I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
Oh, Maya Banks. Some of her books I'm not embarrassed to admit I love. The KGI books, for example, are fun, sexy romantic suspense. The Falcon Mercenary books are as well. I also loved Seducing Simon and the two Amber Eyes books. I like every one of her category romances. I know some people have problems with the lack of grovel but I liked them despite that. However, there are two Maya Banks books I cringed through but loved. I even loved them and hated them for the same reason.
They both have the same problem. They are surreptitious age play books. I happen to love age play. Real age play where you know it's age play going in and everyone's consenting and on board with it. I love the nurturing and care. But when the couple's not intentionally age-playing but they act like they are, things get gross and weird. Plus Ms. Banks' s are repetitive so the books are full of scene after scene of the hero bathing the heroine, feeding the heroine, sometimes bathing her yet again --there is a LOT of bathing and putting the heroine to bed. This is interspersed with sex. In the case of Colters' Woman it is menage sex. In the case of Sweet Surrender it is sort of bdsm. In both the heroine is infantalized throughout. It's creepy. I've ranted about it a time or two. But I like it. No, actually I love it.
And now I will go hang my head in shame for a while.
I wish she would just write an age play book and be done with that trope. She doesn't use it all the time so she could probably move on from it. And I think I would just love that book rather than loving and hating it.