Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Review: Entwined- The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle, By Colette Gale

13432786When not-as-proper-as-one-would-think Victorian woman Jane Clemons convinces her father to take her on an expedition in the jungle, her only goal is to find her lover Jonathan, who disappeared three years earlier. She and her father, along with Jonathan’s trusted friend Kellan Darkdale, set off on their journey.

But shortly after their party arrives on the coast of Madagascar, Jane finds herself enthralled not only by the freedom and beauty of the lush jungle, but a reclusive wild man who seems to be fascinated by her.

Whilst this book sounded promising, I was ultimately very disappointed- the book gets straight into the dark and nasty, with numerous sex scenes... Whilst I am definitely a fan of an excessive number of sex scenes in a self described erotic novella, the actual tone of many of these scenes is incredibly... rapey. And that just doesn't sit well with me.

First of all, there is Kellan, who forces himself onto Jane as soon as he gets her alone, and then there are a few creepy encounters with the jungle wildman (who is disappointingly not called Tarzan), including Jane getting caught in one of his vine traps, and being felt up whilst being unable to move, and another encounter where he sneaks into her bedroom while she sleeps.

Trying for a moment to ignore the icky feeling some of the sex scenes brought forward, the rest of the book was ok, I suppose. Jane makes some strange decisions, and the book definitely ends on a great twist... But lets be honest, the good was definitely overshadowed by the bad.

The writing was evocative, and it was definitely a new twist on the Tarzan and Jane idea, but it was definitely not my cup of tea! Luckily, the ebook was free. There are more novellas in the series, but I wasn't tempted to read any of them.

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