Taking It Off by Rachel Randall
Length: Short Story (47 pgs)
Rating 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis
Valentine’s got a talent for finding the right fit—whether it’s matching an executive to a job or finding a lover for himself—but he’s never had a first impression like Lucy before.
Commandeered by the intriguing stranger at a luxury London department store, Valentine’s more than happy to provide the masculine opinion Lucy demands. After all, watching her model fabulous cocktail dresses, saucy shoes and mouth-watering lingerie is his pleasure.
He soon realises that he wants more than just one seductive afternoon with the luscious Lucy. Getting under those new clothes will be a challenge since she's gone back to New York, but he's not the only one being driven mad by the heat of their long-distance flirtation. Now Valentine just needs to convince his little tease that the best part of trying things on is taking them off again.
I really enjoyed the opening of this story. Valentine is fascinated by the gorgeous ankles he sees under the dressing room door. Out walks the owner of those legs and asks him to tag along to pick outfits for her.
Valentine comes across as a lady’s man and you almost think he’s cheating on his girlfriend until you learn the woman he’s with is his older sister. I don’t know why but I didn’t connect with the heroine, Lucy, as much as I would have liked. Maybe it was because I found Valentine such a sexy character and she seemed to be on the bossy side. I did however, like the uniqueness of the setting, various changing rooms and all the clothes, shoes and underwear Lucy tries on. It made me think of Sex and The City.
One element I did especially like was the lead in headings to each chapter, “black tracksuit, patent trainers, smirk…” very original and set the scene for what was coming next for these two characters.
The author does a good job with leading us up to the sex scenes. There is plenty of sexual tension and sexy talk up to that point which makes the final few pages that much more satisfying.
This is a quick sexy read with some unique elements that I can happily recommend.