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Nick Muncie, superstar, is bored. As he lunches in a trendy restaurant in London, accompanied by his shadowy bodyguard known only as M, his eyes alight on the woman at the next table, artist Olivia Morgan. She rebuffs him. To Nick, accustomed to the pleasures the power of his fame and potent sexual charisma assure him, it is an extraordinary rejection. And so, with M's complicity, a cunning pursuit is devised:. Nick commissions a portrait, and during the emotionally charged sittings in Olivia's studio the ...
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Overview

Nick Muncie, superstar, is bored. As he lunches in a trendy restaurant in London, accompanied by his shadowy bodyguard known only as M, his eyes alight on the woman at the next table, artist Olivia Morgan. She rebuffs him. To Nick, accustomed to the pleasures the power of his fame and potent sexual charisma assure him, it is an extraordinary rejection. And so, with M's complicity, a cunning pursuit is devised:. Nick commissions a portrait, and during the emotionally charged sittings in Olivia's studio the seductive games begin. Talented and self-possessed, Olivia has wrongly thought herself impervious to the flattering attentions of a man like Nick. Intrigued by Nick's power to give pleasure and easily deny it, Olivia is drawn to him against her will, but the intoxicating fantasies of their lunchtime trysts too quickly evolve into a destructive cycle of passionate sex and submission. In the heat of their relationship, the balance of power shifts. Olivia finds herself physically enthralled as she is emotionally appalled at her surrender, while Nick is slowly consumed by his own desire. For both Nick and Olivia, as well as the silently watching M, lunch releases dangerous appetites.

A talented painter with a devoted yet absent fiance, Oliva Morgan is not the type of woman to be tempted by another man, but one chance encounter at lunch changes all that. In a fateful instant, Nick Muncie, a famous actor, chooses Oliva as his unwitting target for his twisted games and a cycle of passionate encounters begins.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First-novelist Moline huffs and puffs through a soft-core scorcher that gilds a handful of sadomasochistic fantasies with celebrity trappings. Renowned London painter Olivia Morgan is lunching with her dealer when her eyes lock with those of Nick Muncie, Hollywood's sexy bad boy flavor-of-the-day who, though dismissed as beefcake, is playing the title role in a movie about Faust. Soon the words and machinations of narrator ``M,'' Nick's muscular, scarred ``majordomo,'' lure Olivia into Nick's bed, where she's drawn into violent games. M watches the increasingly destructive affair through a peephole, waxes poetic and hints at a shared, horrific past to explain the dark compulsions that drive Nick--and, through him, the pliable Olivia, who is risking reputation, limb and a loving fiance for her demon lover. With gorgeously appointed assignations sweetening the requisite whips, black leather and videotapes, the edgy, showy titillation filling these pages will draw fans of the bestseller Damage . But Olivia's apparent suicide-wish goes annoyingly unexplained, and the portentous musings of M--who sees all despite blind corners--dip into parody. (Sept.)
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Nick Muncie's sojourn in London to star in a film version of Faust coincides with a personal pursuit of pleasure that turns to obsession. His companion, M, procures women for Nick and then videotapes the couplings. A chance encounter in a restaurant bring them into contact with Olivia, a renowned artist. The intense physical magnetism between Olivia and Nick develops into a powerful sexual relationship in which pain and pleasure overlap. But Olivia is different from the other women Nick and M have used and abandoned; her feelings are more complex than unsatiated lust. Beyond the descriptions of sadomasochistic encounter lie characters with lives glimpsed only in fragments. The reader joins as a voyeuristic witness of pain that dissolves into sexual release. One's tolerance for that role will ultimately determine whether one will stay for Lunch or pick another novel from the contemporary menu.-Kathy Piehl, Mankato State Univ., Minn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380723065
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 0.00 (w) x 0.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

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