Author: Emma Husher
Series: A Betty's Pledge
Number in Series: 1
Format: ARC PDF (Netgalley)
Publisher: The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads
There is an exclusive group known as the Grants who only allow the most seductive women into their circle, and Madeline “Mady” Chase would give anything to get in. After years of mundane, disappointing sex, Mady is ready for more. Much more. Too many men out there favor the trashy crap that often parades around the local bars and college hangouts. To Mady, it seems like they’d rather drool over a girl with a fifty thousand dollar plastic surgery bill and clothes that would better fit a five-year-old than find some substance and passion in a woman. She wants more than stale, bland, fake sex, and the Grants could be just what she needs.
Isaac Wilson has been dissatisfied more times than he can count in the past two years. Being one of the Grants definitely has its privileges, but now he finds himself wanting more. Usually, it just meant another long month of disenchantment on his part when the Grants realized their new batch of women were no good. Each year, the program found several candidates that fit their needs, but as was often the case, they lacked that certain spark Isaac was looking for. To him, it didn't matter. Either way, he’d have a lot of fun wading through the rejects.
OBVB: Welcome to Offbeat Vagabond, Emma! To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
EH: Sure. I'm a hopeless romantic, private sexual deviant, and suffer from insomnia which helps me delve in the fantasies of the first two. It's a perfect environment for a romance writer, really.
OBVB: What first attracted you to the Romance genre? What first inspired you to write?
EH: I'm a huge reader and romance is one of my favorite genres. I write a bit of everything but the vast array of emotions that come with love are so diverse. Playing with human emotions, delving into what drives us, keeps me intrigued.
OBVB: Are there any books that have influenced you?
EH: I can't think of one in particular. The genre as a whole inspires me.
OBVB: Who would you say is your favorite author(s) and why?
EH: I love many authors but I'd have to say that JR Ward and Christine Feehan are some of the authors that first pulled me in with their tales.
OBVB: What is the most challenging thing you face when writing a new story?
EH: The ending!!! My mind usually concocts several possible endings and it's a fight with the characters to see which one wins. In the end I let the characters take me where they want to go.
OBVB: A Betty's Pledge is your newest book, correct? Can you tell the book will be about?
EH: The book is volume one in a series that follows one woman's hunt to find pleasure. She enters an exclusive club that offers every woman's desire. But there's a secret the members are keeping hidden from their Betties.
OBVB: Were there any characters more difficult to write than others?
EH: Some characters truly grossed me out. Some bad guys are really fun to write. Some become a challenge.
OBVB: I really like the concept of your book. Where did the idea come from?
EH: Honestly, the concept came to me while I was lying in bed. It'd been a long night and insomnia was winning the fight for sleep. Sometimes when that happens my mind will come up with plot lines. This story was a late night concoction that wouldn't be quiet.
OBVB: If your story were to be made into a movie/tv show, who can you see as your characters and why?
EH: I honestly have never thought about this, believe it or not. I'm interested to see what others come up with. My best friend is always really good about coming up with casts for her favorite books. Me, I make the characters in my mind. Maybe someday I'll come up with someone to play Mady.
OBVB: If you can write any book outside of the Romance genre, what would it be and why?
EH: I've always loved dark fantasy novels. I may or may not have something in the works ;)
OBVB: When you are not writing, what do you do in your free time?
EH: I'm reading!!! I'm a huge reader.
OBVB: Is there anything you must have or do when you start writing?
EH: I cold beer or a glass of red wine. Depends on what scene I'm writing. Lol!
OBVB: Is there any advice you could give to new authors?
EH: Have as many prereaders as you can find! And if you have a diverse pool that will offer different opinions and insights while be constructive and courteous is a win! Authors actually make great prereaders.
OBVB: Last but not least, are there any other projects you are working on?
EH: I have a short story series called From Infatuation to Obsession: And All The Phases In Between. Book one is available now. I'm working on edits for book two and three. Also the second volume to A Betty's Pledge.
OBVB: Thank you so much for visiting Offbeat Vagabond, Emma. Hope to have you here again.
A Betty's Pledge is a new book from author Emma Husher and a different experience for me. I really like the idea that Husher has come up with for this book. Women called Betties are inducted into a program to explore their sexuality with other privileged people. Our main character Madeline (or Mady) isn't so privileged, so she has been sponsored. She will now be living amongst the rich exploring things she could only dream of.
I did like Mady, to an extent. She is a mix of shy and sexy vixen which I liked. It have her a bit of mystery. But when it came to her being in the house, I found her a bit confusing at times. One of the men that run the program, called Grants, has taken a strong liking to Mady. There is an instant connection to them when introductions are made. Mady wants to know if there is more to the program than just sex given there are actual couples. But she bounces back between wanting love or just sex. She is constantly fighting it and it drove me mad because she knew what she wanted. She had a choice between two suitors and her debating drove me nuts. One of the men gave her the creeps and made her feel uncomfortable. I don't know what it was, but she just wouldn't go with the obvious choice. All because you are in a sex charged mansion doesn't mean you have to sleep with whoever. If someone is making you feel uneasy, run because there is probably a reason for it.
I also liked Isaac, but I wanted to slap sense into him too. He was a lot like Mady. They both have two sides. One side, he is confidant and cocky. The other, he is a romantic who wants more than sex with the LA plastics. But again, he fought it so much as well. Both of them have a hard believing in love where they are, but they are surrounded by people who have met in the program and are still together. The whole point of them being here is to explore and they have the opportunity to explore each other and they don't take advantage of it quick enough. Mady explores a bit of something she has been curious about with her mentor, Diane (loved her). But that was really it. Diane was a favorite. There seems to be a little trouble in her paradise though. I hope we get more on that. But back to what I was saying, Mady does her exploring. But near the end, Isaac is caught doing something and her reaction was crazy for me. You know who you want, you know where to find him, go and get him. They try not to let emotions into it and that in turn makes things worse for them both. It just drove me crazy at times.
Then there is the ending. When I got to it, I started screaming at my ereader begging for another chapter or two. It is not that it is a cliffhanger, but more that it just stops. The book doesn't have as much confrontation as I would have thought. All the issues that arise are just the characters trying to figure themselves out. But there are definitely some set ups here that I know we will see more of in the next book. There are characters that have trouble written all over them and I wish we got to see more of that here, but I know we will the next time around.
Overall, this was a good read. I just wanted a little more. More push-and-pull, more tension. We are really just learning about the world itself and it seems the characters are learning more about themselves and that is the point. I got sucked into this world quite quickly. I love how this book may seem sexual in nature, I like that it wasn't uncomfortable like it was some sort of brothel. You are eased into it and not freaked out. Well, by certain characters you may be. Take that Brad character for instance. I know hate is a strong word which is why I am saying I hate him. Mady described him perfectly in this book as calling him a wannabe white rapper from the 90s. I laughed so hard at that. Not to mention, the way he speaks about women in general will gross you out. There could be a chance at redemption, but I don't know. But I can't wait to see more. There are plenty of characters to follow and they all have some growing to do. I am pretty excited about volume 2. Husher has breathed a new life into the erotic world and I want to see where she will take it. Recommended if you are looking for something different and to get your blood boiling a bit.
*This book belongs to the following challenges*
The Book Vixen's 2014 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
The Book Vixen's 2014 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
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