Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Review: The Toy Store by Annette Shelley

The Toy Store by Annette Shelley

Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Heat Rating: 2



A good Catholic girl, Lisa is persuaded by her worried parents to attend a self-defense course at a local high school gymnasium. What they never imagined was the kind of instruction their daughter was about to receive as the instructor offers to teach her the finer things about how to achieve orgasm.

After Dave gives Lisa a proposition over dinner she can't refuse, a trip to a toy store and one evening of unbridled passion provide her with lessons she'll take with her for a lifetime as she discovers this teacher is adept at teaching other things besides self defense.

Denise’s Review

The Toy Store is a hot, quick read about Dave, a self-defense instructor, and Lisa, his pupil after whom he lusts. Readers are given a brief, intimate glimpse into their lives after they give in to their mutual attraction and explore the student/teacher relationship outside the classroom.

It’s easy for a writer to get a word stuck in his/her head. I’ve abused adjectives and adverbs with the best out there, but the constant “smiling” in this story really stuck out, especially when the action tag was substituted for dialogue tags. However, this combined with flat characters and abundant amount of “show-don’t tell” failed to connect with me as a reader. I also didn’t feel any chemistry between Lisa and Dave, which is essential for any erotic romance.

It was, however, a steamy, quick read; perfect for escapism if you’re not looking for anything heavy.

1 ½ Tea Cups!


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