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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Spanish Heat by Milaya Marks

Spanish Heat by Milaya Marks
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: Short Story (48 pgs)
Genre: Contemporary
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Eager to end her dry spell, sexually deprived Serena Ryan craves fun in the sun with an anonymous hottie. Her first overseas assignment--write a guidebook on the balmy Canary Islands--supplies the heat and the opportunity. An afternoon of steamy sex with a virile stranger takes the edge off until she discovers he is none other than hotelier Antonio Delgado. Her hopes of an uncomplicated fling go up in smoke as their passion rises, along with the Spanish Heat.

Spanish Heat honors its name both in a highly sexual way and in regard to the temperature and the 40 degree Celsius the Spaniards usually get during the summer months. It burned hot, hot, hot and definitely got the blood pumping.

However, I did find the story lacking in certain aspects. It was a bit strange to discover that someone as gorgeous, forward and outgoing as the main character had no sexual relationships for a whole year. Then, though Ms. Marks tries to convey that the characters have somehow fallen in love, she doesn’t quite make it. Most of the time, their encounters don’t pass as more than a good roll in the hay.

Finally, as someone that’s living in Spain, I’d ask the author to watch her expressions more carefully. Seventy-year-old Spaniards might use expressions like “Madre de Dios” or “Cristo”, but today, those expressions are outdated. The fact that the hero, Antonio, uses them so much makes him seem overly religious. Most Spaniards now days would use things like “joder” or simply “Dios”.

But not all was bad in Spanish Heat! The story is absolutley engrossing and therefore rapidly read because you have to find out what happens next. The characters are engaging and interesting to read about. It feels as though anyone can have an adventure like theirs, or at least wish to (I know I did). The sexual depictions are fantastic and oh-so descriptive. Particularly, I found that the masturbation scene was quite intense.

Spanish Heat is a quick read for anyone looking for a sizzling escape from their daily activities.

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