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Rather Tame for Erotica Today, But Well Crafted
on 19 April 2007
Black Lace have an enviable reputation as publishers of mildly erotic romantic novels, and I bought this one because it had been given an award for erotic literature, and I wanted to see just how erotic I found it. It seems that the award was more for the plot than for its erotic content, because I found the sex very muted. There are hints about fairly hot activities such as spanking, but only in a surprisingly detached style. da Costa has written much more arousingly elsewhere about this. The plot concerns a young, handsome, virile young man who is found wandering, with lost memory, by a forty-something widow who runs a successful business. She has friends who have strongly sensuous tendencies, and it is inevitable, despite these other sexual distractions, that she and the young man will become lovers. There is a mildly orgiastic party, much in the same way that less restrained erotica has really orgiastic parties, to broaden its who-plays-with-whom base of partners, and there is a happy ending. I would imagine the book could well appeal to women who need some mildly erotic stimulus, and as this is, I suspect, the Black Lace market, who am I to carp? However, I did find it a bit uninspiring.