Love and Seduction in Las Vegas by Dee Dawning
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Other: M/F, M/F/F, F/F, Multiple Partners, Light Bondage
Review by Hibiscus
Thrust into her life one night by peculiar circumstances, Loretta Bishop, seventeen years Bobby's senior, has been tasked with taking the shy, modest pretty boy under her wing and turning him into a lady's man. Free spirited and sexually adventurous, Loretta is eminently qualified to teach him the elements of pursuit, seduction, and how to please women.
At first, being with Bobby seems like a dream, but clouds begin to gather from Loretta's spotty and sometime sordid past. Feeling guilt after Bobby asks to marry her, Loretta is no longer able to continue and runs away.
Now, it's up to Bobby to put the methods Loretta has taught him to practical use. Will he succeed and parlay his new talents into love, wealth, and power?
I was amazed at the depth of this story. It told the tale of four different people in explicate detail and sketched the stories of two more couples. All the characters in some way or another had their lives touched by Loretta Bishop. I feel obligated to point out that the story is told in the first person from three different people's points-of-view, and it is told in the present with continuous flashbacks to several different time periods in the past. However, I had no problem switching back and forth between characters and time periods.
I loved the character of Loretta Bishop. She was a young girl who found herself pregnant and thrown out of her home at seventeen years of age. She did what she had to in order to survive, and she had her child and gave him up for adoption. I saw Loretta's strength and determination in how she refused to take the “easy way” and prostitute herself for quick money in Las Vegas. I enjoyed how she worked hard through her life for what she got. Yes, she loved a few men, but she refused to take advantage of them when she felt it was wrong for them. You could see in all her relationships with her friends how much she loved them all and feel their love for her in return.
I liked the character of Bobby Kramer. He was a young man who was very vulnerable. I liked that he was able to gain his confidence back with Loretta. I found it a little difficult to believe that he did not realize Loretta had also been with other men but this could be due to what I thought was his delicate mental state at that time. I could see him going off on her like he did when he found out she had been intimate with Gary. I was glad that Bobby continued to have a special place for Loretta in his heart regardless of how much time may have passed.
There were many minor characters who all had some part in Loretta's life. Vinnie played a role from the time Loretta was nineteen till she was in her fifties. He was one of her on again off again lovers who helped her get her first job as a cocktail waitress. Gary also is with Loretta through the whole story. It's funny how he runs away at first when his heart is broken but he always loved Loretta and brings Bobby to her when Bobby's heart is crushed. Every character adds their own brush stroke to the canvas that is the life of Loretta.
I found Love and Seduction in Las Vegas not only to be a very hot story but also a very intricate. I thoroughly enjoyed this moving story of the life of Loretta Bishop, a strong-willed independent women eking out a living in Las Vegas and I highly recommend it.