Format: .mobi (provided by author)
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Rachel Collins is praying. And not for world peace. Thirty six years old and single, her prayer is self-centered. "Kill me now, Lord," she pleads during her latest attempt to meet Mr. Right via the internet.
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 risqué, 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.
The Story of Rachel is a very steamy, sometimes funny, always entertaining read by K.D. Mclean. While the cover is very hot, and gives readers an idea of what happens to Rachel, the truth is, the cover doesn't prepare readers for how funny this book can be at times!
Rachel is 36, not very common for a erotic romance, at least, not in the ones I've read. She's looking for love in all the wrong places and finding bottom of the barrel quality men. Just in the first few pages, I was giggling at the situation Rachel found herself in. This isn't the first time online dating hasn't worked out for her though. I immediately sympathized with her. Anyone who has dated for a while has had at least one cringe worthy date/relationship, though Rachel seemed to have exceeded the quota of losers she's had dates with. Although a bit sexually naive, Rachel isn't an off putting character, quite the opposite, she makes it okay to NOT be a sexual dynamo. She's smart, courageous, friendly and did I mention funny?
Not to be outdone is Michael, the handsome, savvy hero of the story. Here's a man who knows how to be a Dom without being an a-hole. He doesn't expect Rachel to jump head first into the world of BDSM, he introduces her step by step and always gives her chances to opt out. At first, Michael doesn't seem like the emotionally shut off guy that he actually is, he's funny, caring, persuasive and sexy. He doesn't treat Rachel like her opinions don't matter, but he's flawed. He's a loner and unprepared for Rachel and what he begins to feel for her. There's quite a bit of angst between the two towards the end and it makes the ending much sweeter.
Even with it's comedic moments, The Story of Rachel is not a comedy, it's definitely an erotic romance with plenty of steamy goodness that, while erotic, doesn't overwhelm readers. The Story of Rachel can be read by both fans of BDSM and non fans because of the light to medium BDSM element. Thank goodness because I don't enjoy heavy BDSM books.
An enjoyable read all around, The Story of Rachel strikes up a balance between sexy and silly that will appeal to different types of readers and at the great price of $2.99 it really can't get better than that.