At 28k words, this taboo romance will force you to consider your true feelings for your siblings.
What Drew Me In
If you’ve read some of my other erotica reviews, you know that I’ve got a soft spot for sibling romance. So, when I came across Kousakacomplex’s The Social Experiment, I was ready to roll.
Setting the Scene
The story is told from the point of view of Caleb, who is visiting his elder sister, Abigail. While there, she convinces him to take part in her research on human behavior. Out of a desire to help his older sister, whom he loves more than anyone in the world, he agrees to take part in ‘the social experiment’, wherein Caleb’s love for his sister will be put to the test.
What I Loved About It
My favorite thing about The Social Experiment, besides the sibling romance that is, is the pace. While there are certainly erotic scenes throughout, they’re never rushed, and the buildup is thorough.
Kousakacomplex takes the time to make the relationship between the siblings meaningful, and best of all, believable.
What I loved the most, is that the story isn’t quickly cut short after our lovers’ first night of passion. We’re taken through what would be the very real trials and tribulations of getting a romance between you and your off the ground.
When banging your brother or sister, there are things to consider: the potential for procreation, social stigmas, giving mom a nervous breakdown, and that sort of thing. I’m a stickler for realism, so this aspect of the story really drove it all home for me.
I also loved the fact that while this was certainly an erotic romance, it maintains its affectionate tone; never devolving into utter smut the way so many modern romances do.
What Could Have Been Better
My only issue, and it’s microscopic, is that despite being told from a male perspective, it lacked descriptions of Caleb’s own sensations. Don’t get me wrong; we know what’s happening in the story and in Caleb’s thought processes as the events unfold. What we don’t get much of, is his physical sensations. There are enough to tell the story, but you could tell the author was a female by the amount of focus put on Abigail’s sensations, and the lack of emphasis on Caleb’s. But all in all, a minor critique.
Anastasia’s Parlor Rating
I give The Social Experiment five stars, because not only was it an excellent sibling romance, it was realistic and tender.
You can read The Social Experiment here.
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