The Novice is the first book in the Sexy as Hell trilogy by Harlem Dae, also known as the writing team Lily Harlem and Natalie Dae.
This erotic novel tells the story of Victor and Zara. Victor is a successful single businessman, and Zara is what can only be described as a sex performer working out of Soho. They meet by chance in a coffee shop, where Zara picks Victor up for some sexy fun. Naturally, Victor’s pleased that he’s going to get some action, until he finds out that Zara isn’t exactly the most demure woman. In fact, she’s downright rude and demanding, and he doesn’t know how to deal with it. Her forwardness frightens him. He calls her out on it, implying that there’s something wrong with her.
Zara laughs in his face and tells him he has a lot to learn about women and sex. Victor doesn’t believe it. Between them, they end up making a bet. One month, and Zara will teach Victor everything she knows. Only Victor doesn’t realise quite what a kinky chick he’s gotten himself involved with.
Soon his previously vanilla life is an assortment of domination, submission, spanking, voyeurism, and all manner of unconventional sex, all set in London, capital of the UK. Victor learns much about himself, as well as people he thought he used to know well. His head is thoroughly messed with and before long, he’s wishing he’d never met Mistress Zara.
If you’re looking for a bit of light slap-and-tickle, this isn’t it. The heat level of this book is a six out of five and is definitely not for the fainthearted. There’s anal play, blood play, slapping, and much, much more. There are twists and turns, things I wasn’t expecting, and an ending that leads perfectly into book two, making you eager to find out what happens next. So if you’re looking for some superbly well-written and very, very dark, hardcore BDSM erotica, you should check out The Novice. You won’t forget it in a hurry.