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Friday, December 18, 2009

Touch by Diana DeRicci

Touch by Diana DeRicci
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (69 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/F, F/F, M/F/F/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Turning twenty-nine and recently dumped by her jerk of an ex-boyfriend, Deena's been working herself to the bone to get her business off the ground and keep her mind off things. When a friend comes through with a birthday gift of a free pass to Touch, an exclusive playground catering to the rich and famous, it's just the break she needs.

Derek, Touch's owner and mastermind, has ulterior motives for giving out that free pass. He saw Deena at the wedding of a mutual friend months ago and hasn't been able to get the knockout out of his mind. Now that her boyfriend's out of the picture—and left her with a butchered heart, Derek plans to woo and win her for himself.

All he needs is a liberal application of his secret weapon: Touch.

Touch is a wicked little novella that is sizzling hot. Diana DeRicci has written something erotica fans are sure to sink their teeth into, while adding enough emotion to keep the romantic reader satisfied.

The premise is simple, but the characters are anything but. Derek has wanted Deena ever since he saw her at a wedding the previous fall. After denying himself for months, he constructs a plan that will allow him to be near the woman he wants, while keeping his identity secret. Deena is a business woman that had her heart crushed by a lover that stated her job was always more important. A day of relaxation given as a birthday present sounds like heaven. Of course, the services offered by the oh-so sexy masseuse, Andre, are more than she ever could have imagined. A first date turns out to be more when Andre introduces Deena to two of his “closest” friends – a couple he engages in super-steamy trysts with. When he comes clean, and reveals himself, can she forgive his betrayal, overcome her devastating past, and accept his kinky sexual desires?

Though well written and a joy to read, I did have a small issue with Deena’s ready acceptance of Derek’s betrayal. Considering her mistrust of men, it’s seemed a stifle forced. Otherwise, this was everything an erotica fan can ask for, and more! The characters are great, and the pace of the material ensures you’ll fly right through the pages. You’ll melt during the blistering sex scene with Derek, Deena, Clara and Jason, and you’ll love the way everything is wrapped up in the end.

If you’re in the mood for a fast–and hot–read, Touch is exactly what the doctor ordered.

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