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As Francesca

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Elaine, ambitious and hardworking, plays by the rules at the office so well that she's on the brink of an impressive promotion. But in the cyberspace world she visits every night as "Francesca," her daytime self disappears. On-line, her cool mastery gives way to abject obedience as the mysterious "Inez" seduces her into demeaning--and irresistible--sexual adventures. When...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 5th 1998 by Broadway Books (first published 1997)
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I almost didn't read this book. I was up to about page 40 when I decided to keep reading. I had told myself that if it didn't improve by page 50, I would stop. But it did improve, though not by much. My initial problem with the book was the feeling that it was going to be pages and pages of online S&M erotica, which I found rather ho hum. But then the intrigue started and there was less of that and more of the main character's 'real' world as she tried to work out who her online mistress was...more
Hot and steamy for about 1/10th of the book, otherwise could be quite dull. I found myself really liking it about halfway through and then just got more and more frustrated and disappointed as it went on. The main character was so unlikeable. There was sex, but it was never descriptive enough. I'm not entirely sure I'd place this book in the erotica section. It was sexual, of course, but it wasn't like I ever felt the need to cover what I was reading or else I'd be considered delinquent.

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I paid 20 cents for this book at a library used book sale. I paid too much. I skip read hoping it would get better but it didn't. Even the porn was poorly done. It is one of those tortuous laments, feel y books where the lead character is full of self." How can I live?" "Woe is me!". Ick!
Liz DeMarco
I really mark a book "didn't like", yet this book left me feeling nothig except I wanted to put it down. Maybe it was the subject matter, maybe the writing, not sure what it was, but really disliked this one.
Dana Mccloskey
Kinda....weird? This pretty much read like a porno...a very predictable porno. There were aspects of it that I liked but overall it was more on the lame side. Good thing I only payed $1 for it.
Another book I received as part of my BOMC introductory set years ago... an internet sexual relationship goes awry and creates for some stimulating intrigue. A very engaging and quick read.
creepy dark twist.
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