Alchemy XII New Year’s Eve by Tamsin Flowers (Review)

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It’s no secret that I love Tamsin‘s writing.  (Click for my reviews of Zombie Erotocylse and Pow! Shibari Girl)

What is Alchemy XII?  Tamsin has come up with a unique concept.  Right now you can read New Years Eve (the series prologue) for free.  Starting January 1, 2015 a new chapter will be published each month, unfolding in parallel to the year Olivia will be trained by Harry.  You can subscribe and get each chapter monthly, an omnibus each quarter, or a single volume at the end of the year.  As a big fan of the Serial podcast, I think it’s a brilliant way to tell the story–even though I’m dying to know what happens next and I’m pouting that January first is still weeks away.

Harry is the reigning prince of Alchemy–an elite club that inhabits a Chicago sky scraper.  As December draws to a close, Harry must pick his fourth trainee for the upcoming year.  Olivia Roux catches his eye and stirs more than his cock.  Will she consent to a year under his tutelage?

“Listen, darlin’, if you’re going to give submission a try, there’s one thing we need to get straight. You submit. I command.”

Olivia’s eyes dropped to the floor.

“Give me a safe word.”


“I intend to make you use it.”


Feisty worked for him. He’d never been one for totally subservient subs. It took all the fun out of it.

As a fan of BDSM erotica, I’ve run across a lot of Doms and Dommes. The only one who has ever made it onto my #fictionalcrushes list is Sandy from Those Girls and Those Boys (review here) by Alison Tyler.  Harry just joined the list.  Although I’ve only had 35 pages to get to know Harry, I’m ready to take Olivia’s place if she were to turn him down.

In Alchemy xii, I’ve tried to create a Dom who’s a person first and a Dom second. Harry’s mischievous and funny, irreverent and charming, and, when he’s in the mood, a skilled Dominant. Olivia, his sub, is an experienced woman who’s already seeking out the world of kink when Harry discovers her. But she’s not the least bit interested in submitting and has no intention of calling anybody “Sir”.

–Tamsin Flowers on her characters Harry and Olivia in an interview with Go Deeper Press.

What makes Harry compelling is that he’s not the ALL POWERFUL SERIOUS YET MAGICAL DOM WHO KNOWS ALL WITHOUT YOU SAYING A WORD that I find so tiresome.  He is a complex character with more going on in his life than just topping.

Harry has a good friend and mentor in Belladonna, who won’t hesitate to take him down a peg or two.  Their body language and snappy banter show that they have a history in bed and out of it.  I can’t wait to see more of Belladonna, especially once she takes Olivia’s measure.

His nemesis is Dick Glass, Alchemy’s pony play trainer and a member of their board. Tamsin uses one direct encounter and two further mentions of Glass to hint at the impending explosion betwixt the two men.  I want to know what happened between Dick and Raf to get the latter kicked out of the training program.  How Harry will handle Olivia going to pony camp one month?

When it comes to Olivia, Harry swings between confidence and uncertainty. Olivia isn’t like his other trainees who are described as “pretty little subby types who were simply gasping to get their asses whipped and their wrists bound by a hard man with a big, bad cock.”  They have an amazing night together, but will she sign on for the training program?  He has the arrogance to ask her to do so just hours before midnight, but isn’t sure that she’ll accept before the deadline.

One of his four trainees is male, which excites me–there aren’t nearly enough bisexual doms in quality erotica.  Sandy is the only other one to come to mind.

One of my favorite things about Tamsin’s writing is the way she finds just the right words to paint a picture in your mind, and New Year’s Eve is no exception.

“Wiping her eyes, she turned her attention back to the spanking scene like a vicar confronting a plate of oysters.”–pg 4

“Who wouldn’t want to be dominated by an Amazonian Domme with a waterfall of blonde curls and thighs that could crack your skull?”-pg 8

“Welts rose like the red tails of comets across a dawn sky.”-pg. 12

Give yourself a reward for getting through (most of) 2014–read Alchemy XII: New Year’s Eve and then subscribe.  I’d be shocked if you don’t agree with what I told Tamsin upon finishing it…

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10 Responses

  1. Delilah, I can’t thank you enough for this wonderful review. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed reading it and I’m delighted that you’ve totally got the measure of my bad boy Harry! If Olivia drops out, I’ll send him your way – that’s a promise!

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  3. […] For my review of Alchemy xii: New Years Eve, go here. […]

  4. […] made a rash promise to Raf in the New Year’s Eve chapter (review here), and now she has to keep it–that she will submit to him.  Harry takes her to Master […]

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