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Posted July 13, 2011
Emotional conflict plays out between the sheets. I really enjoyed this story, which I assume is an early Victorian. Dorian, the hero, is a sensualist who likes to please the women he beds. He's all alpha male with a sensitive side. Isabelle is a woman who makes her way in the world by being a paid mistress to wealthy and powerful men. She's got a reputation for being very skilled but she just goes through the motions, feeling no pleasure herself. Dorian is determined to change all of that. Once a year, she picks a man who will pay to be her lover for thirty days. This year Dorian wins and she hopes he can show her something different than the other men she's known. At the same time, it's hard for her to trust that a man can care that way about a woman.
These are two self-protective, proud people who come together in a firestorm of passion. The characters were very easy to relate to, very sympathetic. But the reason they are so sympathetic is the way the author portrays them. The perspective here is very deep, sensual, and emotional. This story is told in vivid moment-to-moment detail as if one were seeing it all unfold through the character's eyes. The conflict between the characters is engaging, ongoing and sexy.
The sex is white hot and very well written. There's a lot feeling underneath the surface in the sexual scenes, wonderful use of subtlety and subtext. The prose is clear and crisp.
I loved the way the author chose to end their story, it's just right for the characters and this story. Any other ending would have felt inauthentic. This is a perfect short story, sexy with a satisfying HEA.
Originally posted at Whipped Cream Reviews
Posted July 26, 2013
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