Warning: This is the second part in a serialised novel that will be published in three instalments. These stories should be read in order since they won't make sense otherwise.
When the first instalment of The Fetish Box ended we left Mary just after she'd been told by John to take all her clothes off. What follows is a sensual introduction into the world of intimacy and sexual vulnerability; a journey which scares Mary a bit but excites her far more and leaves her with deep feelings for John.
Mary isn't allowed a lot of time to reflect on her night of passion though. She and John are woken up by a phone call informing them that Mary's shop has been trashed leaving Max and Kaylee injured and on their way to hospital. Mary's seemingly idyllic introduction to her new life is well and truly over, especially once she discovers that this is not the only threat her shop is facing. And when danger finds Mary again, but this time closer to home, she finds herself running to safety.
But even in the midst of violence and threats Mary can't deny her sexual curiosity. And while she feels a connection with John, she can't help being curious about the beautiful Max.
In my review of "Open All Night" I reflected on the fact that it was not a complete book; the story ended abruptly in the middle of a story-line. The fact that this instalment starts with Chapter Nine (and finishes at the end of Chapter Sixteen) confirms the fact that here we're dealing with a novel being released in instalments. And I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. I'm quite aware of the fact that Nicole Camden is not alone in presenting her work like this and that this way of publishing is nothing new. After all Charles Dickens' books were routinely published in instalments, to name one very famous example. On the other hand, I personally don't much like it. When I start a story I want to be able to finish it. I don't like having difficulties remembering who exactly all the characters in the book are or what exactly has been happening earlier on. So there is a big part of me that wants to say that this is enough for me and that I won't continue reading this story.
But... I do enjoy this story. It seems a bit farfetched at times, especially when it comes to Mary's sudden and rather drastic conversion from virgin in to sex-vixen, but I do like other parts of it a lot. The interaction between the characters is fun, the writing is smooth and the sex is hot. The attack on the shop adds an exciting edge to this story and ensures that it is about more than just sex. And all of that is good and all of that makes me curious about what is going to happen next.
So, where does that leave me? If there were still an undetermined amount of instalments to come I would stop reading this story right now. But since it seems that there is only one more instalment to come I am tempted to just read it in order to find out what happens next. After all, I've come this far and have mostly enjoyed myself so it would be a shame not to finish the story. I've learned a valuable lesson though; in the future I will be making very sure that the books I order are actually the complete work. I have no problems with proper trilogies but have to draw the line at receiving a story in this chopped up way.
I also feel that I'm probably not doing this story justice with my ratings; I'm fairly sure that the rating would be higher if it was based on the whole book rather than a just a few chapters. I guess the jury is still out as far as The Fetish Box is concerned.