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Odalisque (Comfort #3), by Annabel Joseph

Odalisque

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Kai Chandler has it all. A thriving tech business, movie star friends, and a mansion in the Malibu hills. But he’s lonely, nursing a broken heart and reeling from a shocking breach of trust. Then a friend tells him about a secret chateau outside Paris where they train women in the erotic traditions of the Code d’Odalisque. For a million a year, Kai can choose a sexual servant to use at will, a woman thoroughly trained in the pleasuring of men.

Kai makes the trip and, in the course of touring the facility, meets Constance, a shy and strangely quiet odalisque. He decides to acquire the beautiful woman and bring her to his home. Constance and Kai delight in their voyage of erotic exploration as he plays undisputed Master to her slave. But soon they find themselves forming an increasingly emotional connection, with the end of Constance’s term of service looming over their heads. Jealousy, fear, regret and longing threaten to tear the lovers apart, and they must choose between the safety of the Code and the risk of true love and trust.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, m/f/m menage, group sex, BDSM scenes, power exchange themes, and swinging/partner swapping.

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Annabel Joseph is steadily making it to the top of my favorite author’s list!

I liked Odalisque as much as I did Comfort Object! I love that Annabel comes up with stories that come across as improbable but that actually are not that far from reality (I’m thinking Comfort Object, Odalisque and Command Performance here).
What I mean by that is that the concept of a Code d’Odalisque could easily seem improbable and completely fictional, but if you look it up, you’ll find out that it actually exists. And that makes the story feel even more real.

I also love how Annabel wonderfully combines intense emotions with funny moments and dead pan humour. This book is deeply emotional and sprinkled with dead pan humor.

“Crave wasn’t even a strong enough word for what she felt.

Kai and Constance were great characters you cannot help but fall in love with. You can feel their connection from the moment they meet at Maison Odalisque. I honestly can’t say I preferred one character better than the other because it would be a lie.
I loved Kai’s tenderness and caring as well as his darker and a little damaged side and I loved Constance’s authenticity and freshness and how driven she was.

Now, if you don’t know what an Odalisque is and what they do, this book and its content can possibly shock you. I won’t go into the details of the job description of an Odalisque because the book and the informations you can find about them on the internet will probably do a better job of it than me, and anyway, the synopsis explains it well enough.But make no mistake. There is no non consensual sex in this book. Constance is a willing participant in everything she  does sexually.

“She was his sex toy to use, if and when he decided to use her.” 

If you wonder about possible cameo from the previous books, rest your mind. Jeremy and Nell are still present in a few parts of the book even though the focus is not on them. I loved those cameo as well. It was great to be able to see Jeremy and Nell and where they are at now.

We also get to see more of Mason who was introduced in book #1 with his wife Jessamine and it made me even more eager to start reading his story.
From book #1, Jess felt a little off to me for some reason and you really get to know who and what kind of person she really is. But I’ll say no more and let you have the pleasure to find out for yourself. Just know that you’ll feel deeply for Mason in this book.

So once again, it is a five stars rating for Ms Joseph and her Comfort Object serie.

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