If I have to describe this book with one single word it would be mesmerizing!
H*ly sm*kes! Ah, this is bliss...at it's best! I am so happy I could squeal! Joey W. Hill is definitely one of the main reasons why I so love to read! Woman, I seriously adore you!
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Sarah Wylde is the chief of the Lilesville police department and she is trespassing private property. The property belongs to Justin Herne, owner of a local sensuality boutique (NOT a sex shop). Sarah is surprised to hear strange voices, raised in a chanting song, and she is witnessing a Wiccan ritual on Herne's property. This scene is related to my one and only WT* moment when I learnt that the guy with the stag head's strapped to his skull is our hero Justin. He was the one who had sex with a woman during their rite. What I'd like to say is: don't let it put you off. Yes, it bothered me and I didn't particularly appreciate it but what do I know of Wiccan rites? Nada. Well, I just had to move on and I didn't regret it because what follows suit is one of the best and most compelling erotic stories that I've ever read! Once you're able to pick up this thread of tension between Justin and Sarah, it won't let you go anymore. The story lives and breathes intense sexual attraction. Wow, I could not put this book down!
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Shortly afterwards, Sarah has to deal with a mysterious "murder" case. The victim is a drug addict who's found in a Florida forest, wearing a three-digit wig, sporting a new tattoo and looking like she had died of exposure on an Alaskan tundra. And Justin turned from possible murder suspect to lover. Sarah's lover. BTW, the "murder" case, suspense and PNR element are only a minor matter.
If Wishes Were Horses mainly revolves around the evolving relationship between Justin and Sarah. The murder case is related to the PNR touch of the story. Oh yes, I had an encounter with an incubus. I'm sorry but I can't give away more here because it would be a huge spoiler. If you want answers, you just have to read it.
Justin. WHAT A MAN! He's got presence as all get out! Boy, there's something so incredibly powerful and magnetic that's just beyond me--it's difficult to describe him properly. His voice and his hands are spellbinding--I wanted to absorb every.single.word. that came out of his mouth. He made me dizzy! He knows how to touch a woman, how to listen without guile. He knows their deepest secrets.
"Sexuality for women is such a deep, spiritual part of them, connected to the sacredness of the Earth itself. Male sexuality is the curiosity of the rover, the passion of the hunter, the bird flashing into the sky in a sudden burst of exuberance. It is a woman's body that grounds him, that brings above and below together and balances.<...>"
Justin's Tantra class. Tantra is, very basically, increasing the spiritual connection with your partner through erotic and intimate practices, and thereby increasing your closeness to whatever you call God. Um, should I give it a try myself?? Jeez, I think I have never read anything like that before. Beautiful. Thoughtful. Intense. Justin could make her come simply with words (after the class, of course). I remember that Ms. Hill said that the most important feature in her books are strong and compelling characters. I so agree. She delivers in spades! The characters are wonderfully portrayed and I so loved their superb dialogue and the witty banter between these two was just a nice bonus. Ms. Hill writes with beauty and spirituality. Frankly, even if I don't love one of her books--her prose is beautiful. Always.
"Do you know how many vertebrae there are, Sarah?"
"No," she rasped.
"Eight cervical, twelve thoracic, five lumbar and five sacral vertebrae...and then there is the coccyx, the lovely, lovely tailbone."
His mouth closed over one of the bumps of bone he had enumerated for her, licked. Then another. "I do not want to miss a single...perfect...one...of them. Ah...missed that one. Have to start over."
The best part of this story happens between 38 % and 56 %. It was incredibly awesome--it starts out with a smokin' hot love scene, and then we move on to Justin's Tantra class (wow,...bliss) and after they're done he makes love to her with words. *bliss again* Final highlight of my favorite part is a special scene at his home. Very emotional and sad--the book title is related to Justin's personal drama.
Sarah. Her ex-husband told her that she's a dead fish in bed and naturally she believes it. Well, was she ever wrong! She looked breakable, and yet there was strength in her eyes. She's like an elf--one of Tolkien's elves. Tall, slim, ethereal. Sarah is a very sensual woman, and what she needed was the right man to recognize the truth. Justin is the man.
"As a cop, I'm sure you paid attention to the details tonight. And one thing you wouldn't have missed is how often I emphasized a woman's most important erogenous zone. Her mind."
I simply ravished their sex/love scenes. Boy, their chemistry is off-the-charts hot and the sparks were flying! The love scenes are highly erotic, sensual, mesmerizing and passionate. It was so thrilling to see these two devouring each other. Ah, I was their voyeur and drooling in their wake. Well, I'm not sorry I did that since it was so utterly satisfying. *bliss*
If Wishes Were Horses is NOT a BDSM story. Yes, Justin used Sarah's handcuffs during their first erotic encounter. But. This story never gave me a BDSM feeling. They did not use any toys either. The sex was all about body, hands, voice and mind.
It's rather needless to say but I'm gonna say it nevertheless...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you want to indulge in a highly erotic and beautifully written book!