Beautiful Stranger by Katalina Leon
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Length: Short Story (128 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Anemone
Lily Fontaine is a newscaster and former beauty queen, but those roles don’t suit her anymore. She’s healing from divorce and ready to make big changes in her life, but first she needs her sexual confidence back.
She wants a lover without the risk of heartbreak and considers hiring a male escort as a special treat. Her best friend offers a provocative solution to her request. On her birthday, Lily returns to New Orleans, the place of her birth, to meet a special man. She plans to fly in and fly out for a three-day weekend of cool music, great food and hot sex, with no emotional attachment and no further contact with her “escort”. She wants to pay to play—what can go wrong?
David is perfect—even if he is eleven years her junior. He’s strapping hot, intelligent and knows how to take charge. The attraction is instantaneous. With just the clothes on her back, Lily sheds her old life and follows a beautiful stranger into bayou country for the adventure of a lifetime.
Lily Fontaine wants a new life. Dissatisfied with her current work situation that is going nowhere fast, she decides to do something crazy for her forty-third birthday and have no-strings attached sex with a male escort. Before she can dive in, her best friend tricks Lily when she sets her up not with an escort but with a friend who has had a crush on Lily since they were young.
David Bowie (no relation to the singer) is everything I could ever want in hunky hero. Young, hot and crushing on the heroine, I was instantly entranced by his Southern Charm. Lily takes a while to come around to his advances, wanting to keep her distance so she can leave with her dignity and heart intact. Being that Lily is somewhat of a hometown celebrity, David spirits her off to his shack on the bayou. No really, it's literally a shack.
While the characters were lively, believable and gorgeous, I found myself with more questions than answers as the plot continued on. The story was set in New Orleans and the backwoods of Louisiana but most of the scenery was too specific and focused on things like street names rather than descriptions. I feel someone who grew up in New Orleans would fall in love with story but it often left me confused and frustrated.
I certainly didn't care anything about the scenery once the sex started. Scorching hot and frequent, Lily and David's chemistry sparkled like fireworks as they explored every bit of each other's bodies... and I mean everything. At the end, I found the book a bit quirky with a HFN that had our characters looking forward to their next adventures. It was enjoyable and left me with an urge to visit New Orleans again.