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Monday, March 16, 2009

Juicy, Melty, Fun to Share by Augusta Li

Juicy, Melty, Fun to Share by Augusta Li
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short (27 pgs)
Other: M/M, BDSM
Rating: 3 Cherries
Review by: Cactus

With a fledgling catering business to get off the ground, dozens of holiday parties to supply, staff to schedule and cookies to bake, the last thing Nick needs is an eleventh-hour event to cook for on Christmas Eve. The host, a sexy and demanding man named Darren, warns the young chef that he leads an alternative lifestyle, and seems to have more than a professional interest in Nick. Providing refreshment for Darren's fetish party may prove more work and stress than Nick's overloaded body can handle, or it may provide just the evening of release that he needs.

Juicy, Melty, Fun to Share is a very appropriate title for this highly erotic and sexually charged short story as all three elements are intricately woven through the story appearing in both food and sex. When Darren rushes in at the last minute to ask Nick to cater Darren’s adult party, Nick can’t help but want to please the dashing older man. Nick’s desire to please leads him in directions he couldn’t imagine at the beginning of the night but will follow his need and curiosity for this striking man.

The author’s clear and distinct voice sets the vivid scene early and it’s very easy to imagine the lush red decorations of the party and the smell and luxury of well-made leather molded to toned bodies. As told exclusively from Nick’s point of view, he goes from unwitting voyeur to interested party and finally willing participant in Darren’s intense and highly sexual games. Although there is little in the way of emotional connection between the two men, their connection is evident as is Nick’s fascination with Darren and his power-play games.

Nick is given more depth in this short tale, as it’s easy to identify and understand with Darren sweeping Nick off his feet and dropping him into uncharted territory. However, Darren’s seeming detachment left him flat as a character and their interaction caused some discomfort as clearly Nick was hesitant to which Darren seemed to wave off his concerns with a lack of care and interest. Also this is not a traditional happy ever after story, but more so a brief, highly erotic sexual adventure of Nick’s.

I mostly enjoyed the story with its sexy premise and quirky character of Nick. The author’s unique style and voice was intriguing and left me wanting to read more of her work, especially a longer story with more involved and developed characters. For a quick, sexy read with some titillating BDSM, this book will cover all your desires.

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