This is my first time reading this genre. The reasons I read this is in part due to my New Years goal to break out of my reading comfort zone. You know that giant first step, well I took it. The reasons for this particular book "Sinful Urges" are two-fold. I was told that there was a unique and interesting story here, something different for the genre. Here I need to admit that the author is a friend of mine, although when she first mentioned she was venturing into erotica I didn't exactly jump up and down wanting to read it. As I heard more feedback on the book it made sense that I read her first offering. I have made every effort to be honest and unbiased in my opinions.
Overall, I found myself really enjoying the book, actually more than I may have anticipated. I can't say how those who read this genre regularly will react to the heated scenes. The only nit picky thing I can comment on was the overuse of the same terms to describe parts of the anatomy. Then again how many terms or nicknames are there? The storyline is what I most enjoyed and what compelled me to read on. What an amazing ride! No, I won't ruin it and tell you how I meant the pun. One other note, normally life's realities, like practicing safe sex, don't enter into the realm of a lot of adult fiction, it was very refreshing to see the open use of condoms.
We have a married man, Juan, drawn to the wife, Maria, of the couple who has moved in across the street. As they fight then dance and tease each other with their sexual attraction, they tell their thoughts and desires in the privacy of the church confessional, to Father Delgado. It all starts with a light, playful quality that subtly and cleverly changes as the tennis match continues and the sexual tension builds. Juan and Maria face the challenge of their obligations versus their acknowledged selfish needs, they know that it isn't right, hence their going to confession.
"She (Juan's wife) smiled gratefully at him, making him feel small."
Yet the powerful sexual attraction builds and tries to take over, what will win out?
It is like a seesaw or push-me-pull-you with Father Delgado as its humorous center.
"My son, you cannot absolve your sins before you commit them."
What I found interesting is how the author is able to make the priest's predicament not only humorous but also the conscience of the piece. You feel for his situation, which is made all the more difficult because he can't tell either of them or anyone else, without breaking the sanctity of the confessional. Father Delgado's discomfort and despair builds, as their attraction builds at a heated pace. Then the narrative takes a twist that I didn't see coming, forcing me to read on, even though the dogs implored me to take them outside. I had to look in those big brown, imploring eyes and beg them to give me just a bit more time. Thankfully they did so I could read on to the unexpected conclusion.