Dear Ms. Holly:
Whenever I think of erotica, my list always includes you. I remember that the first modern erotica book I read was menage. It was such a different story for me at the time. It was the first story I ever read that featured a menage. Since that time, you have moved from traditional erotica to romantica or romance with explicit sex. I liked your work to varying degrees but nothing has ever been a keeper for me.
I appreciate the chances you took in your books before Ellora’s Cave even trademarked romantica. When I was reading this story, I felt that this would be it, my first Emma Holly keeper. To some degree I believe that it could be. It focuses primarily on a romance between Frankie, an experienced woman, who is getting over a bad public breakup and the chief of police, Jack West, who has lusted after her for quite some time but because of a bad divorce has some self esteem issues. (I thought this was great because you rarely see this in romance. It’s almost turning the genre on its head with this type of conflict).
While the heroine, Frankie, does have sex with characters it seemed for the most part in keeping with her personality and with the development of the story altogether. The suspense part of the story featured the slaying of Frankie’s ex’s new fling outside her restaurant. This implicated Frankie and complicated Jack West’s pursuit of Frankie. The suspense plot was a bit flimsy but maybe necessary to move the book along.
Even with the weak suspense plot, I still thought that it was a good read until a certain part of the book in which you inserted a menage that was completely gratuitous. I don’t know if it is part of the erotic romance manual to include this scene or if I missed some character growth/plot development or what. I didn’t even find it titillating because the characters who were involved in the menage seemed like caricatures.
I can’t say that one scene ruined the entire book for me, but it diminish my overall enjoyment. Thankfully, I bought the ebook version, so I am just going to delete that portion from my ebook, pretend like it never happened and I am pretty sure I will enjoy my re-reading of this revised envision. B.