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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Customer Service by Wynter Daniels

Customer Service by Wynter Daniels
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (47 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, BDSM, sex toys, menage
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Carnation

April’s husband divorced her for a snooty saleswoman, leaving her with a bruised and battered self-image. When she evaluates a new sex toy and lingerie store for her job as a mystery shopper, she finds much more than kinky gear. One by one and then together, two hunky salesmen give her the best customer service of her life—emphasis on service—and restore her confidence in the process.

April, who has taken a job as a mystery shopper, has just been assigned a shop in a mall that sells lingerie and sex toys. It's been over a year since her divorce when her husband left her for a young bimbo and she hasn't been involved with a man since. She's trying to heal her wounded self-esteem and is ready to turn a corner into a new life. She has always loved shopping, so this new job fits her well. She's confused about one request regarding the store she's sent to evaluate; they are requesting that she inquire about their extra services. When she goes into the shop she sees, in addition to the vast array of hot lingerie, sex toys and products, the salesman: a tall, muscular, gorgeous man who looks like a model standing in a doorway waiting to greet her.

April is the only customer in the store and has the total attention of the hot salesman, who guides her through several possible lingerie purchases. When she chooses a sexy, black bustier, she is shown to the dressing room. Can you imagine her shock when she finds that in addition to a full-length mirror, the walls are plastered with photos of people in sexual action, one of whom is her abundantly endowed salesman, Ty. By now she is dripping hot. After stripping, she is once again shocked when Ty enters the dressing room and proceeds to assist in dressing her in the bustier. After a raging hot kiss, Ty goes to lock the shop door. ...And he again proves very helpful.

The story takes an unusual turn when, after she denies his claim that she is beautiful, Ty orders April to take her purchase, leave and not return until she has faith in her own beauty. But when she gets home, she can find no trace of the bustier or proof of the transaction. To further complicate the situation, when she returns to collect her purchase she finds a different, equally gorgeous salesman - Bernardo, with Ty not to be found.

The twists and odd surprises in this story are fascinating and fun. I chuckled at the author's wicked humor several times. The sizzling erotic scenes burn right off the pages and are a bit edgy, as well. Ms. Daniels took me on a fantasy journey that had several notable layers and was enjoyable from beginning to end. I loved the surprise ending with a hopeful slant. While I wouldn't call this a romance exactly, I feel the story is worth the read for the message of self-love, healing and sexual emergence. My advice is this: do read Customer Service. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, as did I.

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