Jen and Jack's marriage is magical - in more ways than one.
When they were young, Jack and Jen fought and won a war, and came out heroes. Then they got married, got jobs, raised kids, and lived, for the most part, happily ever after.
But Jen's childhood best friend has been missing for nearly 20 years, and Jen's beginning to give up hope.
A game of very adult let's-pretend leads to a discovery that is very magical indeed, but that could destroy Jen's life.
Or could lift it to a whole new plane.
What happens when rediscovering your youth leads to discovering something altogether new about yourself?
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Wow! Fantastic is right!
Yes, I'd recommend this audiobook. It's fantastic, in the sense that there's fantasy involved (both magic-fantasy and sexy-fantasy), and also in the sense that it's a hot, entertaining book to listen to!
I listened to the whole thing in one day — and now I'll have to go back and listen to some of those sexy-fantasy bits again. :-)
There are a bunch! One that stands out comes toward the very end. The point of view character and her husband have been engaging in all sorts of wild, fantastic (that word again!) games, and then they find themselves alone, and together... And it's just really lovely.
She's got a wonderful, smooth voice that manages to convey both what's happening — from funny to scorchingly hot — but also all of the characters' emotional states. I'll definitely look for more books read by her!
There were a number of times that I found my breath catching. Early in the book, Jen (the point of view character) is talking to her long-lost friend about all of the things that she's missed... and yeah, I had to reach for the tissues. Definitely.
I'm a big fan of this author, so it was a real pleasure to listen to her first full-length novel, and a real pleasure that it was so satisfying.
On one level, By the Numbers is a sex fantasy about a happily married woman (Jen) getting to explore a love she never knew she could have had — she gets to have her cake and be eaten too.
Though I generally swing toward preferring M/F and M/M/F erotic romance, the exploration of the opening up of Jen's sexuality, starting with a seriously hot game of Let's Pretend, is sexy, touching, and exciting. Both the scenes exploring Jen's latent lesbian feelings for her long-lost friend Brigid and the climactic (and how!) three-way scenes that include Jen's husband Jack are going to make you want to listen one-handed. ;-)
On another level, this is a book about coming to terms with growing up and growing older — looking at the choices you've made and the opportunities you've chosen to give up. There's a beautifully melancholy, bittersweet quality to the book that makes the sex incredibly moving — it's never just about the sex. (Though the sex is great! And the narrator does a beautiful job of conveying it!)
The magical world that KD West created here is rich and dense. I hope we get to see more stories in this universe!
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