Like most people, Emma Holly is easily my favourite Black Lace author. Her ability to mix good characters with strong plotting and sexual variety is unparalleled. And the two lead characters in this story make an intriguing match. David Imakita owns a successful computer games company, maker of the popular Laura Fleet game. Chloe Dubois is a stripper - the model for the aforementioned game. But Chloe is not all she appears to be. She has a sound business mind (which David is unable to see) and a privileged background. Whilst David, as an Asian-American, struggles to fit into an Asian lifestyle that he was not born into, Chloe (without compromising) endears herself to the very people that he is trying to impress (its classic Pygmalion / Pretty Woman stuff). So a great couple of characters and an intriguing plot, concerning Chloe's background and the for the two main characters to rescue each other. So why is it that you either love this book or hate it, and I have only given it 4 stars (brilliant for most books, but shocking for an Emma Holly!)? Where the book seems to fall down is in the sex. Emma Holly's other great talent is hot varied sex, but with only three characters 'doing it', the variety isn't there. Also I am afraid to say that the traditional Asian reserve does leave me somewhat cold. But, a good plot and top-notch characters. By any body else's standards an excellent read. Hopefully the restricted sex thing was just an experiment that didn't quite work.
In The Flesh is excellent! Holly has paired together two of her best and strongest characters to go head to head in a tale that is a romance as well as erotica. Like all EH books the storyline is seamless and well written, but I may have to call In The Flesh my favorite. After Velvet Glove I was not looking for a story that mixed in elements of light bondage, In The Flesh does that perfectly. Actually it is barely there, and it is intrinsic to the romantic theme in the story. I keep underestimating Ms. Holly's ability to top herself and every time she proves me wrong.