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Jill

Franklin, TN, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Suzanne Forster
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Tess Wakefield has cooled on sex. Oh, she did the rebellious wild-child thing in college, making it a point to break all the rules, especially the ones about sex, and all it got her was a string of loser boyfriends and a fear of rashes. Underwhelmed by her experiences, she's happy to focus on her career and leave her vibrator in storage.

    Jill says: "Unique, darkly compelling"
    "Unique, darkly compelling"
    Overall

    It is rare to find a way to completely escape a demanding and highly responsible professional life. Imagine taking a journey that enables you to give up control, forgo appearances and fears about ones reputation, and in this journey you can vicariously experience whatever wild sexual fantasies appeal to you.

    Set in an S&M club, members can choose to act out their fantasies or enact and face what they fear most deeply and perhaps in so doing conquer their fears. Superficially this is one of the story’s premises, but for the main characters it’s more about dealing with feelings of alienation that started in childhood, and feelings of loss, and how these issues affect the ability to form deep emotional attachments.

    In Tease the plot is original and unpredictable, which is unusual in the erotic romance genre, and the conflict facing the main character (Tess) is unique. Fortunately for Tess, she has a benevolent guide through the experience of learning to trust another human enough to give up control, surrendering completely, shattering, but coming out whole in the end. There is no cruelty in the process; surprisingly there is understanding and compassion.

    One might be inclined to compare this to The Story of O, but there are significant differences. I found O to be full of the most graphic violence against women for the sadistic pleasure of abusive men, and was so put off by it that I had never before considered reading anything else related to S&M.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Highlander: The Highlander Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (646)

    From his penthouse lair high above Manhattan, Dageus looks out over a glittering city that calls to the darkness within him. A 16th-century Scot trapped between worlds, he is fighting a losing battle with the 13 Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When Chloe Zanders, student of antiquities, is drawn into his world, she finds the insatiable alpha male an irresistible lure.

    Patricia says: "Took my breath away"
    "Disappointing, a waste of time and money"
    Overall

    To compare this author's books to Gabaldon's Outlander series is like comparing pulp fiction to Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The story line is poorly developed, predictable, and pared down, devoid of historical references, and the kind of detail that brings the people, places, processes, politics, and beliefs of the period to life.The characters are uni-dimensional and never evoke feelings of empathy. The prose is so simplistic that it was difficult to finish listening to this book. Gabaldon, on the other hand, has written another 5 star book, An Echo in the Bones, wonderfully narrated by Davina Porter, worth every minute of the 45 plus hours, wanting it not to end.

    9 of 18 people found this review helpful

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