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I’m a huge Megan Hart fan and not only of her erotic or romantic tales. This story is fits both genre; it might be closer to erotic to some listeners. Since I’ve listened to harder, more erotic stories, I think that’s debatable. But it has a number of somewhat explicit sex scenes. But what makes them explicit is a small amount of the language used, but the details are really not explicit. Listeners don’t get an explicit play-by-play, which is what makes it less erotic or in the erotica genre to me.
My dislikes include some inconsistencies like Simone saying the lost her remote control then, shortly thereafter, saying she used the remotes to alter the sound on her TV. There weren’t many inconsistencies in this tale, but there were none in Hart’s past stories I’ve listened to. And I’ve listened to all of her stories except 2 on Audible. And I tired of Elliott talking so much during sex, asking Simone what she wants and such. I’m not a fan of that in any book, and I don’t recall that being present in Hart’s other sexy tales. Doing it one time, like maybe the first time they had sex, or asking at the start of a sex act b/c he was honestly uncertain what she was in the mood for, would be okay. But, alas, this was not the format for Elliott always asking what she wants, telling Simone to tell him what she wants. It came across as Hart’s way of trying to include into this story an explanation for wanting pain. I get the intent, but the execution, especially repeatedly, didn’t work for me and detracted from the story. And the end was wrapped up a bit too prettily. The story had conflict and angst, but it didn’t have the emotional turmoil that her other stories contained nor quite the depth. And she still writes good sex scenes, not great, but good. And the characters are strong and realistic, no perfect people, which is great.
Having been a fan, I have some hope that Megan’s writing will return to some of her earlier stories as this series continues. So I’m not giving up on her quite yet. But my letting go and calling it a day has started with this story unfortunately. We’ll see what happens with the next one.
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