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Behind Closed Doors [Paperback]

Alina Reyes
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1 April 1996
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is an erotic adventure story in which the reader can choose what happens next. The book is divided into two halves(men read from one end,women the other)and each chapter gives a choice of sexual fantasies or 'doors'to open next.The story opens,in both cases,with a glimpse of a stranger at the entrance to a travelling circus;you choose the ending-do the central characters,having learned from theiradventures how to love,go off together or seperately?

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (1 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857995074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857995077
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 754,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This book is simply divine. Reyes takes the old idea of the 'adventure book' where the reader has to choose which path to take, and uses it to frame some wonderfully inventive and fun fantasy sexual encounters. The book is printed for men to start at one end, and women to start at the other, hopefully meeting in the middle if you make the right choices. However, if you're broadminded enough to read the book in the first place, you'll almost certainly be sneaking a look at the opposite sex's path (speaking of which, Alina Reyes understands male sexuality better than any other woman writer I've found - she could get a eunuch hot under the collar).
Fantastic, uninhibited, sexy, dirty, and great fun. Do yourself a favour - buy one copy for yourself and one for your significant other, and see where you meet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful adventures in the sensual imagination 28 Nov 2011
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Being a single man I have only read half of this book, one half of it being proposed for men and the other for women. It is an adventure in the sensual and erotic imagination through various doors, mine taking in S&M, an orgy, hermaphroditic angels, an adventure with a new bride (someone else's), a fairy tale princess, to name a few. Reyes has a good grasp of male sexuality and it was certainly a turn on. If anything though I think the book was not as viscerally erotic as the author's novella The Butcher. The standard of writing is high though and sometimes I for one would have preferred to have the imaginative scenes (which I think are the most brilliant aspect of this book) played up over the sexual content. maybe even revealing about one's own character, wonderful.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By ebatch
Incoherent, bland. A hotch potch of sketches lacking in any real sexuality or sensuality.
The scenes described are rigid & remote and do not conjure up any involvement from the reader. For example "We got undressed and took up our positions....".
The sex scenes, such as they are, are very short (a paragraph if you are lucky) and consequently give no impression of desire and urgency building during foreplay. Neither is there any descriptive narrative for the actual intercourse. It just happens and is over with in a sentence or two.
In fact it almost reminded me of Mills and Boon where the sex (that takes place) is never mentioned. The problem with this book is that it has nothing around the missing sex / erotica.
Avoid at all costs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Frothy Little Confection Of A Book. 20 May 2001
By Scott Crozier - Published on
All right then, I think we're all agreed that this isn't the book to read if you're prowling for the psychological depths and serious tone Mme. Reyes laid out for us in "The Butcher". Having said this, however, I think the book stands well on its own merits. In a strictly technical sense, it can't be easy to design a novel that gives the reader two plot options at the end of every chapter and then rewrite the whole thing from the viewpoint of the opposite gender. (Which gender did she start out with first? One wonders.) And rest assured, not all the "doors" you open will lead to particularly pleasurable experiences. There's one chapter in particular involving a monstrously obese woman and chickens. (I'll leave it at that!)
But such bizzare, jarring interludes help to give the book a diverse, interesting texture and, conversely, I found some of the vignettes wonderfully playful and entertaining in a dreamy, surreal fashion. One has to admire the author for the fecundity of her imagination. There's this delightful, voyeuristic promenade beneath a transparent sidewalk, for instance. (As it turns out, not all those women up there chose to wear "knickers" beneath their dress.) Indeed, at its best, the book has the same refreshingly unusual tone of some of Fellini's more lighthearted cinematic romps. ("City Of Women" comes to mind)
The book is wonderful mind-candy, a tangy-sweet, undemanding french pastry of a read, perfect for unwinding at the begining of the weekend and, by all means, take the time to read at least parts of it out loud with some one you love. Who knows? Some interesting "doors" of your own might open.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This maze made me dizzy 3 May 2004
By MissCritique - Published on
A few chapters were amusing, to say the least but in general this wasn't the raunchiest book in the world.
The writing was decent, which made it an easy read and the general idea of "opening my own doors" was somewhat fun and reminiscent of the "choose the page" books for children and teenagers.
I would recommend this book as a general read when you're looking for something not too serious, not too deep and not too complicated. I would not recommend it to those looking for either a love story or full blown erotica as this book falls weakly in the middle.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for sharing with someone. 22 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on
My husband & I had 3 hours before our connecting flight left for our honeymoon. While checking the racks at the airport bookstore, I came across this very unique book. Hours have never passed so slowly, as we each took turns "opening doors" and discovering what turned the other on. Yes, so many parts of the book are cliche and just plain silly, but for us, it made it easier to read, laugh at and enjoy sharing with each other.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Choose your own (erotic) adventure 14 Nov 2000
By CoffeeGurl - Published on
Alina Reyes has won the reputation of being a literary voice in erotic fiction. Her books are poetic and provocative at the same time. Having read The Butcher, I know that Reyes writes her sensuous stories with a touch of magical realism. She has done the same thing with Behind Closed Doors.
This book is broken into two sections. It is shown from the female and male perspective. You enter the Kingdom of Eros -- a labyrinth of erotic adventures that you experience by choosing which door to enter. There is no real plot in this novel, except that there are lots of quirky symbolism in the chapters -- or rather, doors. I particularly enjoyed "The Man at the Window." I love its symbolic message.
This is a great and entertaining book. You should not, however, take this book seriously. Despite the symbolism, Behind Closed Doors is meant to be a fun and sensuous read. Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting take on the 'choose your own adventure' style 21 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on
I didn't think that this book was too cutesy...actually, the 'choose your own adventure' style made it more feel more approachable to me. I enjoyed reading both the section for men and for women and found it intriguing, sexy, and fun. I lent it to a friend who was turned off by the mention of anal sex in the book, but I think it is pretty tame as far as sex stories and erotica go. I got it off the bargain shelf and it was totally worth the $...I paid for it.
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