ASIN #: B008QF042A
File Size: 481 KB
Page Count: 299
Copyright: July 27, 2012
Publisher: Monarch Moments Publishers; 5th Edition
(Taken from Goodreads)
She's not hoping for a billionaire or even a millionaire, just a guy who can strike a spark to her tinder! Is she asking too much? She's a great gal! Just ask her parents! She might be a bit naive about some things, but capable enough - she's a correspondent for a major magazine, after all. So there!
On assignment she meets Michael, 42 years old, also a writer. The attraction is immediate and intense. Rachel, who sees vanilla as only a baking ingredient, enchants him. Michael can whip up some pretty hot delights himself, outside of the kitchen. He introduces a curious Rachel to powerful experiences of sensuality. Her Ladylike sense of propriety engages in a running battle with her now sparked Tinderbox desires.
Michael is an excellent cook and knows how to turn up the heat. Sampling the flavors offered, Rachel experiences humorous hiccups. On a date, Michael ramps up the risque, resulting in a memorable skirt swirling salsa dance. Rachel's "What the hell, I ain't getting any younger" attitude spurs Michael to take her to the exclusive, adults only club Pandora's. Here, Rachel witnesses even more variations of earthly delights, and begins a lifelong friendship with another guest.
Michael is a realist, convinced that within 90 days, his affair with Rachel will be but another painful memory of loss. He is neither willing nor able to yell 'Geronimo' and fall for her. He can't, and that's that.
Maybe he should just get a damn dog.
This modern, urban, grown up love story is a recipe - three cups romance and one cup of slapdash humor. Blend in spices of eroticism, and beat until smooth.
I had such high hopes for this book. The author's request for review was very cleverly written and humorous, so I thought that I would absolutely love it.
Then, a few pages in, I realized I had already read this book, but it had been called Fifty Shades of Grey. OK. That's not fair. I hated Fifty Shades, thought it was horribly written, and schlocky. I didn't hate The Story of Rachel, but I found myself saying, "REALLY?" a lot. Out loud. This was a much better written story than Fifty Shades, but basically the same concept. Naive woman meets hot guy who shows her the world of bondage and domination and subs and stuff like that. It's hot in places, but over the top. Then it turns into a rom/com at the end, where you can almost see the role of Rachel being played by Kate Hudson or someone like that, and you're rooting for everything to work out before the final credits roll.
One thing I did enjoy was the author's sense of humor. It's obvious she has a sharp wit and she infuses this into her characters. Frankly, the humor was what got me through this book. Otherwise I would have just been squirming through the whole thing. Some of the dom and sub stuff really creeped me out. Call me prude or whatever, but it's definitely not something I would ever find myself doing.
So that about sums it up. Funny but kinky, and if that's your thing, then you will like it.
*A Smashwords coupon code was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.