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Dryden, Delphine. Riptide. (Escape, Bk. 3). Jul. 2016. 162p. ISBN 9781626494152. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9781626494145. EROTICA
OrangeReviewStarAmie Templeton is a longtime Domme fatigued by the St. Andrews club scene and her apparent inability to connect in vanilla relationships. Her lackluster routine is shaken up when old flame Drusilla Stasevich comes back to town, with a new kink club and Amie's once-dormant romantic notions firmly in tow. When Dru needs some serious programming assistance for club Escape, gym manager Amie is the only logical option. The two encounter more than they bargained for as old feelings well up, just in time for an anonymous saboteur to threaten Escape's burgeoning reputation. Dryden's (The Unicorn; How To Tell a Lie) writing is dry and clever, deftly imbuing Amie and Dru's reconnection with aching familiarity as each adjusts to the person she is meeting after a decade. Nuanced depictions of D/s scenes prevail; every moment isn't mind-blowing, as Amie and Dru struggle to rekindle their old dynamic and finally decide to start anew. Demisexuality is also explored, as Amie considers her intimacy issues and the significant shift in her "stone" feelings when playing with Dru, someone she knows and trusts.
VERDICT This novella is short and sweet, with a fair dose of smut for good measure. Highly recommended for folks seeking a delightfully quick, kinky F/F read.

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