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Posted September 20, 2013
The day Rebecca Moore and her daughters witness her husband and their father kissing another woman, all their lives change. With this chance encounter, Author Julie Hilden begins her story of revenge and rebirth. Rebecca's initial reaction is to protect her young daughters so she lies and tells them that the man they saw only looks like their father. She then vows to preserve her marriage and her daughters' home by keeping her knowledge of her husband Caleb's affair a secret from him and going on as though nothing has changed. Meanwhile Rebecca's obsessive desire for revenge is fueled by an acute awareness that she sacrificed a chance at her dream career in order to support her husband in his climb to success and to raise her daughters in a stable loving home. As her sense of betrayal grows, Rebecca sets out to have an affair of her own.
This is a flawlessly written book that doesn't quite live up to the genre description as being erotica. A dear friend and fellow blogger put it best by comparing this type of situation to how she feels "when they say there are nuts in Cracker Jacks when there are only like 3 or 4 in the bag!" I didn't feel any real connection between Rebecca and Jared initially...certainly nothing that would have drawn her character into an affair with him. While the descriptions of sex are graphic, creative and sometimes very dark, I didn't feel that anticipation and frisson of desire within myself that I expect in erotic writing. Even though Rebecca was looking for revenge not a relationship, I would have liked for the author to show me what the characters were feeling rather than just telling me. It's like there was a check off list of things we need to do to qualify as erotica rather than any real passion and desire leading from one act to another.
I am giving The Film Student and Me a rating of 4. I certainly recommend this well written book to readers who enjoy erotica because just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, erotica is in the mind of the reader and I believe there are readers who will find this book a satisfying contribution to the erotic genre. There is also a plot twist toward the end that I loved and which will bring a smile to the face of anyone. :-D