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This was an interesting historical take on Beauty and the Beast, except Beauty carries scars of her own. A former soldier, Simon was damaged and scarred in battle. He has grown reclusive, a subject of gossip by the people in the village. He has shunned his friends and acquaintances. But now he is lonely. He wants company, female company.
To this end, he puts out an ad for a governess for his ward and then plans on making more of the woman who appears. This woman is Hortense, who is desperately trying to begin a new life for herself. I actually felt really bad for her, because the offer Simon puts forth basically brings her right back to her former life and yet really, what choice did she have? Good for her for putting conditions on it.
One night together, that’s what they have between them and they have sex. A lot of sex and Simon is very focused on making things good for Hortense. A lovely thing, that Simon.
As far as the BDSM aspect goes, it’s very light. A bit of tie up is the farthest they go and it was not done as I would have expected, so I liked it all the more.
I have to admit, while I am a fan of audiobooks, this narrator’s performance detracted from the book. While her delivery during descriptions was spot on, dialogue tended to be very over dramatic and made me view the characters as ridiculous when they shouldn’t have been.
As this is a short tale, there is a lot of sex for the length but that’s what the story is about. There is insta-love, as well, but it worked for me. Something I particularly liked was that the situation Hortense found herself in when her father died was exactly what could happen back in those times of women having no status. This is an easy, quick read, particularly for historical fans.
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For what this is I did enjoy it. The idea was formed well, and for something so short it was developed well. Yet still I'm left with the unsettled sense of differing oppinions.
I rarely listen to erotica but a love a good book with well placed and detailed erotic scenes, the sexual tension preceding to it. Senseless sex and crass language a distraction from a good book in my opinion. Yet this story wasn't erotic in a heated sense of tension built.... but it was graphical. Again a mix of differing opinions.
NARRATOR: I found that something lacked in the delivery.... the intonation of the male character was all wrong.... even the female at times... yet it didn't bother that much except my frustration at being distracted from the story.... All in all I suppose it was acceptable but this narrator could likely be the deciding factor for NOT choosing a book in future.
CREDITWORTHY? Don't be a fool.... it costs a fraction of what a credit does. Was it worth the $5.... Well, it was less then a mediocre movie.... but better, so yes.
HEAT FACTOR: For the first time it's difficult to say... yes it boiled, and steamed a little... yet even with constant frank sexual talk I didn't see real heat. How can there be sex without heat???
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