Closer by Charlotte Stein
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (30 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Forced Seduction, Fetish, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Review by: Anemone
Judy has a bad habit, one that gets worse during the busy Christmas season. She likes to rub against strangers on trains. And with all the hot businessmen on her route, she’s not kicking the habit anytime soon. After all, she’s not really hurting anyone. But she definitely feels dirty when a gorgeous stranger catches her in the act—until it’s clear he wants to join in, and he’s not the type to take no for an answer. In fact, he isn’t taking no for an answer on a lot of things.
Judy may think she’s only willing to go so far, or get so close. But Holt thinks differently…
What does it feel like to indulge in a fetish in public? Judy loves the holiday season because at this time of year, no one notices how much she enjoys rubbing up against strangers, not even the people themselves. Until one man sees her. Holt wants to help her out and take her fetish one step farther but can Judy make a leap of faith?
Ms. Stein explains Judy's fetish perfectly along with the euphoria and sexual gratification that drives her to keep pursuing these avenues. When she is caught practicing the fetish, especially in public, the shame and pleasure comes across in her words. In every description, she nails it beautifully.
The story is well written with the promise of a future relationship. Judy and Holt have great chemistry between them and I was worried this was simply a quickie for both of them, never to be seen or heard from either again but the ending is a pleasant surprise. While the sex in the beginning is hot, the end lovemaking scene felt dull in comparison and I missed the explosive chemistry from the first scene.
I hope Ms. Stein delves into the fetish area again because this book sinfully delicious. I look forward to reading future stories from her with the amazing character development and gorgeous prose. Her books are definitely keepers for my bookshelf.