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Friday, June 25, 2010

Soul Keeper by Natalie Dae

Soul Keeper by Natalie Dae
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (37 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Carrie Marsh anxiously awaits her online lover of two years, pacing the station in her stylish red coat with nothing but luxurious black lingerie underneath and stilettos on her feet. Will Rob Edwards really be on the train from Scotland? Will the attraction still exist in person? Can she even stave off the first anticipation-induced orgasm before he arrives? Excitement spirals through her, for Carrie has planned a night to remember.

Rob is shy, and Carrie intends to show him how to unleash his sexy side during a series of sexual encounters. But once he arrives, she can’t wait until they get to the hotel, let alone a bed. No. They hardly make it to the first tree, where anyone could spot their antics.

One unforgettable evening of passion leads two virtual lovers to a lifetime as each other’s soul keeper.

Can true love develop online? And what if you put yourself out there only to find out the worst in people? Or that the worst is only in your mind and the best is yet to come?

If you want to find out, then you need to read Soul Keeper.

This is my first foray into the work of Natalie Dae. I have to admit, the blurb snagged me. A couple meeting after talking online and having oodles of chat sex. Why not? Sure, it seemed a little impossible, but, hey, anything can happen. I liked how Ms. Dae drew out the emotions of the characters. At any moment, I knew how they felt and why they felt as they did. To get into their heads really made the story.

The romp in the field was...whew... Yeah, it was that hot. I felt every little nuance of each tryst as if I were really there. And that’s a hard thing to write—the sex where the reader feels a part of the story.

What confused me a bit about the story was the unspoken things between Carrie and Rob. They told each other everything, and yet, I got the impression that there was more underneath the supercharged libidos. I wanted to know what she did, who she was and why she needed to go online (although the rationale really wasn’t important — I’m just nosy). I also wanted to know what was going on in Rob’s life. He seemed a bit quiet about everything except his affections for her and sex. Although it made the plot realistic, I wanted to know more.

Still, this was a nice, quick read, packed with heat and heart. One I won’t forget. I give Soul Keeper 3.5 cherries.

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