Beautiful Shame (Randall & Hudson) – M.A. Innes – Book Review
March 14, 2018
In this Beautiful Shame story we meet Randall, a masters student, and Hudson (isn’t that the coolest name) a business owner.
BEAUTIFUL SHAME (RANDALL & HUDSON) by M.A. Innes
Publication Date: February 18, 2018 Source: Purchase Genre: Erotica, LGBT Length: 181 Pages Purchase: Amazon Story Rating: 5/ 5 Romance Rating: 5/5
Randall isn’t looking for love.
When someone likes being watched and wicked things turn them on, nice guys avoid them like the plague. Randall has learned his lesson. He looks too vanilla and sweet for people to accept that what he wants is…embarrassing and dirty.
Hudson isn’t looking for love.
He doesn’t have anything against it. He just doesn’t have time for it. Growing the family business and keeping everything under control is taking up more time than he’d ever anticipated. But sometimes, fate has other plans…like finding an innocent, submissive, naughty little thing and dropping him right in Hudson’s lap.
Hudson knows he and Randall are opposite sides of the same coin and would be perfect for each other. He just has to convince Randall that what he wants isn’t dirty or shameful, and that it’s okay to stand up for himself.
Story Contains: M/m sexual content, spanking, exhibitionism, consensual humiliation play, and BDSM elements.
Authors Note: This is a sweeter version of humiliation play. It is completely consensual and both main characters are enthusiastic about their desires. The heat level is higher than some of my other books, but it is very much a romance at heart. Each book in the series will be a standalone story.
Holy smokes, this book will have your heart racing. Before we get started, you all have to promise not to tell my mom I read this. She’s wonderful, but I think she’d have a heart attack if she knew I read ‘grown up’ books. If you had any doubt from the super sexy cover or description, this is a grown up book.
Okay, on to the good stuff. This book is incredible. I giggled, I blushed and I couldn’t get the goofy grin off my face. I blushed even more when my husband asked what I was reading. This is not a book I would read on a plane, or anywhere public for that matter. It’s more of a bath time with the door locked and the lights dimmed sort of book.
At its crux, this is a story about Randall’s journey to accept his sexual desires. Before meeting Hudson he felt his desires made him naughty, dirty and a slut in all the worst ways. Then Hudson comes along; he somehow understands what Randall wants. For the first time in his life, Randall learns how liberating it is to be naughty, dirty and slutty with the right person.
I’ll be honest here, this book wasn’t even on my radar. It’s a little on the wild side, even for me. But, I’m also curious to a fault and when it came across my Facebook feed, I had to know what Randall wanted that was so taboo, wicked and embarrassing he has to hide. I’ll also admit that I’m glad I read this book.
The characters were well developed for such a short book. I fell in love with Hudson’s calm acceptance and Randalls inexperience and insecurity. The chemistry between them was undeniable and a real treat to read. The book was well written and engaging. Once I started reading I finished it in just a few hours.
With that said, there were parts that made me uncomfortable. There was nothing wrong with the writing or even what was happening, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. But one thing I appreciated was the mutual respect and trust between Hudson and Randall. The author handled the subject well. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to take something taboo and turn it into something so sweet.
Overall, I would recommend Beautiful Shame to anyone (except my mother) who enjoys reading a sweet book with awesome steamy scenes.