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REVIEW: By His Desire by Kate Grey

Dear Ms. Grey,

I don’t have a clue who you are. Your book By His Desire is currently the third best-selling erotica and the twenty-eighth best selling contemporary on Amazon’s eBook list; it appears to be the first book you’ve published. By His Desire, currently going for 99¢, is actually a novella, and is worth every penny. In fact, I’d say it’s a steal. It’s my favorite erotica I’ve read this year. Your book is a winning combination of sex, sweetness, and bite. By His Desire is a lovely, deceptively elegant book. So, whomever you are, well done. And, please, keep writing!

By His Desire by Kate GreyI loved the setup of this tale. Keith Logan has, his whole life, been good-looking, smart, and obscenely rich. He breezed through high school as the coolest, hottest guy in class. Every girl wanted to be his, every guy wanted to be him. The only person Keith couldn’t get was, of course, the only one he really wanted: Sarah Harper. She shied away from him every time he approached her.  Ten years after graduation, he still can’t stop thinking about her, so when her portrait, painted by her famous artist dad, comes up to auction, Keith drops a million bucks, and goes every day to stare at it as it hangs in MOMA for one last month-long showing.

The portrait had been painted by her father, the famous artist, and he had captured his subject perfectly. Sarah had looked exactly like this in high school. Beautiful and intelligent, with a face like eager flame behind a veneer of shyness.

He’d never been able to break through that shyness. All his life, his money and good looks had been enough to charm everyone he’d ever met…except for Sarah. She was the only girl who’d ever haunted his dreams, and he’d never made a dent in her reserve. During the four years they’d gone to high school together he could hardly get her to talk to him, much less go out with him.

One night, as the museum is closing, Keith turns to leave and sees, standing in the middle of the gallery, the literal girl of his dreams. For her part, Sarah is completely freaked out to see Keith.

Sarah’s body flushed hot, as though she’d stepped under a heat lamp. Keith Logan was standing just a few yards away. She recognized him immediately, even though it had been ten years since she last saw him.

Her first instinct was to run and hide, as if she were a little girl instead of a grown woman. Her eyes actually went to the exits, as if she were planning her getaway.

Then she took a deep breath. What was she thinking? She needed to pull herself together and go say hello.

And she would. Any second now.

Move, feet. Move.

If she’d been prepared to see him, she would have taken the time to put on emotional layers of protection—enough to cultivate a polite, relaxed demeanor and a friendly smile. But as it was, she felt awkward and exposed, as if she were back in high school again with a secret crush on the most unattainable guy on the planet.

Her palms were actually sweating.

There’s just something about the hottest guy secretly jonesing for the shy nerdy girl that works for me every time. Keith, whose sassy assistant has just told him to for God’s sake do something that would actually make him happy, decides Sarah is going out to dinner with him come hell or high water. He hustles her out of MOMA before she can muster a good reason to say no, and finally finally gets the date with her he’s always wanted… which she seems ready to escape from as soon as she can. That shyness Keith thought was a choice of Sarah’s in high school is actually a serious social anxiety disorder and while she’s made great strides with the help of a good therapist over the past few years, she’s still acutely uneasy around most people. She’s especially unnerved by Keith whom she’s always longed for and whom she’s always believed thinks she’s a dolt.

Keith is determined to somehow connect to Sarah and so he asks her why she sold her portrait. Sarah, more animated than he’s ever seen her, tells him her father who had Alzheimer’s, left his entire estate to her step-mother. Sarah says she’d never have sold the piece, it means the world to her, but her stepmother apparently values cash over compassion. When Sarah tells him this, Keith gets an idea. Rather like the Grinch, he gets an awful idea.

“Sarah.”

She glanced up at him, admiring the way the candlelight drew out a gleam in his blue eyes. In this light they looked almost navy.

“Yes?”

“What if I told you there was a way you could have that painting?”

For a moment she just stared at him. What could he possibly…

Oh, no.

“If you’re thinking about giving it to me, just forget it. There’s no way, and I mean none, that I would let you do that. I didn’t tell you all that stuff about my family to make you feel sorry for me, if that’s what you’re thinking.”

She sounded almost fierce when she made that little speech, and Keith raised his eyebrows.

“I wasn’t thinking that. And I’m not planning on giving you the portrait. Far from it.”

She frowned. “I can’t afford to pay you a million, and selling it to me for what I could afford—maybe ten thousand, if I’m lucky—would be the same as giving it to me for free. I’m not your charity case, Keith.”

He leaned forward across the table towards her. “The museum has the portrait for one more week. When the week is up, I’ll have the painting delivered to you. I’ll transfer ownership to you legally. It will be yours.”

“I told you, Keith, I—”

“Don’t you want to hear my price before you reject it?”

She sat back in her chair and folded her arms. “Fine.”

“In exchange, for one week, you’ll live with me in my house. During the day, you can do whatever you want. There’s a gym, an indoor pool, a library, a home theater. There’s a study where you can write, and I have a chef who’ll cook you anything you want to eat. But at night…” he paused for a moment. “At night, you have to do whatever I want.”

After a moment of utter shock, Sarah says yes and Keith, after a moment of utter shock, says he’ll send a car for her the next afternoon.  If this were a story of a young woman being blackmailed into sex, I wouldn’t be hollering its praises. But it’s not. Sarah says yes because she’s always wanted Keith and been too terrified to ever even talk to him. For her, to be in his bed, where he’s in charge and she doesn’t have to do a thing, is the perfect way for her to finally be with the guy of her dreams. And while Keith may be—and boy does this work for Sarah—in charge at night, Sarah, freed by the wildness Keith unleashes in her in bed, realizes she can, during the day, push their relationship into something more than just super hot, slightly kinky sex.

If there’s a problem with By His Desire, it’s that it’s too damn brief. Keith and Sarah are interesting, complex characters and their affair enables both to shed the lonely limits they’ve lived within their whole lives. Their relationship needs more than 20,000 words to do it justice. I believed in their story, but I would have found it more compelling had I gotten more exposure to their inner lives. I read these lines, where Keith is musing about his favorite work of art, Hopper’s “Nighthawks,” and I just wanted more.

The painting had been done in 1942. It showed a diner late at night with three customers, a man sitting on his own and a couple sitting together. The guy behind the counter was talking to the couple.

Sarah had asked him why that painting was his favorite, and he’d hadn’t answered her.

He’d seen the painting for the first time when he was eleven or twelve, and even back then he’d identified with the man sitting on his own. He didn’t look unhappy or lonely, or anything like that. He looked cool and solitary and complete within himself.

He looked content.

Now his eyes moved to the couple. They looked relaxed and easy, like they’d been together a long time. Like they belonged together.

They looked happy.

For the first time, he wondered what it would be like to identify with the man in the couple instead of the man sitting alone.

This is an erotic novella and I can see readers–inundated with the tsunami of 50SoG–thinking this is a BDSM book. I don’t see it as such. It’s true when it comes to sex, Keith gives the commands.  He likes velvet cuffs, silken blindfolds, and spanking Sarah into sexual bliss. But, even in their first week, Sarah asserts herself and there’s not a thing Keith does to her that doesn’t send her blasting off into her own pleasure planet. If this is BDSM, it’s the sweetest I’ve ever read. To me, the sex between Keith and Sarah seemed perfect for them and arousing to read. It’s fair to say I think it worked for all parties concerned.

So, Ms. Grey, nice novella. I hope to see more of your work. You’ve written a terrific first effort. I just wish it had been longer. I give it a B.

Dabney

Amazon

I loved romances when, back in the mid 70's, in junior high, I read every Barbara Cartland novel I could check out from the library. Then, thanks to a savvy babysitter, I got my hands on the hot stuff. To this day I can remember how astonishingly steamy I found Rosemary Rogers' Sweet Savage Love. I abandoned romance when I went to college and didn't pick one up again until 2007 when I got my first Kindle. Since then, I’ve read countless romances; loved many, liked more, hated some. Most of what I read is historical and contemporary romance, but I’m open to almost any genre. I like my books to have sizzle, wit, and plots that make sense. I’d take sexy over sweet any day. I’m a sucker for smart heroes and smart-mouthed heroines. When not reading or writing about reading, or wishing I could rule the world, I'm meddling in the lives of my kids--I have four, ages 17 to 21--, managing my husband's practice, doing bossy volunteer work, and hanging out with Dr. Feelgood.

34 Comments

  1. Tara
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 14:15:23

    This sounds great. I’ve just purchased it. The Amazon link you provided doesn’t work though because her last name is spelled “Grey”, not “Gray”.

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  2. Jane
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 14:15:57

    I thought this story (I refuse to call it a book because it was so short) fell into that nebulous ground between porn and erotic romance. Is it erotic romance because there is a thinly veiled albeit poorly constructed plot or is it merely stroke fiction? I’d probably categorize it as the latter given that the voice is good and the sex scenes are well done so the author is clearly capable of more although the effort to piece together a believable conflict while also creating believable characters didn’t show.

    Giving the female protagonist an anxiety disorder was a passing attempt at providing plot and conflict but since nothing is actually done to address this other than to have her be completely silent and bound during her sexual escapades, it was nothing more than sheer window dressing. The hero wasn’t even believable as a billionaire, hanging reproduction art in his home?

    I did wonder if this was fan fiction, pulled to publish again. It reads like Bella/Edward characters or it could be a missing scene from 50 Shades. I wouldn’t give it much more of a grade than a C-.

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  3. Dabney
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 14:18:00

    @Tara: Thanks! I’ve fixed the title.

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  4. Julie
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 14:19:30

    I hate this blog and I hate Amazon one click purchasing. ZING!

    BTW… your Amazon link is wrong, I think, because Grey was misspelled. I found it anyway.

    ;)

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  5. Willa
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 14:21:52

    Great review.

    Went to Amazon to check it out via the link – and you have it listed/linked as Kate GrAy not Kate GrEy so the Amazon link doesn’t work . .

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  6. Patty
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 14:22:07

    I am little nervous to read this now because of the mention of the anxiety disorder. I am having a real problem with some of even my favorite romance authors portraying characters with a mental illness or mental disability and it being completely unrealistic or not even something the the heroine really has to deal with… My favorite portrayal of a character dealing with her mental disability is the Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun, a fantasy setting with a realistic portrayal of bipolar disorder, any way, will I read this, for 99 cents? Probably…

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  7. Dabney
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 14:24:31

    @Willa: I have fixed the link. I don’t think the novella is available anywhere other than Amazon.

    @Patty: Sarah has been working on her disorder for a while, with professional help. I think she’s portrayed as someone for whom the worst of her problems are now in her past.

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  8. Jane
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 14:24:32

    Thanks guys. It is fixed.

    @Patty: Completely unaddressed, but eh.

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  9. Marc
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 15:10:15

    Only issue is it is an Amazon title and I don’t have a kindle.

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  10. Dabney
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 15:20:11

    @Marc: That irks me as well and I have a Kindle. Self-published authors need to use more than just one site. In fact, beginning in 2013, this site will only review books that are available in both epub and Kindle formats.

    http://dearauthor.com/book-reviews/going-to-where-the-readers-are-how-publishing-is-a-service-industry-too/

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  11. DM
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 15:27:58

    I read this:

    Sarah’s body flushed hot, as though she’d stepped under a heat lamp.

    and cringed and said: first draft that didn’t receive a solid professional edit. Sarah’s body flushed. Hot is implied in flushed. And if that wasn’t enough redundancy, there’s a heat lamp too…ugh. No thanks.

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  12. RebeccaJ
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 18:49:22

    “There’s just something about the hottest guy secretly jonesing for the shy nerdy girl that works for me every time.”

    Me, too, and I love it when I find that in Harlequin or Silhouette or chick lit.

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  13. Janet W
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 19:01:13

    I liked the book and I would give it a B too, like you did. It was a confection of a story with a “safe” way to approach a very mildly kinky sexual relationship. What I liked about both of them–they were 100% honest w/each other. She said she didn’t have a lot of experience, he said it didn’t matter. She wasn’t a virgin and she had some working knowledge of a vibrator, unlike the story I’m reading concurrently (Exorcising Sean’s Ghost. I thought the social anxiety disorder was addressed appropriately: Sarah said she had been diagnosed with it and had worked with a therapist for years. Do I think disorders are ever “cured”? I don’t play a doctor on TV but I think folks probably, even with help, learn how to compensate for them but they don’t disappear. I’m reading Beth Kery’s Exorcising Sean’s Ghost and the heroine has two “conditions” — the dreaded over-all blush syndrome (known only to romance heroines) and a childhood stutter that has been “cured” but reappears under stress. It was as believable as the condition in By His Desire. Someone close to me worked for years with a speech therapist to eradicate a serious speech problem so I think when authors combine time and treatment, it doesn’t take me out of the story. Who doesn’t have some kind of backstory?

    The accessibility of the sex — and of course the absurdly low price — is what has the book selling like hotcakes, imo. I didn’t find it porny *whatever porn is* … it’s consensual, private and vanilla. It is what it is–short, sweet, and ultimately unfullfilling because of its length–as a reader, I want more depth. I didn’t find it facile and I would read Grey again. Is it 50Shades fanfic? I don’t really see enough similarities but I don’t know.

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  14. Cara
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 19:10:28

    Thanks for the varying “grades” and impressions of this book in the comments. It softens the blow of another Amazon-only review. Jane, thanks so much in advance for the new, upcoming policy on that! In the meantime, at least I’m not missing out on a book *everyone* is scrambling for.

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  15. Patty
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 19:32:49

    I read it, and I had a couple of wtf moments, who buys a guy in a relationship a puppy. Seriously, romance heroes and heroines stop buying each other animals if you don’t know that the other person really has the time to take care of the animal (I’m looking at you Travis from Beautiful Disaster), also even if Sarah has developed coping techniques for her social anxiety disorder, her lack of experience with men and sudden willingness to explore an unusual sexual relationship with a guy she barely knows, (yes they went to high school together, but he said “hi” to her in the hallway and that was the extent of their relationship) really surprised me. Did I enjoy the novellette? Yeah it was fun for a 99 cent read, but not the best erotica I’ve read this year.

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  16. Dabney
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 19:53:58

    @Patty: I’m always looking for recs. What is the best erotica you’ve read this year?

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  17. Patty
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 20:18:19

    @Dabney I’ve read a lot of what Dear Author has recommended in terms of erotica including Liberating Lacey, Curio by Cara McKenna (almost anything by Cara McKenna I love even though they can be a bit…strange, also lover her writing as Meg Macguirre, especially the Reluctant Nude), Addicted to You by Bethany Kane (aka Beth Kay), I loved a short free novella from Lucy W. Monroe called Beautiful Mess (it was hilarious and had the friends to lovers plot device which I love), Charlotte Stein is amazing, Suzanne Wright’s Feral Sins was a great paranormal read and so was her contemporary From Rags, I also enjoyed a book by Pauline Allan called See Me, Unwritten Rules by MA Stacie, Damaged Goods by Lauren Gallagher (a male prostitute story), Blindsided by Sayer Adams, Finding Home by Lauren Baker and Bonnie Dee, Scandalous by HM Ward writing as Ella Steele, Strangers and An Ordinary Girl by Barbara Elsborg, and Firsts by Rosalie Stanton….all just to name a few :D

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  18. Ducky
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 20:25:03

    It was a fun fluff-ball of a story. Unfortunately I just read Megan Hart’s “Broken” and “Dirty” which makes most erotic fiction I have come across over the years including this seem a bit juvenile and soulless in comparison.

    But certainly can’t beat the price.

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  19. Sunita
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 20:31:56

    I saw that Dabney was reviewing this and then saw it again in my GR feed and decided to give it a try. I thought it was cute but almost completely without substance. I don’t know if it was ever fan fiction, but the characters felt as if they came off the Twific/50 shelf.

    I could have lived with that, after all, lots of characters are drawn from stock types. But for me, nothing happened in this course of the story. There is no conflict to propel the plot or the characters. The time frame is extremely short (less than a week) and chronology drives the story. Nothing happens to them that the reader can see except their interactions with each other, and those interactions are very brief. There’s no BDSM in it, and Sarah isn’t compelled to stay by anything other than her own feelings about Keith and the painting.

    I’m not surprised that so many authors are cashing in on the Twi/50 juggernaut, and there are plenty of readers for vignettes and day- or week-in-the-life stories. But it’s not just that it’s not a book, it’s not even a short story, in the literary sense. There are no surprises, no buildups to anything unexpected, no revelations, nothing that I think of as integral to the short story format. I have no idea, based on this story, whether Ms. Grey could write something longer that told an interesting story about interesting people.

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  20. Ducky
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 20:32:21

    @Patty:

    Oh, I second the love for “Curio” by Cara McKenna, also love her “Willing Victim”. I think McKenna like Megan Hart writes erotic fiction about characters that seem more like real people to me.

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  21. Sunita
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 20:42:53

    Damn, I didn’t mean in my last comment to make it sound as if no one could enjoy this story. *I* enjoyed it while I was reading it. It’s just that the story crystallized for me a problem I’m having with a subset of self-pubbed work these days: these are not “books” in the sense I think of them. They are aggregates of chapters, at best. They don’t have the kind of development I expect in a piece of literature (and I include genre fiction in the literature category).

    When I go to Amazon these days and look at the bestseller lists, I don’t know if I’m getting warmed-over fan fiction, bandwagon fiction, unedited fiction, or a real, finished product. It’s incredibly frustrating.

    /end rant

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  22. Fran
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 21:10:55

    your glowing review (and low price) got me to insta-buy. Can’t wait to give it a try!

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  23. Dabney
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 21:26:15

    @Patty: Thank you. I am fairly new to erotica. It’s exciting to think there are all these great options out there!

    @Fran: I hope you like it. As you can tell from the comment thread, there are many who didn’t!

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  24. Dabney
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 21:29:49

    @Ducky: “Willing Victim” was a good read–I agree. I didn’t feel a connection with the characters–that is often so personal–but I liked the story and the gentleness of the hero.

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  25. Dabney
    Jun 24, 2012 @ 21:35:49

    @Patty: After looking through all your recs, I’m trying “Sheltered” by Charlotte Stein first. Thanks!

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  26. coribo25
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 06:22:22

    Regarding the lack of proper story arc comments. I’ve heard readers say, why buy one book at 9.99 when you can have ten for 99c? Well, now authors are obviously thinking the same. Why spend time out of the loop writing a long novel which as an indie you can’t sell for a decent price anyway, when you can write ten in the same time and earn more overall for them? I just spent a year writing two (over 110K each) fantasy romance novels. To have any hope of appearing in the amazon chart I’ll have to price at 2.99 – 3.99. That’s not a good use of my time and doesn’t give me a good return v shorter stories I can write in a couple of weeks and thus afford to sell for 99c. I wonder if somehow the demand from readers for cheap and free books has changed the way authors approach their stories? I know when I talk to author friends, it has to some extent. Long novels, higher pricing = less visibility in the amazon chart and that is a significant factor in an author’s mind these days. My 99c titles are certainly more visible than my longer books. And because the short story form is harder to write well, I think we will end up with a lot of unsatisfying reads on the market that are essentially scenes or long novels cut short. Looking at this story, the price for what you get is right. If it’s well-written, then I’d hazard a guess that it’s cut short on character development to fit the price bracket. Just a thought, but if amazon did away with free and and anything under 99c, I wonder if that would make authors think more carefully about delivering story v price? And I just watched Bridesmaids again so the puppy comment had me laughing out loud.

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  27. Kate Grey
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 07:39:39

    So I clicked on my Dear Author link this morning the way I do at least once a week, and there I found a review of my novella.

    Wait. What?

    No, seriously. A review of my novella. On my favorite romance blog ever, the blog that introduced me to Sarah Mayberry and Anne Calhoun and Cara McKenna.

    *scratches head*

    I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to read and review this story, especially because I know you’re introducing a policy in 2013 to review titles available across multiple sites, and this one is only available at Amazon (at least until August).

    I’m so, so glad that Dabney and others enjoyed this, and I’m equally happy that the people who didn’t enjoy it chimed in as well. The fact that anyone is reading this story is a thrill for me, and the critical comments are helping to shape what I’ll write next.

    By His Desire did not start out as fanfic, but it definitely came out of my love for fanfic and my fascination with the Twilight craze and the current surge in popularity of erotica written for women. What I love about the fanfic community (Buffy the Vampire Slayer is my fandom of choice…I have a secret passion for the Spike-Buffy pairing) is that the authors are writing exactly what they want to write, and indulging their deepest desires. In thinking about why authors like Stephanie Meyer and E.L. James connect so deeply with their readership (whatever other issues people might have with their work), I came to the conclusion that both writers share a kind of passionate sincerity about their characters. I have no idea what either of them was thinking when they wrote, but it feels to me as though they were writing out of deep wish-fulfillment and desire.

    When I sat down to write a novella, it was with the intention of indulging myself completely. The experience of writing it was one big chocolate-glomming, Joe Manganiello-ogling, billionaire-lusts-after shy-nerd sex fantasy love fest. I’m pretty sure that what this reveals about my inner psyche is completely horrifying, but there’s nothing I can do about that. I wrote about things that turn me on, things I fantasize about, things I wanted to write about. I wrote to please myself. I had no idea if in so doing I would manage to please anyone else, so I priced the novella at .99, figuring that if I didn’t please anyone at least they wouldn’t be out too much money:). I thought I might sell a few copies a month if I was lucky.

    I love novellas, so I was excited to experiment with that form, which has many, many challenges. I read somewhere that a good novella should end right at the point of change, which I thought was a cool structural guideline, so I tried to follow it. (One of my favorite erotic novellas, Cara McKenna’s Willing Victim, does that perfectly. I do it less perfectly:).)

    Based on reader response to By His Desire, my next project will be a full-length novel. Thanks again to everyone who took the time to read this story, and to comment. Romance readers are the coolest set of people in the world, and Dear Author has greatly enriched my reading life.

    As far as recs go, I am now psyched to read Megan Hart, who’s a new-to-me author. Thanks to those who mentioned her! And I’ll second the recommendation for Charlotte Stein, especially Sheltered, which I loved.

    Kate Grey

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  28. Dabney
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 08:37:19

    @Kate Grey: Ah, the Buffy love may explain in part why I so connected this tale. (Can I tell you how many times I’ve watched that horribly sexy scene in season six with Buffy and Spike at the Bronze? I know it’s evil, but, damn, it gets me every time.) I am currently watching the show with my husband—it’s his first time–and I’ve fallen for the Whedon world all over again. We’ve just started season two and I can’t wait for Spike to show!

    I believe whatever people find erotic in their heads is just fine and, with very very very few exceptions, others don’t have the right to say, “No, that’s not sexy.” One can say that’s not sexy for me, but one can’t say it shouldn’t work for another. And, obviously the reverse is true as well.

    I found your book sexy and sweet. The relationship, the sex, and the puppy all worked for me.

    I will say, I probably would never have reviewed it if it hadn’t been for the price point. I saw the novella moving up on Amazon, read the blurb which worked for me, and bought it. Like you said, I, like most, can spare less than a dollar to check out a random read. I read it and liked it so much I wanted others to know about it and thus wrote the review.

    I just started “Sheltered” last night, thanks to the recs here. I have a hard time with abused kids, so I’m hoping the focus of the book stays fairly far from her actually being beaten by her dad. That book cost almost six dollars on Amazon for a Kindle copy. I’d never have bought it randomly!

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  29. Kate Grey
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 09:11:56

    @Dabney: YES–season 6 in the Bronze. I’ve watched that one many times. Like Ronny Cammareri in Moonstruck and Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything, I adore Spike because he fights so hard for love (albeit very ineptly at times:). My favorite Spike quote is from his season 3 speech–”I may be love’s bitch, but at least I’m man enough to admit it.”

    I hope your husband is enjoying the show! My husband is also a huge Joss Whedon fan, although his favorites are Firefly and Dr. Horrible.

    I also hope you’re enjoying Sheltered, in spite of the difficult subject matter.

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  30. Sunita
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 09:42:35

    @Dabney: If you haven’t read Anne Calhoun’s other titles (besides Liberating Lacey) you definitely should try them. She has a couple of novella-length stories at Harlequin.

    You might also like Portia DaCosta’s books. SuperWendy has reviewed a number of them favorably. In fact, Wendy reviews quite a bit of erotic romance at her blog, so if your tastes mesh you’ll get a number of recommendations there. Even if they don’t, Wendy writes excellent reviews and I find that I can usually tell whether a book is up my alley by the way she talks about it.

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  31. Susan
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 15:02:08

    OK, I just have to decide for myself. Click.

    (And who doesn’t love the Buffy-Spike thing? I have the boxed set of the series and those scenes–including the eventful Bronz scene–are among my faves.)

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  32. Julie
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 17:43:19

    I’m laughing as I read the updated comments to this thread since yesterday as I couldn’t figure out what drew me to this book (beside the 0.99¢ price that is). I’m really not a fan of erotica per se, but I am a big fan of everything Whedon, especially the Buffy / Spike pairing. It must’ve been the mere thought of Spike that had me reading this as soon as I purchased it. :)

    Looking forward to more reads from Kate Grey!

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  33. Dabney
    Jun 25, 2012 @ 21:23:57

    @Julie: I just watched him crash into the Sunnydale sign. Sigh…..

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  34. Leslie
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 09:58:52

    @Dabney @Kate Grey Out comes the Buffy boxed set and away goes the productive work for the rest of the week…Thank you, NOT! sigh….I realized how long it has been since I did more than just pull up a couple of fave eps on Netflix and now I NEED to get back into the long-form Buffy/Spike arc.
    After Buffy, I’m going to do the same thing with Amy Pond and Rory. sigh again.

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