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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Mirror, Mirror: Gladiator by Alice Gaines

Mirror, Mirror: Gladiator by Alice Gaines
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (22 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Salome Jones has been sent on a forced vacation by her overworked staff. Canticus has been exiled because he won't play nice with the women administrators who oversee the games on his planet. When the two of them end up stuck in the same hotel suite, sparks fly. So do clothes and limbs. Can the two arrive at a solution that will allow them to continue their sexual explorations?

This tale makes no apologies for its exploration of man versus woman and the sheer sexual fun and gleeful exuberance found within.

And what is it with a caveman approach that turns otherwise sophisticated women into frenzied cats in heat? Granted, Ms. Gaines description of Canticus is positively drool-worthy. I mean, a woman has to be half asleep not to appreciate the visual the author paints with her words. And I have no idea why I get the giggles with heroes who used grunted one word possessive speech while at the same time, shiver with great anticipation. The hero did all that to me and more.

Salome is a woman in charge. She’s so over the top that her employees mutinied. There’s no one to rein her in, to make her stop and smell the roses or enjoy the very basics that life has to offer. She’s so driven; I think she forgot how to be a woman. Canticus is going to change all that with style and sexy precision. Erotic readers are going to get a kick out his taming her.

In fact that is what this reminds me of: a sexier version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Except I don’t think Mr. Shakespeare ever thought of doing it the way Canticus did. Well, maybe he did, but he certainly couldn’t write about it. I’m so glad I live in the times that I do because I’d be missing out on a lot of fun.

Some readers might be put off by how fast Salome lets Canticus do his manly thing but keep in mind, this is a short story and things have to move fast. This is a great little tale for readers who need a quick fix of passion and unbridled satisfaction without a lot of emotional angst and baggage to drag it down.

So that it’s not too fluffy a read, the author does have both Canticus and Salome both learning a lesson and finding what they need from and in the other. The hero and heroine both get their ways in a mutual and satisfactory arrangement.

Mirror, Mirror: Gladiator is so cute and magical. It’s lighthearted, positive and exactly what I was in the mood for. Sometimes, all I want to do is kick back and just read just for the sake of entertainment and pleasure. This book delivered exactly what I wanted, like a pinch of sugar mixed with chili peppers – sweet and hot all at the same time.

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