Review edited March, 29, Sex is only dirty when its done right. He intimidates the mean boyfriend. She is kind of outspoken and expresses an interest in him. There seems to be something about Flynn
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McKenna: I bought and read this book based on the recommendation of another author. I was told that it dealt with rape fantasies and I include this warning at the very beginning so that those readers who have triggers will know what they are getting into. The other thing that the recommender told me was that the book starts off with Laurel watching the hero of the story having sex with another woman. It is the start of the whole issue of consent that pervades the book.
Laurel is interested and attracted but she feels awkward about watching Pam and Flynn. And neither does she. If you freak out and go screaming about it all over town or the fucking internet, you could seriously fuck with the lives of two consenting adults. You follow? She feels a bit dead inside. When Flynn arrives on the scene, she starts to feel alive.
Laurel is about to do something when she sees a big, brawny man dressed in construction worker togs walk up to the asshole, pick him up and pin him by his neck to a wall. Laurel thrilled a bit inside at this show of masculinity and she chases after him, both literally and figuratively. She tries to pick him up and he shoots her down but she persists and finally he gives her an address and a time and says that if, after going to this place, she still wants to date him, she should ask again.
Or better yet, to be visited by him while she was working. She entertained a teenagerish fantasy in which she was the only woman who understood him, the dewy-eyed lead in her own wrong-side-of-the-tracks, star-crossed-lovers musical.
There is something completely charming about Laurel. Flynn is also charming but in a different way. As I wrote on Tuesday , the issue of consent is pervasive throughout the story and it needs to be otherwise the very rough sex could be deemed an assault of violence rather than an assault of pleasure. For all of the story, Laurel is in control even when she cedes it to Flynn. She struggles because she wants Flynn to be rougher. She resists because she likes to be held down. We are in her headspace, seeing her point of view.
I should note that while the story is told from her POV, Flynn is very verbal and open so we get to know him as a character as well. As Laurel correctly points out, in sex, he really makes himself vulnerable. He made a face then laughed. Laurel made an amused face. Should be to you too. I liked your way around a simile: They fell silent, sleep coming down hard on Laurel like a narcotic curtain.
Not in instant love but attraction. And then it grows from there in a very natural progression. The uncertainty of the status of their relationship is part of the emotional conflict. Are they just fuck buddies or is there something more between them? And to be clear, there is something more. Laurel and Flynn become exclusive for the short span of the book and they both find something in the other that fulfills them, not just sexually.
The main drawback in the story for me is that right when the emotional part of the story started — the exploration of why Laurel was just floundering or what attracted Flynn to Laurel although that part was a little more clear — the story ended. I really wanted more emotional introspection.
The story, though, just so cleverly and authentically voiced many of the insecurities and the emotional highs and lows of meeting someone and falling in love. The story was hot, the authorial voice was great, and I look forward to more McKenna stories. B- Best regards,.
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McKenna: I bought and read this book based on the recommendation of another author. I was told that it dealt with rape fantasies and I include this warning at the very beginning so that those readers who have triggers will know what they are getting into. The other thing that the recommender told me was that the book starts off with Laurel watching the hero of the story having sex with another woman. It is the start of the whole issue of consent that pervades the book. Laurel is interested and attracted but she feels awkward about watching Pam and Flynn.