Review of a. aimee's
erotic romance with a graphic title
Most married women only dream of having sex with other men, but Rachel actually does. And it gets her into all kinds of trouble. From Amsterdam to the French Riviera to New York City…from her blond lover Stefan, to aristocratic Albert, and mad doctor Howard, Rachel tastes forbidden fruit – and likes it. That is until life takes a very surprising turn!
First the author:
The story is varied and kept me reading. There were parts that could have been explored, such as backstory of her marriage. I felt bad for the husband through the first half of the book, because all that was said was that he was cold and boring. Then later it says she fears him, but no explanation as to why. The husband is concerned about her and expects her to rest and cares for the child--that does not sound scary. He does show negative characteristics later, but I think that was more hurt and frustration.
The book starts out as a narration, rather than showing us the action and dialogue, but changes later which improved it as it went along. I would have liked more information on the relationship with Stefan: how did they meet? How close were they and for how long? For a time, this book seemed to be about a Dominant/submissive couple, then we find out that Stephan is submissive to Albert. In true D/s relationships, she would be protected and cared for, and certainly not turned over into a situation where she would suffer mental trauma--so that threw that dynamic awry. The character was incredibly selfish, even when her father died, she was only concerned with herself. Then the focus changed from D/s to more of a drama/romance. At one point I felt as though I was reading a public service announcement by a hypocrite (the character, not the author). She adamantly objected to a controversial topic--yet behaved in ways that directly conflicted with those beliefs. But then again, if all characters were perfect, we would have no stories.
Despite this, I think the author is quite imaginative and can surely produce some interesting and riveting drama, romance, and erotica. Much of what I found flawed was NOT in her writing, but the publisher's work. I hope to read more from this author as I'm sure as she progresses along her writing journey, she will blossom into her own.
New authors rely on others to guide them through this process, and John Hunt Publishing failed in my opinion. The title in the US culture is considered offensive, and although it might have it's place in within the pages of erotica, the "P word" as a title is off putting---even to me, an author of sexually explicit writing. The cover is decent but he text should be enlarged and the red should be outlined to better see it in a thumbnail. It does not stand out enough as is.
Although it must have gone through proofreading rounds (I only saw a couple instances of "you" instead of "your" and one present tense instead of past), it does not seem to have gone through editing. An example would be the repeated use of "creep", "heart contracted", and "reverie". Some of the long narration and over use of exclamations would probably have been eliminated, and some things would have been inserted. And word choices--I'm assuming the author is British, or at least outside of the US. With that said, I'm unsure if she is familiar with our "lingo" or "slang". Words such as: dude, drag, old man, super all made this sound dated. Those words are not used in contemporary US as was written in this book.
Finally, the price of the book--- $7.19 for 198 pages is very high for a book from a new author. Again, this is often a mistake that new authors make. However, this publisher I'm sure has set the price, not the author. I just noticed her follow up book is priced at 99 cents USD.
Overall, I say that this author will soon be turning out some intense and interesting reads. Keep an eye on her, even if you read the preview and decide this book is not for you. Some readers can overlook the publisher's flaws, some cannot.