Review: Seeing Spots by Ellen Fisher
Dear Ms. Fisher,
You have a fair amount of self-published books up for sale. I think I tried one and enjoyed it, tried another and it wasn’t for me, though you have a nice, easy voice. When I was searching for self-published books to read, I ran across this one and purchased, as it was only $0.99 cents. I’m happy to say this was a purchase I did not regret, but I was not blown away by it either.
Seeing Spots is a ‘contemporary romantic comedy with a paranormal twist’ according to the book’s info. I don’t know if I would call this story a true comedy, but it was sweet and pleasant. As with all self-published books, I’m going to comment on the packaging and editing. I’m happy to say that both of these seemed professional to me. Your cover is eye-catching and appropriate (even if I’m not a fan of disembodied torsos) and if there were grammatical errors, I didn’t notice them. Nothing jarred me out of the story. So far, so good.
The novella begins with Kathy, a web designer, who begins a project for Darren, who owns a lawn service. Kathy and Darren went to high school together but neither had the bravery to confess their mutual admiration. Kathy was a brain and Darren was a dumb jock, and neither thought the other would be interested. Now adults, they are both keenly aware of the other. To further the matter, Darren has a leopard spot fetish. He can’t look away from Kathy when she’s wearing a spotted t-shirt, and the second time that they meet, he catches a glimpse of her spotted bra and wants to have sex with her.
He wasn’t going to think about her breasts, and he certainly wouldn’t think about them in spotted silk. He wasn’t going to think about touching them, or about dropping down on his knees in front of her and taking her nipple into his mouth, right through the bra, and sucking hard, until she moaned and dug her fingers into his hair… God. Where was the bathroom in her house, anyway?
Darren (or Dare, as he likes to be called) is a very cute beta hero. He’s in awe of the heroine’s smarts and cannot understand why she’d be interested in him. Kathy thinks it’s simply because of the spots, but it’s more of an aphrodisiac than a compulsion, and after a few rounds of hot sex, they quickly fall in love.
This is a novella, and so the story moves fast. It’s a largely conflictless novella, though. Sweet, but unexciting. For most of the story, it’s just a recap of Dare and Kathy falling in love, a few rounds of sex, and their relationship progressing. The paranormal element is thrown in at the end and while it’s cute, it isn’t enough to make the story stand out in my mind. Dare’s obsession with spots (which later moves from Kathy’s lingerie to almost every surface of the house needing to be spotted) was charming in the beginning but began to reach uncomfortable levels toward the end of the story. I’m supposed to believe that a man is so turned on by spots that even the shower curtain must be spotted? It seemed…bizarre, to me.
I did have a few qualms as the story progressed. When the paranormal element is introduced, there is an aspect of it that bothered me. I won’t spoil the review, but I will say that the heroine was not given a choice in the matter, and that bothered me.
Overall a cute read, and you have an easy voice that is a pleasure to read. The sex was pleasant if vanilla, and I didn’t regret my $0.99 cents, but I probably won’t remember the story tomorrow. C+