain more strength to lift books to the high shelves, Isabelle has no choice but to join the hated gym. Isabelle's high school experiences in gym class makes her fearful and hesitant to go to the gym. When she finds a trainer who is a bit bossy and bad reminder of her high school days, Isabelle is not sure about working out. Rachel is a trainer who works on athletes for strong man/woman competitions. Every once in a while, she'll pick up another client. Seeing Isabelle, Rachel can't help but want to engage her. This story was a bit of drag for me. I couldn't get into it. I think it's because Isabelle and Rachel's chemistry was lackluster for me. They were fine as characters. I didn't hate them. I didn't particularly like them either. They were too neutral for me. This is usually a problem for me as far as enjoyment because I just can't get into the story. There is nothing wrong with these two characters, just a bit bland for me. Which is odd because this is a BDSM kinky erotica. The kink in this story is nicely done. I enjoyed the watching Isabelle learn about BDSM and getting kinky with Rachel. The f/f part is attractive for me since I am always on the look out for some smexy f/f erotica. They are hard to come by. From a f/f perspective, this is a sweet romance. It is also more of an education on how body builders work out. If this is accurate of the body building life, I have to say, it is not for me. If this is accurate, Ms. Hunter did a fabulous job of showing what is required and how a person feels going through this training. It is intense and takes a lot of dedication. I found this story to be educational and I like learning new things and being exposed to different occupations. This is the part of the story I enjoyed the most. This kinky erotica is recommended for F/f readers who are looking for a well written f/f story that doesn't come across as porn. This tale is sweet and lovely. This was an author gift. No review requested. I wrote one anyway.

  6. 4 out of 5

    jenTed

    **provided by the Author through the BDSM group on goodreads** When I first saw the title of this book I was a little turned off. The word Bitch mixed with BDSM made me think of awful, horrible, bitchy dommes. The lesbian romance part of the title perked my ears up though and made me read the blurb and decide to give it a try. It's more of a story of how two lesbians meet and end up falling in love, with some BDSM on the side. To me, more like what a real relationship would be like. The "bitch" i **provided by the Author through the BDSM group on goodreads** When I first saw the title of this book I was a little turned off. The word Bitch mixed with BDSM made me think of awful, horrible, bitchy dommes. The lesbian romance part of the title perked my ears up though and made me read the blurb and decide to give it a try. It's more of a story of how two lesbians meet and end up falling in love, with some BDSM on the side. To me, more like what a real relationship would be like. The "bitch" in the book isn't really a bitch like I was imagining her to be. It's more like when your coach or trainer tells you to do one more lap or 3 more reps before you can finish kind of bitch. It's used in more of a friendly/joking way. The sex and BDSM scenes were hot. There were spankings and implement play along with some elements of kitten play. I really enjoyed this book, so much so that I couldn't put it down all weekend. I'm so glad it was brought to my attention and I definitely recommend reading it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

    The B word in the title is appropriate and I don't mean beauty. This turned out to be a surprisingly quick read. There were several moments where I found myself laughing at the hilarious thoughts of Isabelle since the story is told from her POV. As great as the story began however around the 55% mark it took a turn for the worst and quickly plummeted into the abyss. I guess I should mention that there is a specific type of kink that is explored in this book which really isn't my thing at all. Tha The B word in the title is appropriate and I don't mean beauty. This turned out to be a surprisingly quick read. There were several moments where I found myself laughing at the hilarious thoughts of Isabelle since the story is told from her POV. As great as the story began however around the 55% mark it took a turn for the worst and quickly plummeted into the abyss. I guess I should mention that there is a specific type of kink that is explored in this book which really isn't my thing at all. That however wasn't my main issue with the book. It was because of the fact that I hated Rachel. This woman is so controlling and pushy. She kept making Isabelle do things that were really uncomfortable for her. Even going so far as to do something that made Isabelle explicitly say “Not there, please,” yet she still continued! I don't care what kind of role play scenario you find yourself in when a woman tells you not to do something, you stop! I did eventually finish the book but I will not be recommending this to anyone. This ends in a 2,5* rating but I just can't round that up to 3 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Hively

    So, firstly I have to say that this is not a normal read for me. This book is Lesbian BDSM and it openly states that in the Amazon heading. I was pretty hesitant to read this book when it was recommended to me because of it being out of my comfort zone, but I was pleasantly surprised! The book kept my interest and was written in a pretty well mannered way. The BDSM parts were also pretty low-key and not as intense as I had expected. I will warn you that this did end in a cliffhanger of sorts, b So, firstly I have to say that this is not a normal read for me. This book is Lesbian BDSM and it openly states that in the Amazon heading. I was pretty hesitant to read this book when it was recommended to me because of it being out of my comfort zone, but I was pleasantly surprised! The book kept my interest and was written in a pretty well mannered way. The BDSM parts were also pretty low-key and not as intense as I had expected. I will warn you that this did end in a cliffhanger of sorts, but I was interested in knowing what would happen to the girls in this sleepy. little town by the time I was done reading. If you're looking to get a taste of this genre or world and wanted something that keeps your attention, but doesn't overwhelm you with intensity, then I would highly recommend Beauty and the Bitch! It's a PERFECT introduction to the lesbian BDSM world!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jim Lyon

    Beauty and the Bitch is the latest Shawna Hunter BDSM book set in the surprisingly kinky small town of Brooke's Hollow. Of course, not all of the town's denizens are aware of, or believe the rumors about, the prevalent level of naughtiness teeming below the surface. One such is Isabelle, librarian and book nerd extraordinaire; that is, until she is forced to engage a personal trainer in order to build up her strength to the level required for her job. Her innocence soon begins to slip away as sh Beauty and the Bitch is the latest Shawna Hunter BDSM book set in the surprisingly kinky small town of Brooke's Hollow. Of course, not all of the town's denizens are aware of, or believe the rumors about, the prevalent level of naughtiness teeming below the surface. One such is Isabelle, librarian and book nerd extraordinaire; that is, until she is forced to engage a personal trainer in order to build up her strength to the level required for her job. Her innocence soon begins to slip away as she finds herself attracted to Rachel, her fitness coach, and drawn into all manner of kinkiness. This is unquestionably a unique setting for a budding D/s romance, but it works so well that you can't help but wonder if it mirrors real life scenarios being played out everywhere.

  10. 5 out of 5

    tania

    Jaw dropping Wow this book was amazing and I honestly couldn't put it down it took less than 12 hours to read for me and I love the story line and how it was written, the characters was amazing and shows us the life of two woman being together I loved reading this book a lots do thank you Shawna Jaw dropping Wow this book was amazing and I honestly couldn't put it down it took less than 12 hours to read for me and I love the story line and how it was written, the characters was amazing and shows us the life of two woman being together I loved reading this book a lots do thank you Shawna

  11. 4 out of 5

    **K.

    Loved this book! Izzy, the shy girl who works at the library. Rachel, the confident trainer. They are the perfect mix of sweet and shy mixed with sassy and at times bitchy. The story revolves around Rachel’s training of Izzy. First, simply to help her gain strength. As the story progresses Rachel focuses on training Izzy for competition. All the while they are falling for each other. Both admitting this is their longest relationship. We also get to catch up with Alyssa. Brooke’s Hollow’s own cel Loved this book! Izzy, the shy girl who works at the library. Rachel, the confident trainer. They are the perfect mix of sweet and shy mixed with sassy and at times bitchy. The story revolves around Rachel’s training of Izzy. First, simply to help her gain strength. As the story progresses Rachel focuses on training Izzy for competition. All the while they are falling for each other. Both admitting this is their longest relationship. We also get to catch up with Alyssa. Brooke’s Hollow’s own celebrity. And we also get a closer glimpse of the hidden side of Brooke’s Hollow that actually is right in front of Izzy the whole time. Quick read, entertaining and oh yeah…some HOT HOT SEX!!! *provided by the Author through the BDSM group on Goodreads

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chrissie's Romance Reviews

    This is the first book that I have ever read by this author and I did really enjoy it. I think that it may also be the first fully lesbian book that I have ever read. I’ve read quite a lot of books with bisexual women but there always seemed to be a man involved in the story somewhere. Beauty and the Bitch is the story of Isabelle, a shy and rather physically weak librarian who is sent by her boss to strengthen up her muscles after an incident at work. So Isabelle ends up hiring a personal traine This is the first book that I have ever read by this author and I did really enjoy it. I think that it may also be the first fully lesbian book that I have ever read. I’ve read quite a lot of books with bisexual women but there always seemed to be a man involved in the story somewhere. Beauty and the Bitch is the story of Isabelle, a shy and rather physically weak librarian who is sent by her boss to strengthen up her muscles after an incident at work. So Isabelle ends up hiring a personal trainer at the gym called Rachel. It’s not long before Isabelle realises that she has a huge crush on Rachel and they begin dating, and Rachel introduces her to a submissive side that she had never known existed within her. My main problem with this book is that the reason set up for Isabel needing to get a personal trainer seemed highly tenuous, to say the least. It was a bit of a stretch to imagine that the incident that happened to Isabelle at work would require her to spend a significant amount of money on a personal trainer to keep her job. But if you can look past that, then this is an enjoyable romance story. There were strong BDSM themes throughout, but it’s not erotica so there were not many explicit steamy moments. Even so, there is a lot of chemistry between the two women and it’s obvious that they can’t keep their hands off each other. Rachel is incredibly dominant and expects total obedience from Isabelle both in and out of the gym. But what I liked about this book is that it shows a more playful side of BDSM. Isabelle is often a bit of a brat and does things to provoke Rachel in order to earn herself a punishment. Rachel is always more than happy to put her pet back in her place but she never gets mad at Isabelle. I think Rachel enjoys punishing her pet almost as much as Isabelle enjoys earning the punishment. There are also some elements of pet play in this story which I really enjoyed, and I would have loved to see a bit more of that side of things. In amongst the romance is also a storyline involving Isabelle’s training at the gym, which becomes a lot more serious when Rachel’s job is also threatened. I admit that I haven’t stepped foot inside a gym for years! But it was obvious that the author either has experience in the extreme kind of physical training that is needed to enter competitions or she did some serious research on the matter. It was interesting to watch as the increased training took it’s toll on both women but, if anything, the challenges only seemed to make them stronger as a couple. Overall, this was a fairly quick and satisfying read. I really enjoyed my first foray into reading lesbian romance and I will definitely be reading more. I am also looking forward to reading more books from this author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kym Richardson

    I don't usually read books with pet play has the main plot, but I found myself enjoying this story. It doesn't go in to details just a surface look at the lifestyle but it is a good read and I would read other books by the author. I don't usually read books with pet play has the main plot, but I found myself enjoying this story. It doesn't go in to details just a surface look at the lifestyle but it is a good read and I would read other books by the author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mónica BQ

    Nope. Because of reasons.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jon Zelig

    Received from the author in exchange for an honest review via the BDSM Group on Goodreads. Shawna Hunter’s “Beauty and the Bitch: A BDSM Lesbian Romance,” takes readers on an interesting ride. When Izzy, the somewhat “weak-armed,” and not-quite-closeted but definitely “private,” librarian is assigned to “get into shape,” so she can better bear the burdens of her job—part of which includes carrying piles of erotic books up a ladder to put them on an appropriately high shelf—she at first balks at t Received from the author in exchange for an honest review via the BDSM Group on Goodreads. Shawna Hunter’s “Beauty and the Bitch: A BDSM Lesbian Romance,” takes readers on an interesting ride. When Izzy, the somewhat “weak-armed,” and not-quite-closeted but definitely “private,” librarian is assigned to “get into shape,” so she can better bear the burdens of her job—part of which includes carrying piles of erotic books up a ladder to put them on an appropriately high shelf—she at first balks at the prospect of becoming a gym rat. She prefers the smell of books to the smell of sweat, the silence of the library to the grunting and clanking of weightlifters; she’s not big into spandex. Then she meets Rachel, who becomes her trainer in multiple senses of the word. It takes discipline to get into shape. Sometimes it takes *being* disciplined—as in: taken over someone else’s knee. Izzy and Rachel develop a relationship that is erotic and romantic, funny and serious, tender and tense, spiced with sex scenes that are appropriately explicit and nicely developed. This is done in the context of a larger “quest” that will not be revealed here, against the backdrop of a quirky little upstate New York town in which sexual secrets aren’t all that . . . secret. There are a few, surface-level, bumps and glitches for readers to get past, chiefly issues of proofreading. But these are characters that readers will like, multidimensional and credibly drawn; there is pleasure in watching their relationship evolve; there is pleasure in . . . being granted the privilege of peeping on their pleasure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Corrie

    This book left me confused. This was one of those ‘neither fish nor fowl’ type of reads. It was about a mousy, nerdy librarian who’s only passion in life is reading. But as the story progresses she’s just going through the motions at work, her focus shifting to kink and Rachel (or both). It was about a BDSM relationship but I felt disconnected to the sexual tension between our domme and sub. There are plenty of sex scenes, but because I was not emotionally invested in my main couple it all felt r This book left me confused. This was one of those ‘neither fish nor fowl’ type of reads. It was about a mousy, nerdy librarian who’s only passion in life is reading. But as the story progresses she’s just going through the motions at work, her focus shifting to kink and Rachel (or both). It was about a BDSM relationship but I felt disconnected to the sexual tension between our domme and sub. There are plenty of sex scenes, but because I was not emotionally invested in my main couple it all felt rather flat. More and more it read like a female body building manual (clearly something the author is passionate about or has researched within an inch of her life). Those 50ies ads came to mind showing a pic of a skinny dude with noodle arms on the beach saying “Don’t be a 100 pound weakling!” The whole transformation she went through and the many, many pages dedicated to that elaborate process just made me want to skim the pages (I really tried not to do that though). I just don’t know what to make of it all. Like the tone was off, that somehow it was too lighthearted and limp wristed to make an impact. So… not really hitting the mark for me. f/f explicit Themes: body sculpting 101, can you take me to kinky town, all that work-out shit is soul destroying, just not my bag baby, especially during the Holiday month. 3.2 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lise

    My girlfriend & I read this book together thinking it would be a good LGBT/BDSM novel, but no. The moment Rachel slapped Izzy across the face, that was an offense to my lifestyle. There are certain things you do not do without permission. There are hard & soft limits, there are contracts, & there are multiple discussion before sex is even considered. Note to the author: do your research before pressing that publish button.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephenie

    Alright The way Rachel initially came on to Izzy wasn’t right. Even if Izzy did want it, she should’ve talked with her first. She was quite invasive. And definitely unprofessional for Rachel to get involved with client because she wanted to sleep with her. Unhealthy Dom/sub relationship. It brushed over consent. There weren’t any safe words used. Although, I was glad they kinda mentioned “you can be too drunk to consent”, and that Rachel did talk about consent in BDSM to Izzy, but it was brief, a Alright The way Rachel initially came on to Izzy wasn’t right. Even if Izzy did want it, she should’ve talked with her first. She was quite invasive. And definitely unprofessional for Rachel to get involved with client because she wanted to sleep with her. Unhealthy Dom/sub relationship. It brushed over consent. There weren’t any safe words used. Although, I was glad they kinda mentioned “you can be too drunk to consent”, and that Rachel did talk about consent in BDSM to Izzy, but it was brief, and it didn’t specify anything on consent(other than being too drunk)to the reader. I know the book itself is not meant for learning purposes, but I feel it’s still important. I didn’t like how Rachel was more often than not, particularly in start of it, “you’re going to do exactly as I say, or just leave”. She really jumped into it with her and assumed she had experience with BDSM, until specifically told by Izzy, herself, that she didn’t. She had others, even shop owners, policing/alerting Rachel of her every move with food. She punished Izzy for standing up for herself once(let me make myself plain: it’s still unhealthy, even if the sub ends up enjoying it). But I did like how it progressed into a better(in some ways)and more heartwarming relationship, not to mention the kinks were definitely turn on’s. No relationship is perfect, but people shouldn’t make assumptions about anyone, especially when it comes to potential subs/doms and kinky sex. Everything should be discussed over time, and made quite clear. Plus, immediately establishing boundaries. I know it’s fiction, but that doesn’t mean that it’s right to portray unhealthy relationships as romantic and good. People don’t realize that if others who haven’t been exposed to this type of sex/lifestyle, and/or what’s the difference between a healthy and unhealthy, and at worst, abusive relationship, people can get wrong idea, like with 50 shades(not that I think this book will become famous anytime soon). I’ve seen too many newbies/unaware people read this stuff, jump right into stuff like this without researching or finding workshops on how to properly do kink, and get seriously hurt. The storyline was otherwise entertaining and still quite a turn on for me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Behind Closed Doors Book Review

    Amount of sex 5 / 5 How explicit is the sex scenes 5 / 5 Amount of BDSM/Fetish 5 / 5 Story 5 / 5 Overall: 5 / 5 Review: Izzy is Izzy is a mild-mannered librarian in the small town of Brooke's Hollow. While putting away the town's sexually exotic writer, Alyssa K., Izzy drops the books and is sent to go build her upper body weight to live up to her job description of being able to carry 40 pounds. While thin, Izzy is not strong and decides to join the local gym (begrudgingly). There she meets her new t Amount of sex 5 / 5 How explicit is the sex scenes 5 / 5 Amount of BDSM/Fetish 5 / 5 Story 5 / 5 Overall: 5 / 5 Review: Izzy is Izzy is a mild-mannered librarian in the small town of Brooke's Hollow. While putting away the town's sexually exotic writer, Alyssa K., Izzy drops the books and is sent to go build her upper body weight to live up to her job description of being able to carry 40 pounds. While thin, Izzy is not strong and decides to join the local gym (begrudgingly). There she meets her new trainer, Rachel. Rachel is sexy with a sense of humor and sexually hibernating Izzy is instantly drawn to her. A lot of flirting and naughty behavior Izzy and Rachel become a sizzling couple ready to join the ranks of Brooke's Hollow's kinky community. Beauty and The Bitch is a quick read that is a lot of fun. The characters (particularly the peripheral characters) reminded me of a kinky Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. Lots of yummy details make this book super hot and heavy. Oooo it is quite the panty melter. One of the things I love about this book is it doesn't do the cliche. There is no "misunderstanding" that is typical in romance books. You know, the misunderstanding that tears them apart before they can have their HEA. The conflict in Beauty and The Bitch is more of a realistic relationship that has some changes and real-life obstacles. I hope Shawna Hunter spends more time in Brooke's Hollow and we get to meet more of the kinky town!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Litos

    I have enjoyed very much this love story and how scenes are described. A good description of characters. Very recommendable for those who like kink, but also the sacrify (your are ready to make) and the pleasure that you receive when you truly love your partner. Still, I think that the writing and characters could be better build, anyhow they are so fresh and new and so different of other erotic novels that are so boring and uninspiring.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Wow I throughly enjoyed this book! I went out of my comfort zone, and picked something I have never read before. The sex scenes were hot!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Meh. There were some sexy parts, but mostly it was just way too focused on details about the gym and working out.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathy L

    I thought Shawna Hunter did a great job telling the story about the shy Librarian and the fierce Gym Trainer. Their story was great and like all stories you get to see a character develop into the true person she should be. Finding yourself and that one person who will love you. That being said I had a hard time concentrating on this audiobook because the narrator sounded like she had a cold and was talking through a telephone for one of the main characters, Isabelle the Librarian. For the other I thought Shawna Hunter did a great job telling the story about the shy Librarian and the fierce Gym Trainer. Their story was great and like all stories you get to see a character develop into the true person she should be. Finding yourself and that one person who will love you. That being said I had a hard time concentrating on this audiobook because the narrator sounded like she had a cold and was talking through a telephone for one of the main characters, Isabelle the Librarian. For the other main character, Rachel, the gym trainer, her voice wasn't any better. The voices sounded monotone. I couldn't find any depth to them. This is a book I will have to sit down and read and hear what these characters should sound like in my head. I was given a copy of the audio book for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Char Dafoe

    I'll keep this short. This was not a story for me, I didn't feel any connection to either character. The sex was mediocre at best. The story lacked heat and there was next to no build up toward the climax. The writing had some flaws, particularly with the word "starred or starring" I sincerely hope the author meant "stare or staring" It was a mistake made several times throughout which was rather distracting and annoying. I didn't label it butch/femme or any dynamic because I honestly couldn't re I'll keep this short. This was not a story for me, I didn't feel any connection to either character. The sex was mediocre at best. The story lacked heat and there was next to no build up toward the climax. The writing had some flaws, particularly with the word "starred or starring" I sincerely hope the author meant "stare or staring" It was a mistake made several times throughout which was rather distracting and annoying. I didn't label it butch/femme or any dynamic because I honestly couldn't really decipher who was what. That's not a writing flaw, that's a personal thing. I'm sure someone else will appreciate the story the author was trying to tell, I'm just not that person. As much as I love, love erotica, bdsm, explicit sex, I just couldn't get into this one. 2.5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    dreamlisy

    I am actually surprised by this book, because the bdsm side of things took the passenger seat, while the fitness training was forefront and center. That's how the story starts off, the little librarian wants enough muscle mass so she can lift piles of books when need to, without worrying she's going to drop it, and seriously damage herself--and thus she seeks out a trainer and stumbles onto Rachel, the love interest! So if you are hoping that this book is centering bdsm first and foremost, guess I am actually surprised by this book, because the bdsm side of things took the passenger seat, while the fitness training was forefront and center. That's how the story starts off, the little librarian wants enough muscle mass so she can lift piles of books when need to, without worrying she's going to drop it, and seriously damage herself--and thus she seeks out a trainer and stumbles onto Rachel, the love interest! So if you are hoping that this book is centering bdsm first and foremost, guess again! It's more about the in-depth descriptions of squatting, body building, correct techniques, sex sprinkled in here and there ect., which is fine, but--you get cheated on even the romance aspects a little because of all the exercise talk. Now when we are first introduced to Rachel, she comes across as hard to read, (and is in fact, as the title suggest, a bitch) and honestly, even towards the end I never really warmed up to her; she was quite rude, bitchy, and unnecessarily controlling. Now Isabelle is on the other side of the spectrum, she is bookworm-ish, reserved, and kind of prudish when you first meet her, but this book is basically her figuring out who she wants to become, and how to achieve that ultimate her, And get the girl. That's what the story is really about, and for me that's fine, I liked that the bdsm was not the forefront of the story, but see--that makes the title deceiving...well half the title. So hopefully some people will read this and have a better understanding that while there are aspects of bdsm, it's not the driving plot point, and irl 'bitches' you should not be dating. Because, as we all know, they aren't worth it and never change for the better. Hope this review helps someone!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Putaine

    This is just an enjoyable and entertaining story to read, the hot erotic scenes are delicious icing on the cake. The characters are interesting and likable. The descriptions draw the reader in with enough detail to paint the picture without becoming tedious. The editing was excellent, with hardly a flaw and nothing glaring enough to disrupt the flow of reading.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Terrible

  28. 4 out of 5

    Pina

    A good read. I really liked some bits of it, but the story as a whole didn’t quite grab me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Constance Hamilton

  30. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Brown

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