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Monday, March 8, 2010

Flesh For Fantasy by Chloe Waits

Flesh For Fantasy by Chloe Waits
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (30 pgs)
Other: M/F, light bondage
Book/Cherry Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Review by: Viscaria

"Cheyenne" is every man’s fantasy - over the phone. Playing the popular fantasy mate, Cynthia Stewart seduces callers nightly, despite swearing off men in real life.

Separated and struggling to reclaim her career, Cynthia's heart and libido are simply on the shelf. All this talk about fantasies has little effect on her.

Until Cynthia meets a man who wants to know hers.

All of them.

Opening up her private thoughts is a big step for Cynthia. Yet she can't resist the man who describes himself like the perfect tall, dark, handsome stranger. And his calls slowly push her personal and sexual boundaries open.

But Cynthia starts to wonders if this is someone she can truly trust. Because she has been giving him the blue print to seduce her for real...

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear people’s fantasies day after day? In Flesh For Fantasy you get an inside look at what that woman on the other end of the phone is really thinking.

Cynthia is a great heroine in her very ordinary way. She’s not a rocket scientist, she’s not a superstar, she’s just a girl trying to get through college and finalize her divorce. She’s not interested in dating, in fact, she’s sworn off men. Answering calls as a phone sex vixen just serves to remind her further that men are selfish and she’s better off without them. All that changes when she takes a call from a man who wants to know HER fantasies. How can a woman resist?

For most of the story Mark is just a voice on the other end of the phone line. We know as much about him as Cynthia does, and since the tale is told entirely from her perspective we have to rely on her opinion of him. Mark seems to truly want to know just what Cynthia wants, and I loved the way he made her feel gorgeous and desirable with each phone call.

When I first read the blurb for this book I thought, “What a unique idea! If nothing else it will be cool to see how the author pulls it off.” And I was right, it was fun to see how Ms. Waits brought Cynthia and Mark together. Along with the phone calls from Mark, the “other men” are pretty funny. I got a kick out of Cynthia betting herself how quickly she could make the callers… happy :::wink wink::: so she could get back to her homework. When Mark calls, she’s at a loss as to how to deal with him, but he quickly convinces her he’s sincere and truly wishes to know her fantasies. The phone sex conversations were hot, perhaps the best scenes in this book. The interactions between the two characters were sensual and intense and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

While the story itself was entertaining, and unique, I did have a few problems with it. Some of the vocabulary choices felt a bit forced and repetitious and pulled me from the story more than once. And though the fantasies they shared were hot, they were also a bit predictable. I wasn’t necessarily surprised by the ending, a case of “I saw that coming”, but it was still satisfyingly sweet and made me smile.

All in all, Flesh For Fantasy was a fun, quick read about second chances and taking the risk to fall for another person. It’s about taking the leap of faith even if you’ve been burned before. Chloe Waits writes an interesting story that left me with a smile. I enjoyed Ms. Waits’ take on an unconventional romance and I give this book 3.5 cherries.

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