Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review # 290: Tickling Daphne H. by Veronica Frances

     Tickling Daphne H. follows the ticklish journeys of Daphne, Dave, Carol and Harold, exploring how tickling deeply affects the lives of these four people. The story deals with the many different faces of tickling; the addictive and torturous, the pleasurable and erotic and the humorous and romantic. 
     This is the very unusual love story of Daphne and Dave, two people facing their tickle-demons together. It is primarily the journey of Daphne, a 21-year-old very ticklish woman. Daphne finds herself in a world where every important person in her life has a tickling fetish, including her boyfriend Dave. She finds herself constantly surrounded by feathers and wiggling fingers, unable to escape the taunting sounds of her own laughter. She is also unable to escape her own mixed-up feelings about tickling. 
     As Daphne’s relationship with Dave grows, she must learn to face her fears and deeper feelings about tickling, for the sake of their relationship and herself.

     Sometimes I choose to read outside of my comfort zone and am very surprised by what I find; Tickling Daphne H. was one of those welcome, albeit unconventional, surprises. At first glance I wasn't particularly thrilled by the premise of "tickling fetish erotica", especially since I am normally not a fan of the genre, but after a few chapters I began to understand the appeal. Daphne and Dave's strange relationship started out a little odd - Daphne's stepmother's actions creeped me out a little bit - however, as the story progressed, the characters and their unique personas started to grow on me. Daphne was a very complex character, deeper than I expected for an erotic novel. Her brat-like attitude was a turn-off at first, but her character seemed to evolve as the book continued. I did not really understand the plethora of tickling fetishes that were swirling around in the beginning, but once I got into the novel I realized how each of the characters viewed tickling and its role in their daily lives. Dave, Daphne, Carol and Harold all had reasons for their actions and sexual preferences, each one of them well-developed and highly relatable. Before I met these characters I had never viewed tickling as a sexual device, nor had I believed it to be a type of torture. I cannot imagine being so ticklish that I was in constant fear of someone poking me and causing an outburst; something the main character lives with daily. Overall, I enjoyed the characters and the back-story, but I was not a fan of the drawn out sex scenes or the laugh-riddled dialogue. I would have preferred if some sections were not so immature sounding, but I did laugh quite a bit throughout the experience.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

About the Author:

     Veronica Frances is the pseudonym for a creative writer, residing in New York City. She has had a love of tickling for her entire life. She enjoys singing and writing songs. She also writes non-fiction and poetry. Her latest book is Tickling Daphne H.

Tour Schedule

Monday, March 4 – Book Review, Chapter Reveal & Guest Blogging at Close Encounters with the Night Kind

Tuesday, March 5 – Interview at A Little Bit of R&R

Wednesday, March 6 – Guest Blogging at Wickedly Sexy Writers

Friday, March 8 – Guest Blogging at Inside BJ’s Head

Monday, March 11 – Interview at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, March 12 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Wednesday, March 13 – First Chapter Reveal at Lori’s Reading Corner

Thursday, March 14 – First Chapter Reveal at Spicy Romance Connection

Friday, March 15 – Book Featured at Delphina Reads Too Much

Monday, March 18 – Interview at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, March 19 – Guest Blogging at Bookingly Yours

Wednesday, March 20 – Book Featured at Between the Covers

Thursday, March 21 – Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond

Monday, March 25 – Book Featured at Book Marketing Buzz

Friday, March 29 – Interview at The Writer’s Life

Monday, April 1 – Interview at Examiner

Tuesday, April 2 – Book Review at Book Reviews and More by Kathy

Wednesday, April 3 – Guest Blogging at The Paperback Pursuer

Thursday, April 4 – Guest Blogging at Passionate Encounters

Friday, April 5 – Guest Blogging at Butterfly-o-Meter

Monday, April 8 – Book Review at Sweet n’ Sassy

Tuesday, April 9 – Interview at Blogcritics

Wednesday, April 10 – First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn

Thursday, April 11 – Interview at As the Pages Turn

Friday, April 12 – Guest Blogging at Love Books! Book Reviews

Monday, April 15 - Book Feature at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, April 16 – Interview at Paperback Writer

Thursday, April 18 – Book Review at The Paperback Pursuer

Friday, April 19 – Book Review at My Reading Obsession

Friday, April 19 – Guest Blogging at Naughty Readers

Monday, April 22 – Interview at American Chronicle

Tuesday, April 23 – Guest Blogging at Socrates Book Reviews

Monday, May 6 – Book Review at Nightstand Novels

Tuesday, May 7 – Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth

Wednesday, May 8 – Book Featured at You Gotta Read

Thursday, May 9 – Interview at Between the Covers

Friday, May 10 – Book Review at Janna Shay’s Blog

Monday, May 13 – First Chapter Reveal at Literal Exposure

Tuesday, May 14 – Interview at Book Marketing Buzz

Wednesday, May 15 – Guest Blogging at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, May 16 – Interview at Beyond the Books

Monday, May 20 – Interview at Review From Here

Tuesday, May 21 – Book Review at Blog a Book ETC…

Thursday, May 23 – Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Friday, May 24 – Book Featured at Plug Your Book

Monday, May 27 – Book Review at Sara’s Organized Chaos

Friday, May 28 – Interview at Broowaha

1 comment:

  1. Hi Allizabeth, thanks again for participating in my tour and for having me on your blog. Can you please post your review on Amazon? I would really appreciate it.