Monday, January 28, 2013
The Story of Rachel: Book I. Tales of Pandora
Blurb:Rachel Collins is praying. And not for world peace. Thirty six years old and single, her prayer is self-centered. "Kill me now, Lord," she pleads during her latest attempt to meet Mr. Right via the internet.
She’s not hoping for a billionaire or even a millionaire, just a guy who can strike a spark to her tinder! Is she asking too much? She's a great gal! Just ask her parents! She might be a bit naive about some things, but capable enough- she's a correspondent for a major magazine, after all. So there!
On assignment she meets Michael, 42 years old, also a writer. The attraction is immediate and intense. Rachel, who sees vanilla as only a baking ingredient, enchants him. Michael can whip up some pretty hot delights himself, outside of the kitchen. He introduces a curious Rachel to powerful experiences of sensuality. Her Ladylike sense of propriety engages in a running battle with her now sparked Tinderbox desires.
Michael is an excellent cook and knows how to turn up the heat. Sampling the flavors offered, Rachel experiences humorous hiccups. On a date, Michael ramps up the risqué, resulting in a memorable skirt swirling salsa dance. Rachel's "What the hell, I ain't getting any younger" attitude spurs Michael to take her to the exclusive, adults only club Pandora's. Here, Rachel witnesses even more variations of earthly delights, and begins a lifelong friendship with another guest.
Michael is a realist, convinced that within 90 days, his affair with Rachel will be but another painful memory of loss. He is neither willing nor able to yell 'Geronimo' and fall for her. He can't, and that's that.
Maybe he should just get a damn dog.
This modern, urban, grown up love story is a recipe –three cups romance and one cup of slapdash humor. Blend in spices of eroticism, and beat until smooth.
I was provided this book by the author for an open and honest review. When she contacted me to review this book, I did let her know that I review erotica and that if she thought her book would fit that category to send it to me.
If you have been reading this blog, then you know that I read what would be considered hard-core/highly sexual erotica as well as novels with sexually explicit content.
That is not this book... But, that is not a bad thing! I did like this book for what it offered...
Rachel is tired of the men that she's meeting. There's no fire, no passion, no backbone to any of the men that she's met through internet dating sites, blind dates, etc... I think a lot of women can relate to that. She meets Michael and he fulfills all her desires... He's educated, has a good job, actually communicates with her, and they enjoy each other's company. So, why if he's having such a good time with her does he suddenly pull back? Isn't that the same question that women ask every day? When's the last time you discussed your SO's inability to commit? Here's where I really respect Rachel. She's a woman in her late 30's. She's tired of the games, the head-trips, you know... the stuff that guys do to us for whatever reason to make us crazy. She knows she doesn't have the time or the desire to go through this with someone that may not really want her (despite his actions). She calls him out on his BS and doesn't back down. She knows her worth as a woman and a partner to someone. She speaks her mind whether he wants (or is ready) to hear it or not. Every woman should have this confidence.
This is at it's heart a sweet romance with slight drifting into light BDSM. Honestly, I think the way that Michael introduces her to that lifestyle hits the right notes for those women out there who have an interest, but don't want to go too hard/too fast... and definitely do not want to feel as if they have lost their independence, will, etc... There is mutual respect and honesty by both Michael and Rachel during these scenes.
The one thing that I think took away from the book was "Tinderbox". It wasn't needed, was reminiscent of FSOG and could have been approached differently.
Rating this book is a bit hard for me as it is not something that I would have been drawn to normally for this blog. I also can't figure out why it's listed as Comic/Fiction on Amazon... Overall, I would give it 3 stars.
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