Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Erotica, Romance

Review: Scoundrels & Scotch | Top Shelf Series by Alta Hensley

SCOUNDRELSI’ll stop at nothing to own her. 

I’m a collector of dolls. 
All kinds of dolls.

So beautiful and sexy, they become my art.
So perfect and flawless, my art galleries are flooded by the wealthy to gaze upon my possessions with envy.
So fragile and delicate, I keep them tucked away for safety.
The dark and torrid tales of Drayton’s Dolls run rampant through the rich and famous, and all but a few are true. 
Normally I share my dolls for others to play with or watch on display.

But not my special doll. No, not her.
Ivy is the most precious doll of all. She’s mine. All mine.

*Scoundrels & Scotch is a dark billionaire romance. If you don’t like a splash of shock, a dash of taboo, and a heavy dose of sex, then don’t take a sip of this TOP SHELF cocktail.

4 Stars

Romance | Adult Fiction | Erotica/BDSM | Contemporary

Can I just take a moment to fan out my beaver? Cheese and crackers… Can I also admit that I was super excited when I realized the next installment of the Top Shelf series was Drayton. 

I have said it before and I will say it again, if you have not tried out anything of Hensley or if you have and still have not given this series a go, might I highly recommend you do so now. Even though they are standalones, you don’t have to read them in order but I am going to go ahead and throw out the recommendation because I can do that – read them in order. With that being said, let me mention a quick disclaimer. This is a dark romance. Hensley combines dark taboo fetishes, sexual experimentation and dominant/submissive dynamics. Scoundrel & Scotch has an extra dose of sexy when human artwork, exploiting the delicious yet scandalous vision of a human sex doll. So here is you chance, if you are faint of heart or do not care for these types of sexual scenarios, then you will not be partial to this cocktail. But if you are willing to go bar hopping with me, this cocktail will go down warm and smooth.

Now that we have the safe word noted, lets hum…opps, I mean lets jump right in…

Scoundrel & Scotch is a different spectrum of yummy goodness.  Victor had been mentioned several times in the first two books and tickle my pickle when I admit how much I was intrigued. Seriously, Drayton’s Dolls just sounds fucking hot. Essentially it is his dream, his human art show, it was definitely tasteful and sexy as hell premise. The best part about Victor being this sexy man who likes to dress up women as dolls with the occasional glass ass dildo to show off to high paying citizens, you actually get a back story to his vision. I really enjoyed the kink and mystery, honestly it was captivating to say the least, it was however the evolution of Victors story that made it the best part. As the reader, Hensley took you through the creation of his dolls, the contract, the training – it was everything. It was such a build that left me wishing I had more.

Obviously I loved Victor, he seemed callous and dark in the previous books, almost being portrayed as a sexual sadist but really he had a particular taste in his sexual desires. He was downright sexy gentlemen and I absolutely loved his character. When it came to Ivy who was actually mentioned of getting fired from Spied Roses in Villains & Vodka, Victor offered her a job as a Drayton’s Doll to which she accepted, I was curious how this connection would pan out. Ivy was definitely an odd ball and I liked her all the same for it. At first she is hesitant on her current decision but as the plot thickens, she really embraces her new job while also finding out she really enjoys pleasing Victor. 

I will be honest though I was hoping for more darker, kinky type scenarios, a lot of the romantic build between the two characters were mostly during Ivy’s doll training. Because Ivy’s willingness to please Victor, there is definitely more of a romantic notion from her end while Victor is more towards the end. I liked the connection, but I feel that their entire entanglement relied solely on Ivy, leaving a few scattered plot holes. Don’t get me wrong, when the sparks flew between them the sex is off the charts hot however I would have liked to explore more of their relationship build, especially from Victor’s angle. It was almost like Victor was lustful for her yet by the end that was escalated quickly to love. It was definitely a claim her dominate/submissive outcome, but it was still slightly lack luster than I had hoped.Especially with such a great chemistry between them from the start plus adding the factor of their training session, Ivy and Victor had amazing chemistry.

What else can I say? I am really enjoying this series. Aside from the little pet peeve I have for book three, I am really excited to see what book four will be like. I am really hoping the small mention of Alec Sheldon and his ‘niece’ is a little insight to the next chapter. Seriously, just a bunch of sexy men owning a gentlemen’s club, I must know all their kinks. In addition I really think because of how Victor Drayton’s story ended (or rather the lacking of closure) there is some definite foreshadowing at play, my hope is to see Victor and Ivy in future story-lines. 

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