Author: Susanna Eastman
Publisher: Loose Id
Rating: 3.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Geeky math genius Carolyn Hardy has lived a quiet, secluded life. She’s never dated anyone who could float her boat—and has no idea how to meet sexy and sophisticated men. When she finally admits her desire for incredible sex and romance, her confession leads her to Fantasy, a secret and sophisticated sex club. Martin Fuller has seen it all, done it all. Edgy sex partners haven’t been exciting enough, and he’s worried what will be next. Then, he meets sweet Carolyn and all bets are off.
They both understand the rules: Fantasy is for fun, commitment-free sex. Encounters are anonymous, consensual and focused on pleasure. A relationship is not on the table. Falling in love is the last thing on their minds.
Review: This is a pretty good read, in spite of its shortcomings, and it has a couple. It’s first shortcoming is that it is…well…short… 66 pages. If the publisher hadn’t sent me this book, it’s highly doubtful that I would pay the 3.99 price for such a short read. That’s a real shame, too. This is a pretty good new-to-me author and I might have missed her work. Then, there was a glaring editing error…an important secondary character’s name was changed from Glenda to Gloria in the same paragraph. And, there is the issue of the twenty-four year old woman with an intact hymen. Has she never used a tampon?Those might have been non-issues by the time I finished the story…if the story had been longer. Short reads have got to be flawless. There just isn’t enough time to get so caught up in the author’s world that flaws are forgotten.
What did I like about the book? The characters! Carolyn, who goes by Caro at Fantasy, and Martin, known as Marcos at the club are beautifully written. I loved them. There are quite a few sexual encounters in this story, so I guess that qualifies it as erotica, but it is so sweetly written that it just screamed pure romance to me.
If you can overlook a few things, this is a short read that almost anyone would enjoy. I would truly love to read a full length novel by Ms. Eastman.