Treasuring Evie by Tessie Bradford
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily
“So let’s recap. You screwed like bunnies in the yard and then went inside to make omelets and get to know each other?”
Evelyn Ashlyn is living a life she’s struggled hard to achieve. Her business is thriving, as is her career as an artist. Success, however, always comes with a price. For Evie, the price is her personal life—and sex life. She’s not had any for two years. Dalliances with the summer tourists are against her code of ethics and the few bachelors in her small town are single for a reason.
Matt Carstead, recently retired Detroit police officer, thought his dream come true was to move up north and spend his days woodworking, fishing and relaxing. That was until he met Evie, his fantasy woman come to life. Especially when he discovers his new neighbor swims in the nude—and has a mouth like heaven on earth.
Neither of them ever imagined what was about to happen.
Having a rule that she won't take a lover from the tourists in town makes a body healthy, wealthy, and lonely. Then again, a romp isn’t the answer either. So what’s a girl to do when she’s dying inside to find the love of her life? Give the man a chance to check her out.
I like stories where the hero and heroine aren’t twenty-two, slim, and vivacious. Don’t get me wrong, the characters in this story are great, they just aren’t run-of-the-mill. Evie and Matt have lives, they’ve been there, done that and are now having a chance to find out what they want out of what’s left. That sounds odd, but it’s true. People in the middle part of their lives fall in love and in the case of this book, it’s steamy hot.
Matt’s a retired cop. He’s controlled, but not controlling. He knows what he wants and when he wants it and he knows who he loves. I liked how he loomed large but quietly in her life.
Evie is an artist — she paints and runs a store. Her life is nicely compartmentalized — until he comes along. I liked how he inserted himself into her existence. The way she enticed him...well that was darned hot, too.
Although I thought the love affair was lightning quick, what confused me was how easily she succumbed to him and the character of Steve. I almost wanted to see more of him and what his issue was with Evie. His portion of the story was, again, quick, and truncated, like there was more going on. I’m nosy. I wanted to know what was going on.
I loved the D/s relationship between Evie and Matt. It was refreshing to see a new take on the dominant.
If you want a hot story with a little voyeurism and a lot of sex, then you need to read Treasuring Evie. I give it 3 cherries.