May 18 2007
Dear Ms James,
Yippee, hooray, happy days. It’s a plain, hot, contemporary from Ellora’s Cave and something I thought was a thing of the past: an EC novel that does not feature a storyline about joining a bondage club or suddenly finding oneself hooked up with a fated alien/vampire/whatever mate! Bless you.
Paige Holister had hoped that her wilder twin sister Dorie would forget about the pact they made five years ago. No joy. Now it’s their thirtieth birthday and time for each of them to pick three of the sexual fantasies they’ve written down and make them come true. Paige finds herself with three days to fulfill her fantasies or pay her sister $1000 for each one not done. Good thing for her that Dorie is a travel agent who can get Paige out to Wyoming in a hurry so she can 1) have sex with a cowboy 2) have sex in public (hopefully with a cowboy) and 3) have sex with a tied up (cowboy) lover. Timid Paige is just about ready to venture into the rodeo crowds when her cowboy lands on the hood of her rental car.
A little bit banged up from his fight with another man, Lane Hart checks out the sweet, young thang offering to bandage him up. The heat between them is mutual and when Paige propositions him for three days of hot, no strings sex, Lane can’t believe his luck. His only requirement is that she fulfill one of his fantasies along the way. But three steaming days and nights later, will these two take a chance on what they might have found together? And most importantly, did Lane remove his spurs?
A good online friend of mine loves cowboys, which is a problem for her since she’s English and they’re not exactly falling out of trees there. I think she’d love Cheyenne Frontier Days. But I think she’d split a gut at Paige’s nickname for her pet, Napoleon. Calling a dog Nappy even makes me cringe a little. Of course she could dress him up a little to fit in with the natives. But I do question why Nappy was in the story since he disappears for long stretches at a time. And did you have to make Paige so timid? Her change to the wet thong queen of Wyoming was awfully fast.
When I read a shorter, erotica novella, I tend to automatically suspend belief but with your story, that wasn’t as necessary. Love at first sight doesn’t usually work well for me but here it did. Though I was happy that the epilogue shows these two still getting to know each other and not rushing for the alter. I do wonder if after only four weeks of practice, Paige would be able to lasso Lane for their hot encounter in the barn but what the heck, I enjoyed reading about these two. B
Dear Ms. James:
Now for a different perspective. My first thought when I started this book was whether you could be a twin and be plain? Paige was described as plain compared to her twin. There was no mention that the two were fraternal twins so I felt that it was more appropriate to characterize Paige as feeling plain, rather than being plain.
I had a hard time buying the love at first sight. It would have worked better for me had there been some time lapse because I felt that there was some lingering feeling by Lane for his ex-fiance. He seemed so disturbed by the situation, it was too painful to talk about at one point.
I thought some of the language was a bit melodramatic and purpley:
By the desire he’d felt brewing in her body, and now the anger turning her eyes a deeper shade of green, he’d say there was one spirited filly lying deep in her soul, dying for the chance to run.
This short story was serviceable. I thought it was better when it was lighthearted given the brevity of the story. It’s hard to buy a couple falling in love, particularly when the one guy seems to be nursing a heartache. The story was compressed into three days and while I can see falling in love with a place, a huge life decision did not seem believable in this time frame.
I thought it was weird too that the dog was in there part of the story and then mostly forgotten about for the rest. What was the point of the dog? C+