Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Gabi Smith agrees to paint the three phases of sex, but she is in trouble. While Frustration is her constant companion, she knows nothing of Arousal or Fulfillment and doesn’t know who to ask for help.
The first time Riley St. James saw Gabrielle Smith’s work ten years before, he fell in love. When her brother needed a guard to keep his sister safe while he was out of the country, Riley knew he was the only man for the job. When Gabi asks him to teach her about sex, Riley is certain he has died and gone to heaven.
Can he teach her about sex and love and the vast difference between the two? Will she be able to translate her lessons of sex into visual expressions? Or will their growing love get in the way of her work?
Clare C's Review
McKenzie never fails to deliver a great story. Gabi is an artist with as many layers of depth as a classic painting. Riley is exactly the man she needs to become even more than she already is. Cooper McKenzie also never fails to create characters that can be completely different from a reader, yet they are so incredibly like us that we can’t help but love them.
The novella is impossible to put down. The sex is sensual and truly erotic, following the stages of the paintings Gabi has been hired to paint—Frustration, Arousal, and Fulfillment. The analogy of the story development to the painting series is very obvious, but so skillfully done that the reader looks forward to the journey.
I liked how McKenzie keeps her plots fresh. Riley is outed early as a Dom, yet Gabi isn’t a woman who really craves someone to control her. While she likes some of the things he does, her strong personality doesn’t completely cave to his wishes. Through their short courtship, Riley comes to see that relationships aren’t as black and white as the D/s relationships he’s had in the past. Both characters grow, and when that happens, it’s always a happily ever after.
5 Tea Cups!