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As Lydia comes to realize that the Prince is as much a prisoner to his culture's ways as she is her resentment slowly unfurls into pity understanding curiosity and a deep unpredictable consuming lust She wants him too on her own terms But in a world fraught with. This wasn t the book I was expecting I expected some sort of weird sci fi erotica I think but this ended up being a fully fleshed sci fi romance with a captivity angleIn theory I like captivity romances However every time I read one I m left less than impressed There s never a good balance between desire and psychological issues and the captive always capitulates way too easily because the captor is hot andor disgustingly richIn LIPS LIKE ICE the psychological aspect is uite well done almost to the point of it being too much oddly enough Lydia awakes in the room of an ice elf alien known only as the Prince He s very tall and dark purple with silver eyes and at first he s genderless Lydia is his literal pet and she s not having any of that But in this world she s at a major disadvantageI have to admit although I appreciated how Lydia s captivity was handled for the most part I didn t understand why the Prince went from viewing her as a somewhat interesting pet to viewing her as something to have sex with Why Everyone else in the world was disgusted by Lydia and the Prince cares for her like an actual pet but after he chooses his gender and begins to change suddenly he s all I can t wait to be in you WHAT And her lust for him was eually problematic for me at first Just why I did like how he went from viewing her as a thing to an actual person due to how his culture viewed hers but I found that the transition from this to the sex parts wasn t uite smooth enoughSo it s safe to say despite the several graphic sex scenes I didn t find any part of this book sexy in the least No Especially since view spoilerthe Prince had a flower cock that would blossom when he was aroused and stamen like things would come out and latch onto her cervix when he was inside her and then he couldn t pull out until several minutes after intercourse because he was LATCHED TO HER CERVIX hide spoiler

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He calls himself the Prince He is humanoid but not human fascinating sensual at the cusp of maturity and accustomed to getting what he wants And Lydia has awoken in his world to find that she has been given to him as a pet a plaything and if he so desires a lover. Well now this certainly wasn t the book that I was expecting When Peggy Barnett pitched it to me I thought it would just be a fun bit of erotic gender bending fluff Of course knowing Peggy and knowing what else she writes I really should have expected Yes there is a lot of eroticism here and it definitely breaks the gender binary but none of it is fluff In fact Lips Like Ice is a very deep very thoughtful story that goes to some very dark places both physically and psychologicallyBefore I get into its themes let me set the stage for you Lydia awakens from a surreal sort of illness bereft of both her memories and emotions to find herself in an alien land All she knows is that she has been brought there by the ueen to serve as a pet for an adolescent royal Not a friend not a companion not a lover but a pet that will help its owner to learn compassion and caring As for her owner the Prince is an elf like being perhaps a god or an alien from a civilization that looks down on humanity as a lesser animalistic raceThat brings me to the first theme here which is one of dominance and submission Human pets are a common aspect of BDSM erotica usually with a collared slave who happily submits to the role There s a servile submissive element but it s clearly role play Here Peggy strips away the safety and sanity of the role play framework and explores what it really means to be a pet not a person Lydia is ignored her comforts disregarded and often completely dismissed not out of cruelty but simple neglect She nearly dies because the Prince doesn t give any thought to her needs and than once is kicked like a puppy when he s in a bad mood It s a relationship that evolves throughout the tale but that role of pet that uestion of ownership is always thereNot surprisingly the theme that excited me the most is the one that Peggy uses to take the story outside the gender binary The Prince when we meet him is a smooth hairless genderless being on the cusp of maturity at which time he will choose a gender The very idea of being able to choose a gender is an attractive one but Peggy doesn t play it safe or easy The Prince comes from a culture where only firstborns are expected to choose male and younger siblings female The fact that he has chosen male is a great scandal putting both Lydia and himself in grave danger There s some fascinating exploration particularly in the latter part of the book into why he chose male what prompted it and what it all means Anybody who has ever stepped outside the gender binary will immediately appreciate the dilemma he faces Actually the Prince s world is one in which sex is just as bent as gender but I will restrain myself as much as I d love to gush over the imagination there and not spoil the surprisesThe final theme here is one of consent Lydia is very aware of her circumstances and painfully aware of the ways both deliberate and unconscious in which the Prince tries to domesticate her and win her affection She knows all about feeling like a victim She s aware of the perils of Stockholm syndrome and she constantly uestions her own actions towards the Prince The uestion of rape looms large over the entire story and if it gets uncomfortable at times well it should To easily dismiss it or resolve it would be to neuter the whole story and some rolegender reversal in the final act of the story really brings this theme homeThere are so many things I d love to say about the story itself but you really need to let it develop for yourself Peggy took it in places I so did not expect challenging me delighting me and ultimately rewarding me with an absolutely perfect ending Lips Like Ice is often deeply thoughtful to the point of being philosophical but just as often tender erotic and exciting OMG is it ever worth a read As published on Bending the Bookshelf

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Hidden dangers her terms are not open for discussion not when their thirst for one another could doom them both In a court where monarchs are obeyed and sexual hierarchies are strict one wrong move could end the Prince for ever and what would happen to Lydia the. 35 stars Would ve been an easy 4 with better editing and then a 5 with less heavy handedness I read it for the human alien pairing


About the Author: Peggy Barnett

Peggy Barnett is the erotica pseudonym of a Toronto based SFF author Peggy writes stories for the thinking erotica reader She likes to write stories that are both one handed reading and topical discussions of consent non binary gender the full spectrum of sexuality and romanticism and relationships that bloom beyond monogamy



10 thoughts on “Lips Like Ice

  1. says:

    45 starsI loved this book Right from the blurb till the last line I loved the way the characters were framed I hate the usual big horny aliens with bad dialogue This hero is definitely uniue He's an alien elf and the King's second child In this alien elf world the second child must choose to become female A sexgender can be chosen at will with this race and with there being already a firstborn male it's expected this second child will choo

  2. says:

    35 StarsThis one is a very ethereal and uniue read it's really a hard one to explain adeuately and put into words being so unusualSo this is not some erotic pet play type sci fi it's actually of a coming of age story a journey of self discovery that could play out against any backdrop not just here it just happens to be set on an alien worldIt's about teaching someone care and compassion for someone apparently inferior and at the same tim

  3. says:

    Well now this certainly wasn't the book that I was expecting When Peggy Barnett pitched it to me I thought it would just be a fun bit of erotic gender bending fluff Of course knowing Peggy and knowing what else she writes I really should have expected Yes there is a lot of eroticism here and it definitely breaks the gender binary but none of it is fluff In fact Lips Like Ice is a very deep very thoughtful story that goes to some very dark p

  4. says:

    This wasn't the book I was expecting I expected some sort of weird sci fi erotica I think but this ended up being a fully fl

  5. says:

    Lydia holds still and lets him and says nothing Because what else do you do when your kidnapper your warden your eventual p

  6. says:

    What to say about this most unusual novel? I found this book very provocative in light of current national events regarding gender identity At turns this book will intrigue horrify soothe and excite In all ways it is an emotional and physical roller coaster I've never linked to another review before but the on

  7. says:

    Rightwellthat was certainly interesting This is a story that deals with the issue of gender identity in a uniue and diffe

  8. says:

    Well that was interesting Not sure what I think of it though The good The premise is uniue I love the idea of a MMC eschewing tradition so he can have his woman on his own terms At least that's what I thought the story was

  9. says:

    35 stars Would've been an easy 4 with better editing and then a 5 with less heavy handedness I read it for the human alien pairing

  10. says:

    Let's get this out of the way I do not read romances Not only do I not read romances but until last year I was one of those horrendous snobs who looked down upon Romances capital R as being somehow lesser than my precious spec fic

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