Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
An enchanting eBook debut about a world where your fantasies come true and nothing is quite what it seems. Come on in to realize your heart’s darkest desire…
Virginal twenty-two-year-old Mary has just inherited a sex shop in Florida from her mother. After a long drive from California, she arrives at her deceased mother’s house only to be confronted immediately with two equally sexy strangers: the strong, silent John and the irreverent, taunting Max. She’s innocent, almost completely untouched, but feels a completely uncharacteristic pull to each man. Shocking even herself, she realizes it’s not an unwelcome desire.
Max is a playboy who knows how to give women what they want, but John… John might just be able to give Mary something even she doesn’t know she needs…
I want to thank NetGalley and Pocket Star for the chance to perform an advance review on this novella. I unfortunately am late! The novel released today!!!! Okay, off to the review.
My first impression of the first eight chapters was shaky to say the least. I can relate to the virginal Mary, but it did not make any sense that she would just jump into bed with the first guy to show interest. I know there are people that would in real life, but her characterization does not lead the reader to believe she would do that nor would she agree to be trained as a dominatrix without a second thought on the subject. Don’t get me wrong, I liked her and the friendship that all the characters share, I just didn’t see her acceptance of the “sex parties” as believable that early on in the novel.
Now to the two hot leading men….yes we are intrigued. Max is very forthcoming with his attraction to Mary and even starts ‘moving’ in on her very quickly. Again, Mary seemed to take the advance with no issues and she only met the man a few hours or days before. Not completely out of character, but not fully believable either. Man number two, John…Mary meets him briefly while he was walking with the dog in the beginning. Mary falls quickly for him and ends up giving him her virginity and a night of sex…more believable. Mary’s feelings and attraction to the two men are not uncommon and you can relate with her being drawn to both. I reread the novella before posting the review to see if I could change my initial thoughts on it. Suspending my belief on certain aspects, I did enjoy the novella more than the first time. By the end of the second part (review to come) I was actually involved in the characters and eager to see what happens next.
The first part of the novel is not a bust, but a rather enjoyable read. I am interested in seeing how the rest of the story plays out.