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From the sinfully delicious mind of Joanna Angel, founder of adult company BurningAngel and award-winning adult actress and director, comes Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy! After graduating college, Taryn finds herself lost and uncertain of what to do next. With a self-imposed friendless and sexless life, Taryn unexpectedly winds up working the graveyard shift From the sinfully delicious mind of Joanna Angel, founder of adult company BurningAngel and award-winning adult actress and director, comes Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy! After graduating college, Taryn finds herself lost and uncertain of what to do next. With a self-imposed friendless and sexless life, Taryn unexpectedly winds up working the graveyard shift at Dreamz, a sex shop in Pasco County, Florida. Tucked into a seedy strip mall on the side of a highway, hilarious and erotic surprises lurk around every neon-lit corner. Your mission: In a sketchy and sexy world filled with tissues, gallons of lube, sex toys, tiger print, and swinger parties, help Taryn choose her way as she learns what happens in this small, unexpectedly kinky town. From butt plugs to cross-dressing truckers to being held-up at gunpoint over dildos, experience this fun and sexy journey along with Taryn, as she goes from shy and sweet to skilled and empowered—but how she gets there is up to you!


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From the sinfully delicious mind of Joanna Angel, founder of adult company BurningAngel and award-winning adult actress and director, comes Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy! After graduating college, Taryn finds herself lost and uncertain of what to do next. With a self-imposed friendless and sexless life, Taryn unexpectedly winds up working the graveyard shift From the sinfully delicious mind of Joanna Angel, founder of adult company BurningAngel and award-winning adult actress and director, comes Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy! After graduating college, Taryn finds herself lost and uncertain of what to do next. With a self-imposed friendless and sexless life, Taryn unexpectedly winds up working the graveyard shift at Dreamz, a sex shop in Pasco County, Florida. Tucked into a seedy strip mall on the side of a highway, hilarious and erotic surprises lurk around every neon-lit corner. Your mission: In a sketchy and sexy world filled with tissues, gallons of lube, sex toys, tiger print, and swinger parties, help Taryn choose her way as she learns what happens in this small, unexpectedly kinky town. From butt plugs to cross-dressing truckers to being held-up at gunpoint over dildos, experience this fun and sexy journey along with Taryn, as she goes from shy and sweet to skilled and empowered—but how she gets there is up to you!

30 review for Night Shift: A Choose-Your-Own Erotic Fantasy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Roux Stellarsphyr

    This review is supplemented with commentary on a Q&A session with the author. Writing reviews for erotica is hard because it is so hard to determine when it is good. What does one compare a new erotica novel to? Other books read, which are often of better quality and risk-taking from being dominated by authors too ashamed to confront this particular genre? Or other erotica books, which are often blasé reformulations of plot devices wherein the only differences seem to be character names and local This review is supplemented with commentary on a Q&A session with the author. Writing reviews for erotica is hard because it is so hard to determine when it is good. What does one compare a new erotica novel to? Other books read, which are often of better quality and risk-taking from being dominated by authors too ashamed to confront this particular genre? Or other erotica books, which are often blasé reformulations of plot devices wherein the only differences seem to be character names and locales? When an author is capable of owning this genre without prejudice, bringing a high-quality of writing and successfully implementing new ideas on top of the genre’s requirement for steamy reading, the book is a delight. It means good writing has shown up in the wildest of places, and it is supremely rewarding. Unfortunately, Night Shift is not one of those books. The writing is overall amateurish, its purpose too unwieldy for the author, and some plot points too uncomfortable for a post-2016 population. Yet, it still merits a review because its heart is in the right place and, though its execution is poor and sometimes trauma-inducingly so, its visibility will hopefully lead to other writers following through on the promises Night Shift makes. What is good about Night Shift is its attempt to include the marginalized sexual tastes that often cannot find quarter in mainstream erotica. One should not go as far to say that the fetishist will find Night Shift thrilling, as they will likely find the treatment of the marginalized first dull and second tokenish. However, the reader who has never experimented will likely find Night Shift “edgy” and “informative.” Angel does make passing attempts at informative writing, which is the next best thing from the novel. Many readers at a Q&A session spoke of how much they learned, proving the unfortunate fact of where adults get their sexual education. (More on this subject below the fold*) The feeling of tokenism regarding these marginalized interests comes in the form of Taryn, the protagonist of the book. Taryn is often confused (“What do you mean?”and “Right?” dominate her thoughts) and often unlikeable. Though many readers identified with her, this reviewer had significant trouble. She funnels the experience of others through her, almost selfishly. The book group I participated in found the beginning of Billy’s story particularly disheartening, featuring a likeable character essentially taken advantage of by the protagonist. Taryn cannot fathom a larger person wearing lingerie, almost forcing them to buy material too small for them and then demanding to see them in it before having the gall to pat herself of the back for being so welcoming to different people. This is a recurring theme for Taryn’s conquests. Taryn meets someone out of her experience, gawks at them like an animal in the zoo, and when they are able to sexually awaken her, she finally finds them worthy of her attention. Instead of coming off as an enlightened individual for these experiences, Taryn becomes an uncomfortable character to read for those concerned with the dignity of others. She disparages women who she believes are less intelligent than her, uncomfortably clings to those she believes can benefit her, and makes remarks like “that ethnic looking one.” This last point is unsurprising coming from Angel who blasted criticism of her use of yellowface in a previous movie. Reviewers who were concerned with her view of human dignity were dismissed as “over-sensitive PC people.” Given her and Stoya’s comments at the Q&A, the feeling seems to be that racism or sexism are okay in a fantasy context because the fantasy context necessarily implies consent and there is no obligation of the author to show this consent in any form. However, Angel did not hold back when criticizing 50 Shades of Gray for its sexist connotations, so one wonders if the line of defense is actually “If I do it, it’s just a fantasy, bro.” Because so much erotica is bad writing, it is also hard to tell when Angel is making a fun of characters or the genre or is trying to be genuine. Angel’s comedic chops are unfortunately overshadowed by the genre itself. Night Shift is the personification of Poe’s Law—it was almost impossible to know when I was laughing at Angel or because Angel meant for me to. We often commented, “This can’t be serious,” and could not determine if Taryn’s blatant naivete was supposed to be endearing or was supposed to be pointed satire. Given others’ responses and the author’s words, it seems unfortunately to be the former. In the hands of a capable editor, Night Shift may have been able to make its premise as a ‘choose-your-own adventure’ work. The branches could have happened at slightly different points to counteract its more sexist turns and would have supported Stoya’s observation that a choose-your-own adventure is the ultimate genre of consent. For example, instead of making an unrelated-to-the-consequences choice that led to one character committing a Trump-like grab-and-smooch, the choice could have been written as “She moves in for a kiss. What do you do?” This would give readers a chance to explicitly consent, and, if they make a negative choice, would challenge Angel to write a genuinely creative strand that is challenged to keep the action steamy. (It should be noted that this is not necessarily an endemic problem to the book. There was at least one other strand that involved a sweet moment of explicit consent between two characters, and one other offending passage of crotch-grabbing that is more due to Angel’s writing than the subject matter--an astute writer could have made it more explicit that this was a standing agreement between two people, but Angel does not provide it and it remains an awkward exchange). Unfortunately, Cleis Press has proven itself to be more profit- than quality-driven, unable to eradicate inconsistencies or even make a passing attempt at correctly spelling words like Dewey Decimal System (Dewy) or turquoise (turquois). One character hauls furniture in his truck on one page but produce on another. Ad hoc explanations are inserted in to explain away some inconsistencies that can only be the evidence of a haphazard editor or an overwhelmed author. These missteps “wake up” the reader from the story and serve up as distractions. Angel stated at a book club that these inconsistencies don’t matter in a temporally flexible medium like “choose-your-own adventures,” but that excuse is a weak substitution for tight and effective writing and editing and shows the problem with erotica as a whole. It’s to get people off, not to be read and savored. (Admittedly, Angel could have been joking, but, once again, it was impossible to tell.) A capable editor could have also reined Angel in on the immense amount of needless details she gives. She is painfully concerned with keeping a minute-to-minute diary of Taryn’s day and actions, reminding more experienced readers of middle school attempts at writing. A character’s playlist for an event is an immense offering but magically stops playing after three songs (likely because Angel felt it necessary to describe the actions that were happening in each of the songs and ran out of steam). Paragraphs are spent describing the process of alphabetizing. In short, Angel shows when she should tell and tell when she should show making the novel nearly unreadable after finishing just one strand. Night Shift is a book that will feel delightfully new to some readers because of its contents but, because of maddeningly recycled tropes and poor quality control, will be an excruciating read and sound a lot like every other erotica novel written to others yearning for writers to bring something fresh to the table. *Below the fold on adult sex education: Despite both positive feedback on its information (though inaccurate at times or omitting some essential safety practices at others) and Angel’s own admission that being informative was some of her intention in writing, both she and her entertainment peer Stoya railed against the role pornography, and by extension erotica, should play in responsibly informing consumers of these media. This is a topic for debate which this review cannot capture the scope of. Action movies are lambasted for violence. Pornography for non-safe sex practices. One notion is that these genres, in any media, serve as fantasy. This is a fine notion, but the counterargument is that these genres are in a unique position to educate. I don’t anticipate action movies being forced to show proper gun practices, and I don’t expect pornography or erotica to show proper sex practices. However, it is utterly delightful when they do, and I get a sense then that the creators of these works recognize a problem and take a responsibility in fixing it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    Silly silly silly. This is definitely raunchy and not at all sexy ( ha) but it's inclusive as hell (every kind of kink with every kind of person doing it) and even features an interesting cameo from the author herself. It's not very well written and it lacks good pacing and a lot of what is described seems anatomically impossible but who am I to say. Silly silly silly. This is definitely raunchy and not at all sexy ( ha) but it's inclusive as hell (every kind of kink with every kind of person doing it) and even features an interesting cameo from the author herself. It's not very well written and it lacks good pacing and a lot of what is described seems anatomically impossible but who am I to say.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Eliza

    "Good things happen in the dark..." Choose-Your-Own-Adventure erotica, people. This is officially a thing. Forgive me if I am forgetting about any author who attempted this entertaining trope before award-winning adult entertainer Joanna Angel released her debut, Night Shift. Forgive me...then go read this book and write me some more of it. Or better yet - leave it to Joanna because girlie knows what she's doing in this sexy genre! Night Shift is a the story (or stories) led by Taryn, a reluct "Good things happen in the dark..." Choose-Your-Own-Adventure erotica, people. This is officially a thing. Forgive me if I am forgetting about any author who attempted this entertaining trope before award-winning adult entertainer Joanna Angel released her debut, Night Shift. Forgive me...then go read this book and write me some more of it. Or better yet - leave it to Joanna because girlie knows what she's doing in this sexy genre! Night Shift is a the story (or stories) led by Taryn, a reluctant employee with a hustler's spirit. She's the newest hire at Dreamz, a forgotten naughty store whose peak hours occur when most of the residents on the block are sound asleep. It serves as a pitstop for drunk partiers and meek hornytoads - all trying to get off and go home. Taryn works the graveyard shift and her boss Sandy (who is a complete riot, FYI) is a gem who lets her have free reign over the naughty store. After seeing customers visiting and enjoying themselves way more than expected, Taryn decides to make a dollar out of fifteen cents by conducting a women-only masturbation workshop. And that's when Dreamz cum true. (...see what I did there?) What's fantastic about this book is that it centers women. If you like your erotica feminist friendly, you'll find a suitable read here. The women characters represent a plethora of personalities: a Black woman who uses a toy with sexy sophistication, a wife demanding the orgasms she deserves, and...Amanda. Oh, Amanda. Rare is the girl crush I garner from reading, but if I ever had a book girlfriend, it would be traveling saleswoman Amanda. It's no wonder that she is the apple of Taryn's eye, becoming our MC's first girlie experience in a very sensual scene. And here's the thing: Taryn deserves ALL of the good things. The author gave us a gem of an MC in her: Taryn has a hustler's spirit and took the shop Dreamz into a real money-making reality. She takes chances and shunned the risks, giving a sexual freedom to her customers they wouldn't have experienced in any other establishment. I also appreciated that Taryn was a newbie to the sex industry; the reader learns along with her terms like unicorn and jelfing. You want to know Taryn IRL and you certainly want her to get the girl! If I could change anything about the book, it would be the personalities (or lack thereof) of the male characters. They came off as dolts and did nothing to move the narratives. I could have done without them altogether - the women held it down! I also could have used more backstory about Sandy, the owner of Dreamz. A throwback of her wilder days should be documented, drawing back to the opening of the store. My rating: 3.5/5 Entertaining with well rounded (women) characters and a trope that will have you reading and re-reading for hours. *NOTE: This book was provided to me from the publisher for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cláudia

    2.5 stars Inclusivity makes this book, but still it just reads too amateurish.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amazeballs Book Addicts

    As a kid I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books so when I saw this one was an adult version of the Choose Your Own Adventure books I had to read it. I do wish there were a little more choices but it was still a good read. Taryn is a college graduate who finds herself workings at a sex shop and as we read along we get to help her choose things. This one is such a fun read. It's definitely an erotic read. There were some things that I had no idea what they were but it was explained. The fun t As a kid I loved the Choose Your Own Adventure books so when I saw this one was an adult version of the Choose Your Own Adventure books I had to read it. I do wish there were a little more choices but it was still a good read. Taryn is a college graduate who finds herself workings at a sex shop and as we read along we get to help her choose things. This one is such a fun read. It's definitely an erotic read. There were some things that I had no idea what they were but it was explained. The fun thing about this book is it can be read multiple times with different outcomes. I did read it a few times and I had my favorite choices.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate Dyson

    I should probably be embarrassed to share that I read this but here we are! Super fun idea for an erotic fantasy, and appreciated its inclusivity (of different sexual preferences), but unfortunately abysmally written.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Smutty Book Club

    This past month for Smutty Book Club we read Joanna Angel’s “Night Shift” recommended by Erin. “Night Shift” is a Choose-Your-Own Fantasy novel (a first for the Smutty Book Club) that revolves around Taryn, a recent college grad who gets her first job working in an long-time running Adult Store. Each story follows Taryn as she encounters the patrons of Dreamz and discovers unexpected realizations about her own sexuality. As the discussion began we all were quick to share our favorite storylines i This past month for Smutty Book Club we read Joanna Angel’s “Night Shift” recommended by Erin. “Night Shift” is a Choose-Your-Own Fantasy novel (a first for the Smutty Book Club) that revolves around Taryn, a recent college grad who gets her first job working in an long-time running Adult Store. Each story follows Taryn as she encounters the patrons of Dreamz and discovers unexpected realizations about her own sexuality. As the discussion began we all were quick to share our favorite storylines in the book. Most favored the Billy story, loving it for its romance, while one loved the Swingers Party storyline, citing its humorous ending. We all did agree that each storyline had its own charm. We also loved that each track had Taryn develop in a different way depending on her experiences with each patron she meets. Taryn was funny, charming and relatable. And of course the sex scenes were great as well. Titillating and sexy, everyone will find something to be turned on by. A favorite was the truck stop shower scene, which had us wondering is it possible to do all that in a shower. We do believe that there could have been some better editing, some of Taryn’s pre-book experiences vary from storyline to storyline, but it did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book. Another Smutty Book Club first was a Skype session with the author, Joanna Angel. Ms. Angel expressed to us her enjoyment of the writing process and how she even came to include a version of herself in one the storylines. We greatly relished a chance to speak with her and are thankful she took the time. All in all is was an enjoyable read and is recommended by the Smutty Book Club. We rate it 4 out of 5 Dildos. (review by Erin) P.S. We had received a signed copy of the book (& 2 others) from the publisher and raffled it off to those attending meeting. We made $38 to donate to the Lesbian Gay Big Apple Corp Marching Band.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Zucati

    This book is porn in word form, so by reading my “book report” you are agreeing to be chill about that. I won’t pass judgement if it’s not for you, but that street goes two ways and if you can’t handle word porn, stop reading. I’m not kidding, stop and go read any number of other things I, or anyone else on this website has written. Hell, go read a different book! By continuing with judgement in your heart, know that you are breaking this contract I’m offering and that is its own violation of co This book is porn in word form, so by reading my “book report” you are agreeing to be chill about that. I won’t pass judgement if it’s not for you, but that street goes two ways and if you can’t handle word porn, stop reading. I’m not kidding, stop and go read any number of other things I, or anyone else on this website has written. Hell, go read a different book! By continuing with judgement in your heart, know that you are breaking this contract I’m offering and that is its own violation of consent. Hello active and potential perverts! This book is a blast for any dirty birds interested in decision based erotica, but let me get the less fun parts out of the way. Joanna Angel is a pornstar first and an author second. Technically her twitter says she’s a lemon thief first, but that’s like when artists on onlyfans say they’re getting into accounting. My point is that the writing’s not perfect. I read the kindle version and there were some issues with paragraph breaks; some sentences would be interrupted midway through as if the return key was hit by accident. That may have been a strictly e-reader problem, but you can’t blame different editions on the clunky sentences that sometimes plague this book. Her style grew on me as I read, and the sexier chapters flowed much smoother than Taryn’s internal monologues. The one unforgivable moment was a foursome where Angel confused the names of two characters as they grabbed sex toys. It only happened once, but I had to reread the two pages a couple times to really understand who was fucking who with what. So this sex book written by an adult entertainer won’t be nominated for any major literary awards. You should read Night Shift if you’re interested that Joanna Angel wrote an erotic novel, or you want to bone your way through a choose-your-own-adventure story. Either way, it’s a wild ride of debauchery and experimentation as Taryn sees her life transformed by her part time job at Dreamz, an adult movie theatre where anything can happen. The first chapter is self contained, who receives a private room key determines which of two scenes you’ll read, both leading to the same conclusion. In the next chapter you choose between “the lumberjack” or Amir. I chose the lumberjack and went down a path similar to the first chapter, you had two date options and both led to the same ending. At first I thought Angel was using decision making as a gimmick based framing device for a book that would have been fine on it’s own, but then I went back and chose Amir. Taking the other path on my second run gave me a much more diverse journey filled with branching paths to bookmark and return to. I don’t have the patience to count the different endings because I’d have to tap through the entire kindle edition, but there’s gotta be at least ten. Some forks in the story converge back to the same ending, others lead somewhere you could only get to through one choice. It was just like I remembered from childhood. You’ve been reading my review of literal porn for a while now and I’d say we’re pretty close so I’ll tell you: yes, I used this for some private me and I time. Joanna Angel is sexy and she knows what’s hot to read. Now I didn’t enjoy every sex scene. Some of them were very much not for me, but the quality of her descriptions made me appreciate what other readers might enjoy. Angel’s characters were almost as diverse as their bedroom activities, not amazing but pretty good for erotica set in Florida. There were no gay men getting down, but you’ve got a female narrator and I imagine fans of her previous work would be hesitant to purchase if they knew that was a possibility. One storyline featured a man exploring his gender/sexuality through crossdressing, though he specified not being gay while doing so. Of course there was a lot of lesbian and bisexual woman content, that’s always hyper-sexualized in sex work. Angel not only writes very real sex scenes, she teaches the reader lingo and things like what to expect if they find themselves at a swinger party. Taryn watches sex educator Nina Hartley’s videos and a bratty pornstar featuring at a strip club is none other than Joanna Angel herself. While it sometimes feels like a Dear Penthouse letter, I’ve met all these characters and found myself in plenty of the settings. Taryn is living a fantasy life, but she’s living it in the real world. Night Shift is a great starting place for anyone wanting to sexy up their library. Failing that, a gag gift for any occasion that would find you shopping at a store like Dreamz, it’s bound to elicit humor if not more… interesting emotions.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Only Lovers Book Club

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  10. 4 out of 5

    Tamsyn

    I love the idea of a pick your own adventure fantasy book but I don't think it was executed very well. One reason is because there were times when you were either given choices that were almost identical, and there were time when you were given choices that didn't really effect the over all story. I also found the writing to be severally lacking. Every one exclaims way too much and there were exclamation marks on sentences that didn't need them, a lot. I also felt like the over all plot read lik I love the idea of a pick your own adventure fantasy book but I don't think it was executed very well. One reason is because there were times when you were either given choices that were almost identical, and there were time when you were given choices that didn't really effect the over all story. I also found the writing to be severally lacking. Every one exclaims way too much and there were exclamation marks on sentences that didn't need them, a lot. I also felt like the over all plot read like a poorly written fan fiction (I'm not saying there is anything wrong with fan fiction, I've read some truly brilliant stories) what I mean to say is that with the fast pacing and the author's tendency to make all kinds of good things happen to the main character with Taryn putting in almost no effort to make those things happen, made her feel like a Mary-Sue straight out of the fan fiction My Immortal. This book is about sex, which is fine but when people do get down to the horizontal bop it doesn't read like realistic intercourse, but bad fan fiction a pre teen might write about her favorite idols. It happens randomly, with little to no transition and it's all over the place. I know it's a smut book, I get that but this is just beyond. I've read some very bad sex scenes in my life, I've read the 50 Shades series, and honestly, E.L James wrote far better sex scenes and that is saying a lot. I picked this up because I saw an old haul video on Youtube where Trisha Paytas showed it off and I got curious because I've never heard of a pick your own adventure adult book. I was left very disappointed. I still love the idea and I would love to see another author make it work.

  11. 5 out of 5

    kirsten

    Bernie Sanders Voice: I am once again asking for half stars on Goodreads. 3.5/5 but bumping it up to a 4! I love that this book exists. And I had a lot of fun while reading it. Who doesn't love choose-your-own-adventure novels? And an erotic one? Sign me up. As soon as I saw this book I knew I needed to read it. This book really surprised me. There were actually a lot of twists in these stories that I wasn't expecting. I also really liked how a lot of these stories didn't conform to heteronormative Bernie Sanders Voice: I am once again asking for half stars on Goodreads. 3.5/5 but bumping it up to a 4! I love that this book exists. And I had a lot of fun while reading it. Who doesn't love choose-your-own-adventure novels? And an erotic one? Sign me up. As soon as I saw this book I knew I needed to read it. This book really surprised me. There were actually a lot of twists in these stories that I wasn't expecting. I also really liked how a lot of these stories didn't conform to heteronormative cisgender norms. It was also very sex-positive and embraced the idea of people having different kinks and ideas of what sex should be. And it didn't really feel that judgemental when it came to it. The character of Tayrn is naive but also very open-minded about things. Sometimes she says the wrong thing but she quickly corrects herself and learns. Yes there were some super cringy parts of this book. And the writing isn't the best but if you want to turn off your brain and want some pure fantasy porn it's really fun. The situations themselves are very porny but does anyone read erotica for realism? I also really need to talk about Billy's storyline. Which, was my favourite story in this book. At first I was a bit nervous of how this one would go but it was honestly really wholesome... other than the sex obviously. A big burly man who wants to wear women's lingerie and then we find out has this other side to him aka Bonnie. In any other book, Billy would have become the butt of a joke. Or would have had something awful happen to him. And while they do have judgemental looks when Tayrn and Bonnie eventually go on a date they don't really encounter anything awful. Which again, isn't realistic but who is reading this for realism? I especially loved how Tayrn really made an effort to understand Billy and help him explore this side of him. And when she was Bonnie the pronouns in the book changed too which I really liked. Tayrn doesn't even hesitate in referring to Bonnie as she/her and then later as Billy as he/him. And I liked how honest it felt as Billy was trying to work out what he wanted - both sides of him. And they got a happy ending. Which they totally deserved. Honestly Joanna Angel in the slim chance you read this I would 100% read a stand-alone full-length novel version of Tayrn and Billy/Bonnie's story. And I would love to get to know Billy and Bonnie more. Please, please, please. Joanna Angel has another choose-your-own erotic book coming out and I'll definitely be checking it out!

  12. 5 out of 5

    K.

    When I heard there was a choose-you-own-adventure erotica book being released, I was intrigued enough to want to check it out. For the novelty of it, I'm glad I did. Joanna Angel has managed to weave a number of different plotlines into a book that can give you hours of entertainment without being repetitive. The first read-through, I followed the plot of the cross-dressing truck driver and it remains my favorite, even after reading the stories of a number of different characters that happen thr When I heard there was a choose-you-own-adventure erotica book being released, I was intrigued enough to want to check it out. For the novelty of it, I'm glad I did. Joanna Angel has managed to weave a number of different plotlines into a book that can give you hours of entertainment without being repetitive. The first read-through, I followed the plot of the cross-dressing truck driver and it remains my favorite, even after reading the stories of a number of different characters that happen through the store. This might also be a downfall, because Billy's story seemed to be richer and more thought out than the others, in my opinion. Or maybe it's because I favor gender-bending plots over others. However, with the different paths available, there's sure to be something to your liking. And when you reach the end, you can reset the story and start down a different path, just to see where you'll end up. That, too, was a bit troublesome for me, though. The reset often takes you down a choice you didn't make, but instead places you into the story as if you did. My preference would have been to go back to the original choice and then follow that through. Again, not an absolute deal-breaker, but a minor annoyance. Overall, the book is a fun romp down memory lane of reading choose-your-own-adventure books and being in charge of where the plot will lead. Only this time there are some very adult outcomes added to the mix!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jason Pettus

    This is exactly what the dust jacket promises -- a book-length Penthouse letter, structured as a Choose Your Own Adventure tale, by a woman famous for being an alt-porn pioneer but not exactly known for her soaring prose. As such, then, this should be looked at more as a fun experiment than as a serious literary endeavor, impressive from its mere existence but not something that most people will enjoy actually reading from start to finish. (Also, if you're not already familiar with the kind of o This is exactly what the dust jacket promises -- a book-length Penthouse letter, structured as a Choose Your Own Adventure tale, by a woman famous for being an alt-porn pioneer but not exactly known for her soaring prose. As such, then, this should be looked at more as a fun experiment than as a serious literary endeavor, impressive from its mere existence but not something that most people will enjoy actually reading from start to finish. (Also, if you're not already familiar with the kind of outre, Mountain-Dew-commercial type of sexuality that Angel promotes through her video production company, you should probably acquaint yourself before picking up this book, because what she finds erotic will clash with a whole lot of other people's opinions on the subject.) Glad I picked this up and checked it out, but also glad it was for free through the public library. It comes tepidly recommended in that same spirit. [Enjoy my writing? Get a lot more of it at patreon.com/jasonpettus.]

  14. 5 out of 5

    kyoungeun

    Lol it was actually quite good? The nonjudgemental and easy-going MC made the book really enjoyable -- I think her mindset about sex is really healthy and open-minded, and the tone works well with the mindset the genre should promote. The writing was also another element of surprise; it started off rlly strong w unexpected humor, IMO much better than some of the romance I've read recently. Unfortunately the quality fell as the book progressed. For one thing, The author rlly wants you to know tha Lol it was actually quite good? The nonjudgemental and easy-going MC made the book really enjoyable -- I think her mindset about sex is really healthy and open-minded, and the tone works well with the mindset the genre should promote. The writing was also another element of surprise; it started off rlly strong w unexpected humor, IMO much better than some of the romance I've read recently. Unfortunately the quality fell as the book progressed. For one thing, The author rlly wants you to know that she's a feminist "who has taken gender studies classes". In fact, she explicitly says it multiple times in the most random of situations to push away her guilt for enjoying supposedly anti-feminist things like men paying for the first date, depictions of cruel women, and men taking the sexual lead. This becomes more frequent towards the end and was mildly irksome. Also, the lvl of detail I appreciated in the beginning became progressively less apparent. Shame, but that's just about the only shame the book's associated with.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Russell Grant

    3.5 of 5 Let's get this out of the way: there's something inherently silly about a choose your own adventure porn novel. Getting that out of the way, this one was even more fun than I expected. I planned on giving it a once through. Pick my path, and be done. I went the "Billy" route since Billy was basically me, and was shocked at how much I could identify with it! I ended up going back and reading the other adventures. It the end, lots of different types of sex are represented. None of them over 3.5 of 5 Let's get this out of the way: there's something inherently silly about a choose your own adventure porn novel. Getting that out of the way, this one was even more fun than I expected. I planned on giving it a once through. Pick my path, and be done. I went the "Billy" route since Billy was basically me, and was shocked at how much I could identify with it! I ended up going back and reading the other adventures. It the end, lots of different types of sex are represented. None of them overtly perverse or negative, and all of them empowering to the central woman. There are a couple of nitpicks, editing could have been more thorough as in the mix of some of the wilder scenes the names seem to get mixed up with the actions a couple of times, but that aside, it's a fun read and I'll be sure to grab up her next book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennsie

    Not really my type of book, but I received it as a gift. There are three or four different endings, and each of the stories contains a lot of sex and not the standard boy-meets-girl traditional stuff. I am not a fan of these “choose your own adventure” stories anyway as the writing is never great. The story isn’t believable that a “sheltered” girl would become sex crazy in a few chapters. Some of the writing was witty. It’s just not for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Juanita Buitrago

    I read this book for my book club and this is a book I probably never would have picked up on my own. But I honestly really enjoyed reading this! As other reviewers have stated, it’s really hard to review an erotic novel because everyone’s preferences are so different. But I will say I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by the diversity of the characters’ stories and styles and experiences. I expected this book to be very heteronormative and vanilla and mild, but it wasn’t!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Read this for book club. The concept is very cool but the execution is absolutely awful. I would love to see more authors play with this concept, though. It has the potential to be really fun, particularly on a device like a Kindle.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jillypenny

    I picked this up as a WTF? novelty and that’s exactly what it was. Fun at first, but after going through all the different adventures and choices, it got pretty dull. Meh. The inclusion of the author herself within the text was a little much.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    The blurb was way too intriguing to pass up. I loved choose your own adventure books as a kid so I had to try this one. It was funny and awkward and a little weird but I don’t hate that I read it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Obiedzinski

    I loved this book so much! It was so much fun to read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Beatriz Arango

    Book Club pick.... Fochi.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Allyson Fields

    Funny. Sexy. 100% Joanna. 110% must-read erotica.

  24. 4 out of 5

    DANICA

    fun concept, poor execution

  25. 4 out of 5

    Yohan Abeysinghe

    This is my first full erotica. Thought I would like this. But it seems this is not for my taste. I think a story that is for the sake of being erotic is not something that I prefer. I was unable to push pass 40%.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    I thought the concept was pretty cool, but it's so poorly written I couldn't get past the second story. You have no idea what's happening, like, who's where, are they sitting, standing up, in front of or behind the other person. If they're touching one thing and another, then another, does that mean they have three hands? lol Very much confusing to the point it was impossible to just enjoy the story. I thought the concept was pretty cool, but it's so poorly written I couldn't get past the second story. You have no idea what's happening, like, who's where, are they sitting, standing up, in front of or behind the other person. If they're touching one thing and another, then another, does that mean they have three hands? lol Very much confusing to the point it was impossible to just enjoy the story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    Not sure how to rate this. It's a mixed bag. Initially I tried, but then got bored with, trying to read through all of the story options - at least for the time being. Maybe I'll come back to it again at some point. Not sure how to rate this. It's a mixed bag. Initially I tried, but then got bored with, trying to read through all of the story options - at least for the time being. Maybe I'll come back to it again at some point.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Becca

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jene

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andraz

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