Boyfriend in a Bottle by Shona Husk
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (53 pgs)
Other: very mild BDSM, M/F, Voyeurism, Masturbation
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
Be careful what you wish for. It might come with an expiration date…
Josie’s well-meaning friends just don’t get it. It’s not that she’s overjoyed to be thirty-two and celibate since her boyfriend dumped her. She’d love to settle down, but she refuses to settle for just any man. After all, better single than a sucker. Nevertheless, she humors her friends and follows the instructions attached to the gift they’ve given her—a beautiful bottle from a new-age shop. Lick, and the perfect man will appear.
It works. The naked man she finds tied to her bed is everything she’s ever wished for. Except Mr. Perfect comes with a time limit.
Kede is tired of living life by the hourglass. Once, fulfilling the desires of the women who freed him was enough, but now it’s just another job. Josie is different, though. She sees him as a real man—a man she wants for all time.
Kede wants more than a moment. He wants a chance at life outside the bottle, and he wants a life with Josie. But he belongs to the goddess Inanna, and his time is running out…
Created to please, unable to say no, and ready at your command. Sounds hot, doesn’t it? In a lot of ways, it is, in others.... it’s bittersweet.
But you need to read Boyfriend in a Bottle to find out the whole story.
This is my first Shona Husk story, but it won’t be the last. In just a few pages, I felt like I was right there with Josie and Kede as they fumbled through their issues. I liked the tension in this book. From the beginning, the relationship has its constraints and it was interesting to see how they dealt with it.
This is a shorter story, but it does pack a punch, both emotionally and temperature-wise. Phew. I needed a fan when I finished the story. Now don’t get me wrong. For a hot story, this one lacked the gratuitous aspects found in many erotic stories and it worked well. Sure, Josie needed - no, wanted - to open up and try something new. Heck, twelve months without nookie makes anyone a little twitchy. I liked how Kede, even though he was there as a pleasure object, became more to her. His job, though seemingly easy and no-strings, was actually really hard because of one major issue. But it worked.
My only complaint, and really it wasn’t much of one, was the pacing. Things happened really fast in this story and it was a bit hard to believe that love or a relationship can form in the matter of a couple days. I’m not saying it’s impossible. I love a good fall-in-love-overnight story, just like this one. It’s just quick. I wanted to see things develop longer, but there is the pesky issue of the lamp and the sand. So really, the issue isn’t one because things happen in the story for a reason.
Overall this was a great read I want to go back and visit again and again. I give Boyfriend in a Bottle 3.5 cherries.