Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Review: Destined to Feel by Indigo Bloome

Sexy, suspenseful and, in places, completely ludicrous, the second novel in Indigo Bloome's Avalon trilogy makes interesting bedtime reading. Picking up from the cliffhanger ending of Destined to Play, Destined to Feel opens with Dr Alexandra Blake being abducted in London. Her captors? The owner of a pharmaceutical company who want to develop a drug that they believe will be the female equivalent to Viagra. Alex is the perfect woman to test their new drug, due to the comprehensive and well documented experiments that her lover, Dr Jeremy Quinn conducted during their weekend together, and the fact that she has a rare blood type. Taken to an underground testing facility, Alex is asked to take part in a series of increasingly odd sexual experiments. But the big question is, does Alex really want to escape? (You know, I'm really starting to wonder why Indigo Bloome is planning for the third book in the series. So far every area of this woman's fucked up sexuality seems to have been explored in minute detail. She's had sex with men, women and robots. She enjoys bondage, anal sex, watching other people have oral sex. What is left for her to do? Bestiality? Necrophilia?)

Destined to Feel is more suspenseful than its prequel. I enjoyed the chapters that featured Jeremy searching through Europe for his lover. (Thank goodness for that GPS bracelet. Oh, wait. It went out of range every time Jeremy started to get close.) The author tries hard in a limited amount of space to make Alex and Jeremy feel more well-rounded and sympathetic characters--for example in this volume Alex thinks of her children constantly (and Jeremy gives them a little thought as well). However, its hard to feel sympathy for characters whose lives seem to be driven by their sexuality--Alex appears to have no shame or inhibitions about the 'experiments' made on her body in the name of science. (It's no wonder she was so desperately sought for the research. This woman enjoys being stimulated by machines while a group of doctors watch, for heavens sake. Why is totally beyond me, but then again, I'm not the heroine of an erotic novel.)

An interesting, sexy journey that should not be taken too seriously. Especially not by reviewers like me.