Book Review: ‘Vanilla Steamer’ By Crystal Lacy

Written on 05/08/2021
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Title: Vanilla Steamer
Series: Bold Brew #4
Author: Crystal Lacy
Published: March 18, 2021
Publisher: Self-Published
Cover Artist: Cate Ashwood Designs
Genre: Contemporary Romance; Erotic Romance
Length: 180 Pages
Tags: Gay; M/M; BDSM; Self-Discovery; Hurt/Comfort; Doctor/Physician; HFN; Standalone; Kink: Exhibitionism, Spanking, Rope Play/Shibari; CW: Grief

About Vanilla Steamer 

Our barista likes some spice in his vanilla—and it turns out the customer he’s crushing on might as well.

Vann enjoys his barista job. He enjoys it even more when Landon becomes an early morning regular. Vann can’t resist flirting with the quiet doctor, even though he’s about eighty percent sure Landon is vanilla. That other twenty percent keeps him pushing at Landon’s buttons every time he comes in.

Things such as rope and impact play have never been on Landon’s radar. That changes after he develops an unrelenting crush on the barista who works at the local coffee shop. When he spends more time with Vann, Landon begins to realize his desires are anything but vanilla.

As the two explore Landon’s limits together, shadows of the past materialize to test them. Can Vann and Landon meet those challenges and strengthen their new relationship?

Vanilla Steamer is a stand-alone novel in the multi-author Bold Brew shared universe centered around an inclusive coffee shop set in a fictional small city. Each steaming hot coffee shop romance can be enjoyed alone, but collect all ten for the most fun! This steamy 53,000 word story has themes of new explorations and hurt/comfort, and is relatively low-angst, with a much-deserved happy ending.


Part of the multi-author standalone collection, Bold Brew, Crystal Lacy’s Vanilla Steamer is perfect for anyone looking to take a taste of the world of rope play, or Shibari.   

When Landon, a tall, handsome doctor, walks into Bold Brew needing his coffee fix, Vann never expects the control freak he labels “Vanilla Steamer” (get it – vanilla?) to push his buttons. After all, someone like that wouldn’t submit to his type of “play”, would he? But when a sprained ankle creates opportunity, he finds a few days of lost wages are worth getting to know the guy. 

As they bond over shared grief, Landon finds himself mesmerized, pulled to respond to Vann’s commanding direction. Meanwhile Vann, drawn to offering Landon release, is scared to give it, haunted by his own past. So begins a relationship of discovery and healing for both men. 

If you are looking for a story that depicts the hunger to be bound, and the depth of feeling behind it, then ‘Vanilla Steamer’ is ideal! 

As Landon conveys, “‘I know how it feels to be responsible for someone else’s safety and how much that can weigh on you.’” Little by little they chip away at each other’s fears and discover… it isn’t a far fetch for a healer to need a particular brand of release in order to forget his stress and fears. And a man filled with self-doubt can finally forgive himself.  

Part of the charm of Vanilla Steamer is the cast and how Crystal Lacy invites them to play off one another. From the main characters, to Vann’s family, the customers at the coffee shop – and even ex-lovers – you feel drawn in to their comforting world. 

I would say if someone who enters subspace easily, and in almost every scene, is not your thing – this is probably not the read for you. And I myself was a bit concerned that these men enter scenes where someone in power has not been truthful to the other; isn’t safe and consensual baring all? But if you are looking for a story that depicts the hunger to be bound, and the depth of feeling behind it, then Vanilla Steamer is ideal! 

A copy of Vanilla Steamer was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Crystal Lacy, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

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