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Desperate Measures, by Katee Robert

haramis's review against another edition

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3.0

100% not my thing. At all.

cr27x00's review against another edition

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dark

3.0

quicunquevult's review against another edition

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If you ask me, the most underrated skill in the world is knowing exactly what you want to do it and then doing it.

This book knows exactly what it wants to do and then does it.

It’s ridonkulously fun.

It’s Disney princesses & Disney villains. But, y’know, set in a not super defined modern AU. And everyone is kinky. And nearly everyone is bi. At least so far all the women have been bi. I am taking it as read the same goes for the menz.

The self-consciously irrelevant plot here is that Jafar as taken over Jasmine’s father’s business empire and laid claim to Jasmine as a kind of war prize. Because reasons? Jafar and Jasmine have long-standing chemistry that culminates in … well. Everything you’d expect.

Which is to say mild daddy kink and lots o’ banging.

Absurd as it may sound to discuss the artistic merits of what is essentially naughty Disney fanfic, there’s a hell of a lot to admire in this book. For me, everything about it was judged exactly right. It’s giddy and gleeful but utterly self-aware. Jasmine’s consent is paramount, not just to Jafar but to the book. Her needs, equally, take centre stage: not just her sexual desires but her emotional ones, for freedom and agency. There’s no question that what she enjoys in the bedroom should spill beyond that. It’s an understated arc but watching both characters learn how to put that into practice is really satisfying. Psychologically I mean. As to the other ways some people might find this book satisfying, I could not possibly comment.

My only real peeve was Jafar—one of THE most queer-coded Disney villains—comes across depressingly straight. Humph.

(CW for CNC if you do pick this one up)

jaelavina's review

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dark lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

1.5

animebloodqueen's review

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adventurous dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5


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lollypopzoo's review

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4.0

This is the most bananas book I’ve read and I loved it through the end!

bookforallhearts's review

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dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.5

melissaulv's review against another edition

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dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

ceidwades's review against another edition

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4.0

Don't talk to me.

min1234's review

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challenging dark emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

2.5


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