Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Alternative Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Work on Anne’s master’s thesis is going well until her world is spun off its axis by the stunningly beautiful and very sexy Leslie. Interviewing this woman about her sexual history is turning into an exquisite form of sensual torture, but somehow Anne can’t find it in herself to stay away. On top of that, Leslie’s scorching kisses and electrifying caresses bring long-buried feelings and painful memories to the surface. And it doesn’t help that Anne’s boyfriend Michael is willing to let Anne do a little experimentation.
Anne’s obsession with Leslie begins to spiral out of control, affecting both her work and her relationship with Michael, until all that remains is a possibility that Anne both craves and fears. But not everything is as it seems and it turns out Anne’s not the only one keeping secrets.
This story is Anne's journey to overcome some difficult things that happened in her past. When Anne was younger she had to overcome a betrayal combined with ridicule in her high school. Not normal teenage angst ridicule, but to the level where she had to change schools, and it profoundly affected her life – her ability to connect with other people. Now that Anne has met Leslie, she is forced to try and work through the blocks this long ago betrayal formed in her psyche.
Kris Starr has done an excellent job of laying all the emotions out on the line for the reader to experience. Not just the sex scenes, which are erotic and hot, and essential to moving the story along, but also the descriptions of the pivotal events in Anne's and Leslie's backgrounds that made them who they are. There's something about the way that Kris Starr describes the betrayal and humiliation that both Anne and Leslie experienced in their pasts that makes you think that the author has been there before. While you may or may not be able to identify with the experiences, you can definitely identify with the feelings the characters experienced, which makes this a true character driven story, and a wonderful read.
4 1/2 Tea Cups!