Another Lover by Eliza Lloyd
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Length: Short Story (70 pages)
Other: M/F, spanking, BDSM, toys, anal play
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Amaryllis
Dorian Montgomery has one driving need, to be selected as the Westminster Whore’s final lover. The last two years, others have outbid him. This year he is determined to have her, and places the culmination of three years’ bids as his offer. Will it be enough to win her?
Isabelle St. Hillaire has fashioned her sexual legacy—one lover a year for thirty days only—on her unusual features and her uncanny ability to pleasure men in all the right ways. She wants her last client to be the masterful aficionado she has never had. A man with an astounding reputation as a lover and an equally magnificent body. She has only one rule. Don’t fall in love.
This year’s winner? Well, let’s just say he didn’t have the highest bid, but he had the most to offer.
Emotional conflict plays out between the sheets. I really enjoyed this story, which I assume is an early Victorian. Dorian, the hero, is a sensualist who likes to please the women he beds. He’s all alpha male with a sensitive side. Isabelle is a woman who makes her way in the world by being a paid mistress to wealthy and powerful men. She’s got a reputation for being very skilled but she just goes through the motions, feeling no pleasure herself. Dorian is determined to change all of that. Once a year, she picks a man who will pay to be her lover for thirty days. This year Dorian wins and she hopes he can show her something different than the other men she’s known. At the same time, it’s hard for her to trust that a man can care that way about a woman.
These are two self-protective, proud people who come together in a firestorm of passion. The characters were very easy to relate to, very sympathetic. But the reason they are so sympathetic is the way the author portrays them. The perspective here is very deep, sensual, and emotional. This story is told in vivid moment-to-moment detail as if one were seeing it all unfold through the character’s eyes. The conflict between the characters is engaging, ongoing and sexy.
The sex is white hot and very well written. There’s a lot feeling underneath the surface in the sexual scenes, wonderful use of subtlety and subtext. The prose is clear and crisp.
I loved the way the author chose to end their story, it’s just right for the characters and this story. Any other ending would have felt inauthentic. This is a perfect short story, sexy with a satisfying HEA.