Firsts by Rosalie Stanton
Publisher: Loose Id
Length: Short Story (83 pgs)
Rating: 5 Cherries
Review by Fern
Savannah is looking at entering college as a virgin. After getting her heart shattered by one of the high school’s notorious playboys, she turns to her best friend, Thorn, and implores him to help her solve the tiny problem of her virginity.
What she doesn’t know is Thorn has been in love with her since the second he laid eyes on her, and asking him to touch what he can’t have is nothing less than torture. After succumbing to her advances, Thorn makes it his mission to convey everything he hasn’t been able to put into words into touch, hoping Savannah will feel in his hands and mouth what she has never seen in his eyes.
When you read a story that makes a lasting impression, it’s oftentimes harder to put your feelings regarding the work to paper. How do you adequately convey just how much you enjoyed the work, the characters, and the writing style? This is the case with author Rosalie Stanton’s offering, Firsts,, a novella that is as sultry and steamy as it is captivating and heartwarming.
I fell in love with Thorn and Savannah, childhood best-friends and soon to be college freshman. Though he realized his love for her much sooner, she has always placed him above all others in her life. They absolutely adore one another, so much so that they would step aside from what they want most in order to see the other happy. It’s the sacrifice they are willing to make for the sake of their love that makes the story so powerful. Reading the portions where Savannah relives Thorn’s relationship to another to make her jealous while she was dating the jerk that broke her heart…it’s some heady and emotional stuff. There’s a whole lot of heart packed into this fantastic little novella, and it puts the story right at the top of my favorites.
The sex scenes are funny at times and sizzling hot at others. We all remember what it was like the first time–awkward, uncomfortable, and exciting–and Ms. Stanton has wisely chosen to sprinkle a bit of humor here and there to keep things real. I chuckled, gasped, squirmed and, when I finally finished the story, sat there thinking about it for a good hour afterward. Good stories leave an impression after, but great ones linger. This one is still lingering.
Do not miss out on your chance to read Firsts, a book that is going on my keeper shelf. I’m going to be putting this author on my TBR list, and hoping she provides more of the same in the future.