Note! For Those Interested in Fifty Shades of Grey, see my post here:
Navigating The Finite, April 17, 2012: Fifty Shades of Grey--Metaphor or a Lot Bang For The Buck?
Staking His Claim by J.M. Stewart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I ran into this author in some of the commentary for Fifty Shades of Grey over at Goodreads. I liked her comments and decided to give her book a try.
To me this book is the Anti-Fifty Shades of Grey...there are no rich guys, no helicopters, no naive virgins, no BDSM, no humiliation, no pain, and no ass beatings. It is a nice, realistic story with some nice ordinary pleasurable albeit hot sex.
It is a romance, and romance is not my normal cup of tea, but I think after reading Fifty Shades I needed to read about some normal people engaging in a normal relationship with normal sexual desires. Stewart has a simple plot that she develops nicely, some mystery, and she does an excellent job with character development. Her love scenes are that, loves scenes. The same kind of thing, we ordinary folks do in bed. No whips or red rooms of pain. Her scenes wonderfully describe what is going on, there is no doubt in your mind, yet she does so avoiding usage of obscenity or vulgarisms found in erotica, but also avoids the gauzy vagueness so often found in novels where the author seems to be embarrassed by sex. Her scenes are vanilla sex but hot, I did not find myself bored like I was with yet another raunchy sex scene that was in Fifty Shades. Yes it is a romance and there is some "molten heat flowing through their veins", yet it is not excessive or so God awful syrupy that it wants to make you gag with the phony saccharine so often found in the genre. Extra points for no Holy Craps! or clenching belly muscles. Big plus that she told her story in one volume. There are no second and third books that you must read in order to understand the first. Nice down to earth story with some nice romantic love making. I am looking forward to her next novel.
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