The Hourglass by Anne Weller
Publisher: Bradley Press
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/F, menage, spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois
Prim research librarian Mary Chase travels to Italy in search of an antique manuscript rumored to belong to international financier Emilio Vittorini. She soon discovers the rumors are right -- but that gaining access to the manuscript hinges on her willingness to submit to a series of dark and carnal games with Vittorini himself.
When she submits, she makes the most astonishing discover of all – that the rituals of Vittorini’s calculated discipline have the power to awaken a level of passionate response in her that she never knew she possessed. But at what price? And what will become of her when their ‘negotiations’ come to an end?
First person narration always draws me into a story and this one not only drew me in but kept me entertained for the entire story. It’s told through the heroine’s eyes and begins with a little intrigue and then turns into a very sexy read. The Hourglass is not only the title of this book but the instrument used to count down how long the hero will ‘punish’ the heroine for breaking into his library. Punish really isn’t a good word for what he does to her. Let’s just say I wish I was the one being punished because Ms. Weller did a wonderful job teasing me and putting me on the edge of my seat wondering what he was going to do next and whether the hourglass run out before he got a chance to do it.
The scene in the library is just the beginning of this entertaining read. It’s short on dialogue but I think it made it all the more unique. Ms. Weller gave the heroine a wonderful voice that could have only been told through first person narration. If you’re looking for an erotic romance this might or might not be for you. However, if you like erotica with a touch of romance, this will is a must read.
I highly recommend this one and I’ll be looking for more stories by this author.