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☾ about the book
Title: The Museum
Author: Harley Laroux
Series: Dirty First Dates
Format: ebook, novella
Smut Rating: 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️
Trigger Warning: ADULT CONTENT, for an extensive list, click here
☾ the synopsis
He may look like an angel, but he’s a sadistic devil in disguise…
Ash has been pining after Gabriel for years, and the soft-spoken blond finally asked her out. But Ash is certain that Gabriel’s quiet demeanor hides a dark side: with “PAIN” tattooed on his knuckles, she’s certain that the studious man harbors perverted and sadistic desires, and she’s eager to unleash them. As they wander the beautiful halls of the local museum, Ash’s teasing finally brings out the devil in Gabriel. Ash is a sweet brat as she pushes his buttons, and Gabriel reveals himself as a pain-loving Daddy determined to bring the lustful woman to her knees.
☾ the characters
Ashley is a biology student and a very bold woman. As soon as she gets the opportunity, she asks Gabriel about his tattoos and discovers that he is the perfect dominant to her hidden submissive.
So she doesn’t hold back on teasing him, determined to get what she wants.
Gabriel seems perfectly normal on the first glance, but it turns out that he doesn’t make a secret of the things he likes, and his knuckle tattoos give it away pretty quickly.
When Ashley accuses him of being all talk, he shows her what pain and pleasure really mean to him and succeeds in driving the brat out of Ashley.
☾ the world building
The story is set at a museum.
☾ what i liked about this book
When Harley first came out with this, she told me I would really like this one – and she wasn’t wrong.
I think academic men are sexy as heck and I really loved how calm Gabriel was and how he explained to Ashley that he was doing all these things to her because she was asking for them.
Especially the final sex scene in the butterfly house blew me away because the descriptions were so vivid and it honestly just sounded like a lot of fun.
Once again I liked how the ending of the book hinted at the fact that there may be more to come, and I am really hoping for a sequel.
☾ what i disliked about this book
There’s nothing I disliked about this book.
☾ should you read this book?
If I had to recommend one book in the Dirty First Dates series, it would be this one.
For one, because I am also a very studious person and I love going to the museum, but also because this one isn’t as “in your face” and exhibitionistic as The Arcade was – Gabriel and Aiden definitely have very different personalities and while I think that exhibitionism is a fun thing to read about, I definitely liked the thought of privacy in The Museum a lot more.
And as you might have guessed, I’d take anything over a Halloween maze.