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The Flavor of Summer by Lyra Marlowe
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Jun 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: for-review, erotic, contemporary, romance

Take two ‘society’ misfits and bring them together. Throw in a second chance for them, and watch as the sparks fly!

David Green met Ariel Sanborn in high school. He was a geek; she was what everyone termed as ‘the school slut’. David however knew there was more to Ariel, but high school comes and goes without him taking a step in the direction of the girl who occupies all his fantasies.

Ten years down the line, the high school reunion is just around the corner. David bumps into Ariel again, and this time does indeed find out there is more to Ariel – she is sexually submissive, and will do anything the man dominating her tells her to.

Ariel wants David to dom her. David is no longer a geek but he’s something close – he’s a tax accountant. Nothing exciting there. Could Ariel change this though? David wants her, but he isn’t sure he is the man – the Dom – she needs.

Will Ariel convince him? And even more important, what happens after they indulge in sex? Life is not confined to a bedroom. Will they be able to face all it has to throw their way?

I went into this story expecting the usual so-so kind of buildup before the D/s sex scenes took place. How wrong Ms. Marlowe proved me to be! Rarely have I come across characters that leapt off the page as in THE FLAVOR OF SUMMER.

David is a nice guy, sweet and oftentimes, so insecure and hesitating he tugs at the heartstrings of the female reader. This man is driven by his own personal convictions and no outside factor will make him change his mind. This is especially true where Ariel is concerned. With her, he emerges as a modern version of Prince Charming, a man who sweeps her off her feet because he sees her for who she is inside and not the shameless woman everyone visualizes her as.

Ariel is a woman confident in her own skin and beliefs, and Ms. Marlowe makes this fact apparent through the strength’s of Ariel’s POV. However, Ariel is a young woman who is looking for something no one is willing to give her – a chance. When David comes along, she isn’t prepared for the storm that takes over her life. Ariel has always liked him, but was afraid he would dismiss her for being who she was.

Ms. Marlowe paints a world that screams with accuracy where the closed mindset of people is concerned. Emotions grab you on the edge of your seat, and hope starts to beat in your heart. Will these two have their reunion this time?

The world of D/s is beautifully portrayed, and it is very commendable that Ms. Marlowe wrote about the lifestyle as it is and as it takes place and didn’t glamorize it or stretch it into what most believe it to be.

(Review courtesy of Romance Junkies)

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