Woo hoo! It's been ages since I've read any erotica, and I mean ages. At least a year and a half (I checked - thank you, Goodreads). And this was erotWoo hoo! It's been ages since I've read any erotica, and I mean ages. At least a year and a half (I checked - thank you, Goodreads). And this was erotica worthy of the name. The characters were great, the chemistry was sexy, and despite a seemingly contrived concept, it was handled in a very realistic way. (I honestly can't see such a situation happening in real life. But if it did, it could happen like this. Really.) There's no handcuffs, ties, switches, gags, or anything of the like. Just two regular people (a salesman and a number cruncher of some kind, if I remember correctly) having some steamy times. It definitely has that touch of P.S. I Love You feel, except here the deceased husband thinks his widowed wife needs to move on by getting laid. And somehow this plot works. I promise. It's funny, touching (emotionally!) and sexy. The characters feel real. And it takes place in Toronto instead of some unnamed city, which gives it a better touch of reality. (Although I don't know that I've ever read any mainstream fiction that takes place in Toronto, so now it's a city full of horny people in my imagination!)
I would recommend this over any other erotica I've read (except maybe Alice Clayton's Redhead trilogy). It just seemed a lot more engaging and emotionally oriented than others I've read, more female fantasy than male fantasy. I immediately went looking to see what else d'Abo has written, and while many don't look like my type of book, there are definitely a few I'm looking forward to trying the next time the genre beckons. And apparently this one will have a sequel, 30 Nights. Woo!
The fine print: received ARC from NetGalley....more
Way better than Fifty Shades of Grey, and I only read the galley version of this one! I liked the story better... Double the emotionally damaged partiWay better than Fifty Shades of Grey, and I only read the galley version of this one! I liked the story better... Double the emotionally damaged parties and zero the inner goddess talk. Sure, it was still ridiculous, but erotica wouldn't work otherwise. My main issue was some of the word choice during sex scenes, just because I'm not a big fan of certain blunt (and to me, unsexy) words. Still, it was good stuff. And can you say library love scene? ;)
The fine print: received ARC from NetGalley....more
I almost had to give this 4 stars because it was even better than the first book, but the repetitiveness really got to me. I like the character dynamiI almost had to give this 4 stars because it was even better than the first book, but the repetitiveness really got to me. I like the character dynamics, and I see what my sister meant about discovering Christian's character part of what makes the series so good. I'm still stunned that I'm enjoying these so much, but I can't wait for book 3!...more
So, I read it. I did this more from a sense of professional responsibility than a desire to read it, but I figured that with so many people talking abSo, I read it. I did this more from a sense of professional responsibility than a desire to read it, but I figured that with so many people talking about it (is this the first ever mainstream erotica?), I should find out what to tell patrons who asked about it. I figured I would read as far as I could and then stick it on my "too-bad-to-finish" shelf, and yet here I am, finished.
Well, I really can see the appeal. Sure, it's not the best written book, and it is often repetitive but it's not meant to be the great American (or I guess British) novel. It's erotica, and it more than accomplishes what erotica sets out to do and then some. The characters aren't complex per se, but they do have a complicated relationship and even complicated thoughts. I liked that Ana didn't just give into Christian's demands, instead continuing to fight him and maintain a situation as comfortable for her as it could be, considering who she was with. And all their cute teasing emails to each other really added to the dynamic.
I did see shades of Twilight, particularly in Christian repeating that he wasn't good for Ana and in the conversation about how he often "dazzles" people (or whatever the term was that James went with here), but I don't know that I would have noticed it if I wasn't aware of the connection.
So, the sex. It was pretty well written and diverse as far as these things go. There was a lot of talk about Christian's BDSM lifestyle, and yet it really only manifested itself in 2 or 3 scenes, only one of which took things to an extreme. For the most part, it could have been any more experimental couple rather than a Dom/sub pair. Probably people who aren't used to erotica thought that the writing of these scenes was ridiculous, but actually it was pretty solid for the genre. (For a hilarious example of ridiculous sex scenes, see the laughable oral scene in Lust in the Library: An Erotic Novella.)
Normally I am super picky about writing style, grammar, etc., and while Ana's constant "oh craps" and "holy shits" were a bit repetitive, I think fair warning really helped me not to notice them. Also, I've seen several mentions of how many British-isms show up, but I mostly noticed an overuse of the word "keen." Like I say, it wasn't the best writing, but it wasn't bad enough to truly frustrate me. Going into these things with a "This is just erotica" mindset really helps.
Yeah, the plot mostly consists of "Will she give in or won't she?" and a whole lot of sexy times, and yet somehow I found myself turning pages as fast as I could to find out what was going to happen, so I can definitely see how it's a compulsive read for so many people. The whole BDSM thing is definitely not my taste, but since it was (as I mentioned) not really that in-your-face, I actually found this book to be quite sexy. And I'll be honest, I really do kind of want to read the next one now to find out what happens to the self-possessed Ana as the controlling Christian tries to possess her. It really toes the line of disrespecting/empowering women, so I hope it stays on the good side. (view spoiler)[Since Ana decided to leave Christian in the end because he was too screwed up and didn't treat her as she wanted to be treated, I'm pretty pleased with the way things stand. Obviously she'll end up with him again, so I hope she maintains her self respect. (hide spoiler)]
And I can't believe I just wrote a fairly positive review of a gigantic book of erotica. Stranger things have happened, I guess.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
So I saw this in the LJ ebook originals section, it was only $0.99, and I had a B&N gift card. So how could I not read it?! :)
I'm still not sure tSo I saw this in the LJ ebook originals section, it was only $0.99, and I had a B&N gift card. So how could I not read it?! :)
I'm still not sure that erotica is really for me, but I certainly fall into the niche market for this one--librarians. Of course there wasn't really any character development or much plot or anything besides sex, because that's the nature of the genre. For what it was though, I thought it was pretty good. The first story seemed a bit less likely (librarian hooks up with complete stranger in her office!) than the second (college student and her crush finally work out their sexual frustration in the library), but both still worked out for their purpose. Some of the sex was sexy and some of it was just plain weird (save the art book by performing oral sex!), but it is was it is.
I think that if this is your kind of thing, you'll like it. Me, I enjoyed parts and laughed out loud at parts (that weren't meant to be funny at all), if that tells you anything....more
Ummm. Not so much. It was okay, good in parts, but mostly kind of a thrown together mess. I know erotic fiction is all about gratuitous sex, but it waUmmm. Not so much. It was okay, good in parts, but mostly kind of a thrown together mess. I know erotic fiction is all about gratuitous sex, but it wasn't very sexy, at least through the first half. Just not my thing, I guess....more
This book was dedicated "To all the women who thought Christine should have stayed with the Phantom," which is a large part of why I decided to read iThis book was dedicated "To all the women who thought Christine should have stayed with the Phantom," which is a large part of why I decided to read it. When you're passionate about a story (as I have been with the Phantom since I was 14), you want those characters to have a chance at happily-ever-after that they don't get in the original. Mostly you imagine the alternate ending in your head. Sometimes you get a chance to see another ending. (Think Scarlett and Gone with the Wind.) In that sense, I was happy to read it.
It was also my first erotic novel. I know that the subtitle said it was erotic, but I didn't really realize that it was going to be practically nothing but erotica. I'm not saying it was bad, just not exactly what I expected. Having never read anything like it before, it's somewhat hard to compare to say how good it was, but I think it was pretty well written. Parts of it were incredibly sexy, while other parts were a bit too sadistic. But again, well written.
I would recommend this if you like erotica, I think. Also if you want Christine and Erik to have a happily-ever-after--and lots of sex in the meantime....more