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Posted May 16, 2013
Alice is your not-so-normal 29 year old heroine living in her house only accompanied by a feline mammal. Being overlooked and pushed down by her family and society, Alice becomes lonely and finds her life insecure, unsatisfying and boring. There is one friend, though, Patty, who tries to get Alice to live her life. Even when none of that works, emails from a stranger completely changes Alice's life.
Erik's emails, although, surprises Alice at first, later makes her to fall in love with him and changes her personality and outlook in a very good way. The mails were erotic stories, poems and stuff. And its everything Alice's fantasised about. Erik has proved to be Alice's motivational factor, that could create amazing transformation in her. The couple still didn't meet yet and the ending is something I didn't expect.
I truly can understand Alice's problems and attitude, what with being feeling inferior all your life without any support from friends and family. I suppose that is enough to make a person shy away from the society and of course, there is no surprise that she is a virgin. Each person needs a motivation factor in their life - something or someone. I felt so happy when Alice met hers. The shift is fantastic.
There are some flaws in the novel. The first one is that the fetish focussed in the novel may not appeal to everyone and actually I found myself skipping some parts of them. Second, there is a lot of dragging. The author could have given me a short novel and I still would have enjoyed it..there is no need of lengthing the pages without much information.
Erotic romance with a different concept, that can be shortened to increase the enjoyment!
Posted May 14, 2013
Alice’s online love affair with Erik has changed her life. The once plain, shapeless young woman who had no self-confidence and no self-esteem is gone, replaced with a confident beauty who knows who she is and what she wants. Alice suffered greatly as a child and as a youth. She was badly bullied, had no friends and little support from her family. She surrounded herself with the Gods of Ancient Greece and prayed to them to help her find love in this lonely life, for even as an adult, Alice has but one good friend, Patty, who has tried her very best to help Alice become the woman that she knows Alice can be. Nothing seemed to work until Alice receives an email message from Erik, a handsome young man who is as interested in communicating with her as she is with him. Their online relationship is incredibly hot and steamy and Alice becomes more involved as their communication continues. Her love for him encourages her to change and she begins to learn a little about the yearnings and needs that a young woman has, something that Alice has buried deeply within her. Finally there is a man in her life who loves her. But Patty is trying to make Alice realize that she has not even met this man. There are many online romances that are begun by hateful scam artists who take personal information and money from needy, unknowing victims. She believes that Erik is not real and will eventually devastate Alice’s heart. And though Patty soon learns the truth, it may ruin her valuable friendship with Alice.
Now, if the title and the cover make you believe that this is just another romance, look again. Many layers are molded together to create an excellent novel of suspicions, mystery, criminal investigation and yes, romance; the reader will be surprised as the plot unfolds. The characters possess very real emotions, anxieties and experiences. Online romance and scams are an issue of our modern internet world and the subject is approached with knowledge and sensitivity through the character, Patty. This was a novel I found hard to put down. At the end, you will find a section of questions that you could read first to highlight your reading experience or use for group discussion at a reading group.
Posted April 17, 2013
All her life she has dealt with being awkward and socially outcast, even by her own family. Alice is an ungainly young woman who is quickly approaching thirty. She is consumed with her desire for physical and emotional love. There's a small hitch in her plan, she's a virgin and finds herself to be a bit uncoordinated when it comes to talking to others, especially men.
She's a an outcast not only in the work place, but also in her own family. The only true friend she has in her life is her friend Patty, who is an outgoing and confident woman who is constantly trying to get Alice out of her hole and live a more social and exciting life.
Socially and physically awkward she eventually reinvents herself with an amazing makeover. Even after she takes down all her profiles on her dating websites, she somehow gets an email from a man named Erik. Even though she doesn't know how he found her, she responds excitedly. They soon get o know each other through emails and soon Alice finds herself head over heels for Erik, even though they have yet to formally meet.
This story had an interesting plot and story line, but I found it was a bit dragged out for me. It seemed the book could have been summed up into a story that was much shorter and would have gotten the same concept across. I was dying for Alice and Erik to meet already and get on with what seems like will be an amazing romance, considering all the erotic emails they have been sending to each other.
What about Erik's emails? Am I the only one who thought he sounded a bit like a young teenager in today's times. He uses an insane amount of slang and words that are misspelled on purpose which I fin to be annoying in real life, let alone in a book that I'm reading.
My favorite part of this book was how much Alice's personality changes when she gains the confidence due to her new love interest. She finally starts to stand up to herself and make herself known as something more than her reputation.
Overall I would give this book a 4/5. The only real complaint I have about this book was how Erik's emails seemed to be too much like a young girl chatting with her friends online. Of course I'm not talking about the content, just his writing style.
Posted April 2, 2013
“Tickle Me” is an erotic novel about Alice, an awkward young woman approaching thirty, and her consuming desire for physical and emotional love. Alice is nearing thirty but still a virgin—she’s tall and unattractive (at least until a makeover later in the book), and she’s a social outcast at the office and within her own family. Her only friend seems to be the spunky Patty, who constantly advises her to get out of her shell and live her life.
Alice is also obsessed with Greek mythology, and the ancient stories inform many of her thoughts and viewpoints. One day, she receives a mysterious email from a man named Erik—she wonders how he found her, since she took her online dating profiles down, but she eagerly responds nonetheless. Erik will soon be on a business trip to America, and they get to know each other through emails, many of them erotic stories. Alice falls for Erik while dealing with her unsatisfactory life and terrible work situation; she’s a sympathetic character even while you want to shake her and yell at her to get it together.
This novel was entertaining, but not without its flaws. I found the plot (and I won’t share the twists) to be far-fetched, and because tickling worked so much into the erotic scenes they didn’t really work to me. That’s a fairly specific fetish and not one that I think would appeal to very many people. I also think the book was much too long—the story could have been tightened up to keep its momentum. However, for someone looking for something in the vein of “Fifty Shades of Grey” but with a bit deeper characterizations, “Tickle Me” should suffice.
Posted March 31, 2013
Alice is a woman who has been dealt a poor fate, it seems. From a young age she has been awkward and gangly, drawing mean comments from people at school and her own siblings. Growing up in a large household means that she was often overlooked. Years pass and she finds herself entering her 30s still alone and without having had a romantic encounter even once. Still, a surprisingly candid email from a man who seems to feel a connection to her may change all that.
I felt that the story dragged on for quite a while, especially in the middle. Alice and Eric do not actually decide to meet until quite late in the story, so most of the interactions and development occur via emails. The email writing is somewhat formal feeling, although as the story progresses their writing seems to become more relaxed. Still, Eric's emails sometimes read like those of a teenage girl, as he uses slang, uses 'z' in place of 's', etc. His erotic stories maintain a consistent tone and manage to be pretty hot. I don't often read a lot of romance novels, although I do read a lot of fanfiction, so this was familiar and welcome territory for me. Meanwhile, Alice deals with snooty girls at work, and over the course of the story she develops and begins to stand up for herself, something she should have done a long time ago. I feel that her development is the most important part of the novel. I felt genuinely bad for her at some points, so I was glad when things changed for the better.
Alice is a great character. She does have her flaws, but most of those flaws are pretty realistic and serve to make her more relatable. Patty, Alice's outspoken and courageous friend, is awesome as well, for a multitude of reasons. You can get a pretty good feel for Eric through their communications and how he gives Alice hope and self esteem after years of being beaten down. Leslie is a character you will love to hate. Most of the other characters are one dimensional and serve to prop up the other main characters. The story certainly went in a direction I didn't expect it would, but there are enough hints that observant readers will be able to guess some of the upcoming twists. The ending appears to leave things open for a sequel, and I wish it was a more definite conclusion but I can understand leaving things open for a sequel.
Posted March 30, 2013
Tickle Me by Monica Bouvier is a romance novel that in parts have you at the edge of your seat. The story was interesting in most parts
and I say it is interesting in "most parts" because the story is very long and it seemed to drag in some parts but the "interesting parts"
make up for it. I just want you to be aware the pace is not even flowing and this is a long story but hang with it, you won't be sorry.
Alice is a twenty nine year old who loves Greek Mythology and lives in Alaska with her cat. She has never felt the passions of love and
seemed to resign herself to that her fate is to live life without love. She had a low self-esteem and seemed like she was on the side-line
of life just dreaming about becoming a participant. Then she started to get emails from a mysterious guy named Erik. As time goes by
the emails become much more personal and romantic and all the while Alice not only falls in love with Erik, she changes from being on
the side-line to a participant full force. The change in Alice's whole being from this depressed, low self-esteemed person throughout the
story was amazing and refreshing to me.
Although I really didn't find the emails and some of the actions that romantic or erotic (to me it's more of a torture) I understand where
Alice is and her views most of the times. I can tell you that her taste and mine are two different things but even so I was able to really
get into the story and connect with her. I didn't find Erik so romantic nor such a prize even in the beginning. However, the important thing
is Alice did and with a stretch of my imagination, it was believable. After all, I did find my husband on the computer so that part wasn't
hard to believe at all and how many times has someone made a decision that made you wonder, "what was she thinking"?
The story was not all fun and games and had its share of 'problems' of not only everyday life but also with people which also added to
the believability of the story. The other characters in the story are all developed enough for their roles. Throughout the story some things
didn't make sense but toward the end of the book it all comes together and the ending itself was really something I didn't expect.
To sum it up, it was a good story even though it was dragged out and I would recommend it to those who like the erotic (or maybe I
should say "exotic") romance.
Posted March 29, 2013
Tickle Me by Monica Bouvier is billed as a romance novel, but the reader may find it to be more of a coming-of-age tale than anything else. The focus of the story is Alice and her transformation from an insecure, gawky loner to a confident, engaged woman. The catalysis behind this transformation is an online affair, but Alice ultimately decides to change her own attitude.
Ever since her childhood, Alice felt ugly and unimportant. Coming from a dysfunctional family, she spent her time buried in tomes of Greek Mythology rather than dating or making friends. As a young adult, she had to care for her ailing parents, taking a job she did not want. At work, she seems to be the brunt of the joke, never getting credit for anything. She has a single friend in Patty, who is an outgoing, party animal.
Then Alice meets Erik through an online dating site and goes through a slow transformation. She starts being noticed at work for her efforts and begins making more friends and feeling more self-assured. The remainder of the novel follows Alice and Erik’s courtship and eventual meeting, as well as Patty’s reaction to the whole thing.
Tickle Me has a fantastic concept; the reader will enjoy watching Alice change and grow. It has the feel-good quality of shy girl meets attractive guy, who whisks her off her feet and they live happily ever after. However, some readers may find the book to be redundant in places, as emails between Alice and Erick fill up pages upon pages, most saying the same thing over and over. In order to get the meat of the story, the reader may find herself skipping Erik’s “stories” all together.
Length and redundancy aside, the reader will be surprised with the outcome of the novel. Bouvier writes an in-depth character study of individuals as well as relationships. She asks questions about love, reality, and self-image. The reader will find an interesting story, meant to explore life, with an unexpected ending and some twists and turns along the way.
Posted March 11, 2013
Monica Bouvier surprised me in the novel "Tickle Me" with many elements that I would not have associated in an erotic fiction. Bouvier's characters are well developed and as a reader you really have to pay attention to this plot from beginning to end to get the full concept. Tickle Me was a good novel and kept me mildly interested. This novel reads kind of like a soap opera, there is drama, sex, intimacy backstabbing and a sense of feeling that all is not well with the office workers. I did quite enjoy how Bouvier included office politics within the story line it made the story have a more realistic feel to it. At points the reader could identify with the main character Alice and who hasn't had or wanted a tough/bad "A" friend like Patty. I reiterate the character setup was superb.
Although I thought the novel was entirely too long for the plot, it was not a bad read and I would venture into reading some more of Bouvier's works.Tickle Me put a definite spin on erotic fiction and was very well rounded novel despite the wordiness.
Posted March 11, 2013
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Tickle Me is an erotic and humorous romance novel written by Monica Bouvier. Alice is nearly thirty, considers herself homely and stuck in a job where she does all of the work while a pretty co-worker gets all of the credit. Feeling like she’ll never meet anyone in Alaska she starts an online flirtation with Eric, a part German, part Mexican (among other nationalities) who lives in Greece and is looking for a job in Alaska. They make plans to meet and for the majority of the book they write sappy emails to each other that include fantasies they have about each other and poetry. Each fantasy involves their fetish which is to be tickled. Different strokes for different folks as they say. I didn’t get the eroticism of being tickled and just found it hilarious when they signed their emails “tickles”. Also, if someone emailed me out of the blue and started talking about the deep connection he felt for me I would begin to think he was a stalker and creep. Not Alice. She gains confidence from his emails and starts changing her life for the better. Aside from the whole tickle fetish thing, the book is actually quite good and often really funny. The writing is smooth and makes the book enjoyable to read. The erotic parts are done tastefully and the characters are well written, especially Alice, who was easy to relate to with her self doubt and emotions. It’s chicklit in its truest form. I did find that the back and forth emails got to be a bit monotonous but I really wanted to see what would happen when they actually met. A fun read!
Posted December 25, 2012
I'm a little torn on this novel. I really enjoyed the first 3/5 of the book... then I ended up bored because it just kept going and I felt like I was going nowhere. I ended up skipping probably 1/5 of the book and jumping right to the part where Erik & Alice meet in person. The mental journey that you take with the main character - transitioning from thinking of herself as a no one to someone who is desirable to at least one person - is interesting. It was a perspective on life that I don't read about often. Then you end up with the online relationship with Erik and it seems too good to be true. I never really found anything Erik was saying during the actual "conversations" attractive - I mean, a guy who says "hehe" and "ticklezzzz" just isn't attractive. Plus the crazy amount of smiley faces and such he uses in his emails is a little non-attractive to me. But his stories - oh man - they're intriguing. It's almost like you're about to enter a BDSM scene - spanking or one of the lighter bondage scenes - but then... it turns out to be tickling... It's a little... odd I guess I could say - but fun to read. I'm an insanely ticklish person so someone handcuffing me to the bed and having their "tickling" way with me - not something I'd look forward to & definitely not something that would get me all hot and bothered. Even though some of that sounds negative, it's just personal thoughts. The end... well... the end takes you completely off guard. Looking back, it made it quite interesting to re-read some of the conversations. It shed an entirely new light on the entire novel. Loved that spin on things.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.