For me, what made these stories so enjoyable was the degree of depth and poetic-type writing. I love erotica, and this book had it but in a different more poetic way. And I really enjoyed that. I think poetic erotica done in ways that most people can understand and relate to is hard to do. Of course, some stories were better than others. And some were very brief. But there wasn't one story that I thought was unenjoyable at the end of it. And none of the stories were over-the-top or unbelievable even though they were of "fast women." I thought the stories brought out the strength along with the vulnerablity that's the essence of all women, whether we know it or not. I rarely relisten to books again, but this book will be an exception.
The story is pure erotica. It starts off great. And then, near the end, it gets too unbelievable for me. But the author, rightly, fixes it before the story ends and does so very wisely and in a manner that redeems the more questionable or unbelievable aspects. The story has a little bit for everybody--anal, group/gang-bang, lesbian, cunnilingus, straight. But don't buy it if you don't like it pretty darn raw. It's a fast, good, erotic read with a story worth listening to if that's what you're into. There's only one thing that detracts from the story. And, for me, it's a biggie. But I'm sure it's not for others. The author--like too many authors--fails to treat a character who is a person of color like she treats characters that are not persons of color. She does this by indicating the race of a black cook when she doesn't indicate the race or ethnicity of anyone else in the story. This is too often done and indicates authors' normalizing one race while treating another race as "other." It shoes a lack of cultural competency at the least and a degree of racism that we're all so easily socialized to at the most. And to add fuel to the flame, the author makes a questionable "joke" by having the black character poke fun at her shade of skin when talking to her white bosses and their guest. Do better!
I think that's the first time I've used the word stupendous, but Ms. Hart brings so many things out in me when I listen to her books. She is one of only two authors who I can say have never, ever disappointed me with the books they have offered on Audible. And I've purchased over a 1000 books, so I've listened to many, many authors. She just works for me in every aspect. This story of an affair is one that's been told many times. The subject matter is nothing new; it's just that Ms. Hart's spin on it, her way of telling one woman's journey, is exquisite, meaningful, sensual, sexual, and honest. And the narration was spot-on. There are few things better than when a good story and a good narrator come together. It's the perfect marriage, and you'll find it in this book. Don't buy it if you have a problem with detailed sex scenes. But Ms. Hart does what she does so well and what so few can do; she makes the sex scenes both explicit and romantic without being raunchy. That takes a pro. Usually, you either have detail and raunchiness--which is okay by me--are just sensuality and romance. But Ms. Hart covers all corners. Don't buy it if you have to have the happily ever after in your romances either. This book is for adults who live in the real world and realize life so rarely gives us the HEA, though those books have their place too. Overall, luv, luv, luved it.