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Monday, February 14, 2011

Tattoo Dream by Em Petrova

Tattoo Dream by Em Petrova
Publisher: Breathless Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (23 pgs)
Other: M/F, F/F, M/F/F, anal play, menage
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Sascha and Van are happily married. Their successful tattoo parlor should be enough to keep their lives full and enriched, but they both sense a void that only a third in their marriage could fill. Sexy waitress Maggie seems to be just the one they've been looking for. At the risk of ruining their friendship with Maggie, the couple makes the move to get her into their tattoo chair with the hopes of getting her in their bed.

Can love come from a tattoo? Can three equal one?

No, it's not the new math, and yet, it sort of is. I'm always looking for new variations on the menage theme. It's interesting to see the author's take on a very old practice. Em Petrova's story Tattoo Dream isn't everything I'd imagined. It's more.

This is a short little read, but it packs a wallop. Although I didn't feel like I got to really understand the characters, such is the downfall of the short story. Still, there is more than enough heat to carry the tale. I didn't get a whole lot of background on the characters, but it worked because this is an emotionally driven story.

There were a few things that took away from my overall enjoyment. Many times I was taken out of the story by what felt like a lot of telling. I completely understand the need to put little snippets of background information in to color things in for the reader, but there were a few times it seemed a bit much. Other times I wasn't totally sure whose point of view I was in. I had to go back and reread a few times to make sure I was clear.

Even though this story is essentially short and fast paced, the connection between the three principals is palpable. I wanted to see what would happen between Maggie, Van, and Sascha. Yeah, I needed a cool drink by the time I finished the story. Just when I thought they couldn't do anything else, bam, another twist I didn't see.

If you want a book that's heavy on heat, then you need to read Tattoo Dream. It's guaranteed to singe your screen.

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