Nelson Rockingham Rides The Unicorn: A Smut Vault Review

Can you believe it’s been nearly a month that I’ve been locked inside the Vault? I’ve kept track of the days by keeping a tally scratched on the inside of the door, but with each passing day, I feel a stronger sense of desperation. To tell you the truth, these shoes are starting to look mighty tasty… While I mull that idea over, let’s take a look at the most recent title Master tossed to me through the tiny slot in the door: Unicorn by Syrette Fox (formally known as Evie Rose). Hmm… I bet I could eat an entire unicorn right now, damn the Harry Potter consequences! I am willing to take the risk, since I’m salivating over footwear in here!

Our story today centers around the married couple of Scarlett (Scar), and Trey. They’ve been together for quite some time, had a few children together, and have seemed to hit what might best be described as the dreaded “Seven Year Slump.” A comfortable and happy lifestyle has bred a fair amount of complacency and a staleness in their relationship, especially in the bedroom. In order to feel young and dangerous again, Scar takes a plunge into the modern, unknown waters of the online dating world.

Using what I imagine to be a trusty Craigslist ad, Scar finds the young, voluptuous Ryan, the “unicorn” from the title. You can look up what that means for yourself, you have the entire Internet sitting in the palm of your hand. I’m not here to spoon-feed you sexual definitions, especially since I don’t even have any spoons inside the Vault to begin with! Anyway, with the addition of “Ryan” (a female Ryan by the way), immediately this story starts to take on an entirely new meaning to me. While I am still a bit green to this whole erotica scene, a mere squire to Matt’s knight, but based on IRL experiences, unisex names like “Ryan”, “Logan”, and “Taylor” are all but guaranteed to be 11/10’s on the hotness scale. So my expectations for this story going forward are sky high, based everything I know from my personal first-hand knowledge.

Our intrepid trio arrange to meet at the local swingers club, and from there the story ramps up significantly. There’s a lengthy bit of foreplay among the three of them, all the while building an astounding amount of sexual tension. The reader, as well as the characters involved, are thoroughly rewarded for this teasing in the end. Obviously, the premise of this whole story requires a specific and strong type of relationship so not to end up in either a cat fight and/or divorce. Scar and Trey are able to freely and securely explore unknown aspects of their sexuality, and their emotional bond is made stronger from taking these chances. It’s the beginning of a whole new adventure!

Now, I did not choose that last word without purpose. The term “adventure” or “adventurous” is used excessively throughout.  While I do not wish to nitpick, since I absolutely enjoyed this book, but such repetition is indicative of a larger issue I do have with Unicorn. The story changes perspective from chapter to chapter, and we spend time from the point of view of all three characters in this story. In order to facilitate this transition, certain parts of the exposition are then more-or-less repeated. Some of these moments are meant to add dimension to the characters, and I absolutely appreciate that. Despite my lack of experience on the subject, I feel like that is difference between great and masterful. Something that makes a story good for multiple readings. My only wish for this story is that we didn’t have to relive each character’s developmental arc each time we jump back inside their head. This is ends up feeling redundant, our attention and memory spans are greater than those of a coked-up goldfish.

Verdict: All that being said, do not misunderstand me: the sexual aspects of this story are fan-fucking-tastic. The pacing is magnificent, and the scenes are (s)expertly done; I genuinely felt like a fly on the wall of some seedy sex club. On the whole, this is likely the best erotic piece I have read to date, and Ms. Fox has done an outstanding job. Be sure to get in on the ground floor before she realizes she could charge more!

Special thanks to Syrette Fox for allowing us to read Unicorn. Please follow her on Twitter and consider a purchase of her work here.

Follow Nelson Rockingham on Twitter, he needs more friends…it’s lonely in the vault, and honestly, it’s starting to smell kinda weird in here.

One comment

  1. Hey Nelson — thank you so much for the review!!! Perhaps because my own attention span barely surpasses that of a coked up goldfish, I had not realized I was making you retread so much info. I am really appreciative of the feedback, which I am definitely going to use to make my next story (coming soon!) all the better. Thanks again, you sexy beast you 💋

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