Stephanie Bond~~4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
...Seduction By the Book
Harlequin Blaze #500Mass Market
Stephanie Bond celebrates Harlequin Blaze's 500th title with this fun anthology, centered around the members of the Red Tote Book Club and paying homage to classic erotic literature.
In "Between the Covers," Cassie Goodwin hopes to get back together with Mark Shapiro, and uses Lady Chatterley's Lover as inspiration for her behavior. Mark thought she wasn't interested in sex, but he sees a totally different woman now. This tale shows that sometimes you need to play a role for your real personality to come out.
In "Turning the Page," Page Sharpe has loved her boss, Richard Armstrong, for years, and takes her cue from Venus in Furs to get his attention at last. She plays dominant to his submissive, but how long can the situation last? This is a surprisingly strong character study for such a short tale.
In "A New Chapter," Wendy Trainer has loved her best friend, Nate Bertram, forever. Can she get him to see her as more than a friend? She takes her cue from Fanny Hill to get his attention. What she doesn't know is that she's had his attention all along. This is a completely satisfying friends-to-lovers tale.
In "Surprise Ending," Jacqueline Mays dreams of submitting like the heroine of The Slave. But she's not sure who she'll submit to, until she meets frustrating chef Elliot Nicholson. Their encounters are searing, but can they become a couple outside of fantasy? This scorching tale contains spanking scenes, so it's not for everybody, but it's an exquisitely rendered erotic tale.
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