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Monday, January 16, 2012

Back to Life by Emma Hillman

Back to Life by Emma Hillman
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (76 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play, Toys
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Dahlia

Sara knows she should regret having sex with Jared, her former brother-in-law. But their erotic encounter is the best thing that’s happened to her all year. Thanks to his heady kisses and clever fingers, he’s made her feel alive again, and she can’t help but yearn for more.

Jared has been waiting for this moment for months. Finally Sara sees him as more than a former in-law. He’s a man in love and not afraid to show it, determined to give her everything she needs, in and out of the bedroom.

Their blossoming relationship isn’t to everybody’s liking. With insecurities rising and tempers igniting, Sara and Jared will have to decide what’s more important, making everyone else happy…or making each other happy.

Sara and Jared's friendship has always been an easy one, but when Sara decides she needs a life that involves sex, Jared decides to take their relationship to the next level.

Complications surround Sara's young widowed life, so why not add one more? The story opens the morning after a wickedly hot night of truck sex in a bar parking lot with her (ex) brother-in-law Jared. Determined to forget the whole torrid affair, Sara goes about the next day as if nothing ever happened, but when it's clear Jared is determined to do the same, Sara confronts him. What follows is a roller-coaster of sexual highs and emotional lows that will leave the reader breathless one minute and upset the next.

Sara is a pear-shaped woman who had not been insecure of her curves until now, while Jared starts to believe that his bachelor lifestyle and the fear of being compared to his dead brother may not make him the best contender for Sara's heart. The progression of their relationship is complex in that everyone around them (with the exception of Jared's mother), has taken issue for one reason or another with their relationship. Sara and Jared do an excellent job of defending the other, but eventually their own doubts set in. Are they good enough for the each other? As they navigate their way past the blazing sexual chemistry looking for common ground, realizations are made that could potentially change everything.

This love-story-in-progress may be short, but covers a lot of ground. I did have a bit of difficulty in picturing the characters and setting due to the lack of details early on in the story, but it didn't affect my overall enjoyment.

My hat's off to Ms. Hillman for some very explosive sex scenes, and wow, did Jared surprise me with his aggression. I'm excited to find out what other stories this author has to offer and would definitely recommend this story to readers in the market for an erotic romance with heart.

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