Author: K.D. Grace
Release Date: 3 May 2011
Number of pages: 224 pages
Publisher: Xcite Books
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Kindle store, Book Depository
Grade: 5 stars
Top 2011 Read
Goodreads appetizer: In appreciation for a job well done, Stella James's boss sends her a pet - a human pet. The mischievous Tino comes straight from The Pet Shop complete with a collar, a leash, and an erection. Stella soon discovers the pleasure of keeping Pets, especially this one, is extremely addicting. Obsessed with Tino and with the reclusive philanthropist, Vincent Evanston, who looks like Tino, but couldn't be more different, Stella is drawn into the secret world of The Pet Shop. As her animal lust awakens, Stella must walk the thin line that separates the business of pleasure from the more dangerous business of the heart or suffer the consequences.
This review was originally posted at The Forbidden Bookshelf.
The Pet Shop gives the reader a glimpse into the secret world of an elite and secretive organization which hires out human pets for sexual pastime. We get to learn about the ropes of this unknown world and its customs through Stella's experience who receives a male pet, Tino as a reward for a job well done. At first she is shocked and disgusted, but soon she succumbs to her sizzling chemistry with Tino and the thrill of this extraordinary experience.
The very gradual development of Stella's thoughts and feelings to this whole pet concept and her own role in the equation was done very well making the reader see and understand why she does what she does.
The combustive sex scenes (which trust me don't come any hotter than this!), the interesting and well developed characters and the stellar writing all make The Pet Shop a fantastic read, but what makes it outstanding is the fact that there is a larger picture, a plot to the story which gives a nice framework to the erotica. The Pet Shop is an amazing erotica story combining all kinds of erotic scenarios and putting its own twist on them. A highly unique approach of the dom/submissive pairing is at its center and I loved the exciting premise of spicing it with the owner/pet power disparity and personal relationship.
If you fear that the whole pet set up might be too kinky for you, I'd advise you still give it a try (make no mistake, these are humans having sex, there is just some serious role play going on, so no furry creatures at all!). The quality writing and the hot erotica will draw you in and the concept will make you think long after you have finished the story.
Verdict: I can't remember the last time I read such a combustive erotica novel. Every single sex scene is scorching hot and I loved that it was a full length novel and not a novella, it was so great that the story went on longer! What made The Pet Shop such an outstanding story was that besides the scorching hot erotica it was still an exciting story with intelligent characters and so much emotional substance which is quite rare in erotica novels. One of the hottest stories I have ever read, a definite favourite of the books I've read in 2011, and K.D. Grace just became an author I'll have to watch!