October 23, 2014

REVIEW: Licking Lollipops By, Marami Hung

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Lollipops. Toys. Cash. Sex. 

Leilani's job is more addicting than sugar. It's her drug. She might look meek and too young to be a college student, but she’s a naughty girl with a dirty secret. 

Leilani grants fantasies. When a request comes in, Leilani dons her pseudonym "Lollipop" and transforms into a high school cheerleader, a dominating cat girl, or even a sweet little Victorian girl who loves candy and ice cream. 

Her business satisfies her lust, pays just enough for college tuition, and always draws her back, despite the abuse that torments her afterward. 

But when a gorgeous classmate finds out and urges her to stop, Leilani's first fear isn't getting kicked out of college. She's terrified that she might give up her primal lust for genuine intimacy. 

Warning: Contains strong language, graphic violence, implied pedophilia, dubious consent, and disturbing situations. 

All characters are over the legal age of consent.

After I finished reading Licking Lollipops I was left with conflicting emotions. I am still not one hundred percent sure how I feel about this book. If you have problems reading descriptive sex, torture, abuse, rape enslavement, and implied pedophilia I would stay far away from this book. It is definitely not for you. Don’t get me wrong, this book is about more than the things listed above but if you have a problem with those you will not get the overall message of this book.

Marami Hung created a well written story about one girls journey from a dark past, to coping the only way she could, to finally finding her voice, and learning to express her emotions a healthy and safe way. This book touched on some subjects that could have been too hard to get right. But you can tell Marami did the research and poured all of her time and effort into this book and it shows. The book was done well and pretty tastefully.

Leilani is a prostitute. There is no other word for it. She has a website where men and women can request fantasies and she fulfills them. Leilani uses this money to pay for her college, crappy apartment, and the clothes she uses as costumes. When she meets Kamesh she starts to feel guilty for the jobs she goes one. He urges her to quit but the jobs keep pulling her back. Until one night, one job, she might not have the chance to escape from.

Let me start by saying this. The book was well written and the story was interesting enough that I finished it in one night, but this wasn’t a story for me. For some reason I just couldn’t get all the way invested. I can’t even really put into words why. The sex scene were done well and they were definitely hot and steamy. (some of them) I think part of it is that Kamesh really didn’t play as big of a part as the synopsis leads you to believe. The book is primarily focused on the sex and not the relationships that Leilani has.

Overall I think that people could really get into this book but it just wasn’t for me.

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