Ten years into a relationship finding the perfect birthday present for a lover can be challenging. But the sophisticated and very much in love Davis has an inspiration that nearly overwhelms his beloved Sadie: a coupon for a night of fantasy fulfillment in Sin Alley, a clandestine enterprise — located somewhere in California — that is modeled after the red light district of Amsterdam. It is a place where any kink can be indulged in for a price, and the ever-attentive Davis has divined correctly that his lover has long craved a taste of the whip.
Whereas this scenario is not the stuff of high drama, it works pretty well for an erotic diversion. Parker Ford’s Sin Alley: Gamble’s Whip is one of the better works of erotica with a BDSM theme that I have read of late. Although it is a little short on substantive plot there is a cohesive beginning, middle and end to it, and the erotic interludes are extremely well written and sexy. While by no means genteel, the more intense passages are not coarse or offensive to readers who do not normally gravitate to BDSM erotica. This book can serve as an introduction to the genre for neophytes but still satisfy jaded aficionados — quite a feat indeed!
Primarily this novella embodies feminine sensibilities. In-between the erotic scenes there is perhaps more angst on Sadie’s part than I personally would have preferred, but realistically it is appropriate for the character and the situation. Readers who like this book will be pleased to know that it is the first of a series of Sin Alley books, two more of which have been released since this one was published, and that Ms. Ford has written a number of other erotic books previously.