You may remember I was a little dissatisfied with an erotica novel I had been sent for review (read my grumbles here). Granted I am not a fan of the genre in any case, but my argument was that if a book is about sex it should at least have the confidence to be bold with regard to sexual terms.
I was therefore pleasantly surprised to be sent two more erotic books to review and both authors had the courage of their convictions to be far less coy with the sexual language used. If this genre is your bag, then the following two books are worth a look, especially as both authors know how to write well.
Because You Are Mine by Beth Kery features a young graduate artist, Francesca, who becomes bewitched by her billionaire benefactor, Ian Noble. Francesca is educated and intelligent but is innocent and inexperienced. Ian, controlling with a commanding presence, finds he is equally transfixed by this young woman.
Release Me by J Kenner is also from the '50 shades' stable. Sexy, confident Damien Stark meets former beauty queen, Nikki, who has worked hard to put herself through school and prove herself. A steamy read, it is part of a trilogy which continues this summer with Claim Me and will conclude with Complete me.
Another novel, several shades away from grey, is Husband, Missing written by Polly Williams, author of the best selling novel, The Rise and Fall of the Yummy Mummy. This book appealed to me far more, telling the story of newly-married Gina whose husband Rex vanishes on holiday abroad. Written in the first person, the narrative is directed towards her missing husband and we feel her anguish and sense of loss throughout the novel as she questions whether she really knew Rex at all. Just when she is at her lowest, however, something wonderful and unexpected happens. It's easy to read but is powerful nonetheless.
All three books are published by Headline Review.