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Monday, August 8, 2011

Wrong by Shelby Morgen

Wrong by Shelby Morgen
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (21 pgs)
Other: M/F, Toys, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Xerathemum

Katie's got her eye on tall, dark, and hunky, wrapped in black leather and jeans.

Problem. He's so sinfully sexy, she can't get a word out in his presence. Not to mention the fact that he looks like he's barely legal, at best. She needs to get him out of her system.

Michael's got other ideas. He's set his sights on improving Katie's theory of the Big Bang -- in more ways than one.

Wrong is the kind of story that can make a reader smile, laugh and reach for an ice cube all at the same time.

Ms. Morgen did a wonderful job of marking the passage of time, giving the relationship more depth and meaning while exploring the main characters’ burgeoning attraction for each other. I liked how Katie was all shy and blushing. Her personality was adorable because she hid a very adventurous sensual person inside. She wasn’t sure how to get around her initial inhibitions. Thank goodness for secondary characters. Once they did their job, it opened up the door for Katie to put into action all the little fantasies she’d been having.

Michael isn’t who or what Katie thought at all. That was a delightful surprise. In fact, it made him even yummier, if that were possible. I enjoyed Ms. Morgen’s use of turnabout is fair play in the hero’s choice of job to payoff off some loans. He’s a man who makes the most of an opportunity and he certainly knew a good thing when he saw it. And like his ex-profession, he intended to maximize all options to obtain his ultimate goal – Katie. I love it when a plan comes together – even if it’s on the fly.

The buildup was sexy and well written. The delivery was satisfying, easy to read and totally fun. I know I had a sappy smile on my face when Michael and Katie role played a bit because it was amusing, exciting and inventive, especially when the hero found some of Katie’s jewelry. The dialogue that went with it was like icing on a cake – it made it the perfect finished product.

The ending seemed more happily for now but I got the sense the Michael intends to enjoy convincing Katie of his sincerity for the long haul. I also get the impression that Katie is going to eventually welcome that idea. How could she not? He’s perfect for her.

Wrong is the right kind of book for readers who enjoy short, sexy and romantic stories that are upbeat, entertaining and sigh inducing. The editing was great, the dialogue enjoyable to read and the characters were easy to like. Short stories can only give a reader so much in plot, characterization and action, but what there was in Wrong definitely delivers what erotic romance enthusiasts look for. It’s time well spent.

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