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Curio by Cara McKenna
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Jan 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: ebook, 4-star, read-2012, erotica
Read on December 10, 2012

There are a ton of things I loved about this book. That she managed to make a 29 year old virgin heroine a grown-up member of the real world is one of them. Caroly may have had self-image issues and a fear of rejection that turned her off dating and on to patronizing a prostitute, but she had a libido and a sexuality of her own. She was the virgin, but she wasn't an ingenue. Their first encounter has Caroly asking Didier to masturbate in front of her, and her increasingly confident requests throughout the night showed a woman taking an active role rather than submitting passively to a seduction.

I also loved that while Didier clearly enjoyed the concept of being her first sexual partner, she was neither the first virgin who'd come to him nor was she the first woman he wanted to date since he'd become a prostitute. He'd had two relationships before that fell apart over perfectly normal issues. Avoiding the old "tortured soul healed by a pure woman's love" cliche was awesome. Didier wasn't the least bit emotionally closed off. He's just an agoraphobic lover of women.

Where the book faltered was the dialog. While I thought lots of Caroly's personality came through it the first-person narration, the dialog often felt wooden. They often spoke in paragraphs, Didier especially, and it felt scripted for the sake of the plot.
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5.0% ""Pigeons paced on the ledge outside the window, their little bird motors idling, purring and cooing their contentment." Oh, Cara. You shameless bird squozener, you."

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