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Friday, April 20, 2012

Serving Serena by Candice Butler

Serving Serena by Candice Butler
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing, LLC
Genre: Contemporary, paranormal
Length: Short Story (139 pgs)
Other: M/F, F/F, Anal Play, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Iris

Serena Davies, unrepentant hippie, has a major case of artist’s block. She also has a deadline for the showing of a lifetime. She’s been told the island monastery retreat at St. Catherine of Bologna can work wonders for artists in need of inspiration.

From the moment Teros picks her up on the dock, Serena feels the uncontrollable urge to explore the body beneath his monk’s robe. But she’s still Catholic enough to know seducing a monk is a permanent ticket to purgatory. Ignoring these urges become nearly impossible after Teros tells her he’s there to serve only her. When he reveals he’s not a monk, Serena gives in, knowing this thirty-something hard body will probably break her fifty-eight-year-old heart. What Teros has not revealed is that he’s the Greek god of requited love, Anteros.

Spending her days and nights with Teros amidst the unbridled natural beauty of the island, Serena abandons the landscape paintings that made her famous. Now she finds the other sexy residents of the island make far more interesting subjects. Serena wonders if she can ignore the world’s intolerance for seeing older women with younger men long enough to hold on to the love of a lifetime.

Any book that starts with a stolen glance of a fantastic (nude!) butt and, ahem, hints of male genitalia has GOT to be good, right?! This one doesn’t disappoint.

The basic story is a lovely erotic romance, not just sexual exploits. Admittedly, the monk serving her at the secluded artist’s retreat is the hottest thing Serena has seen in awhile, and the Catholic confusion and angst that follows is a little amusing. Fortunately, it's also dispelled rather quickly.

I was treated to not only the artist’s carnal indulgences, but also those created by her very fertile mind as well as the romantic interludes of various other artists staying at the retreat. There's no shortage of art, good food, or sex on this island!

Two scenes in the book made me laugh out loud. The first is when Serena finds out that George, the cook, practices his art in the nude, and the second is when she finds him at the oven early in the morning. It almost makes you want to find your own baker in a blue apron.

At the risk of spoilers, the ending of the book is not truly a surprise as hints are generously woven throughout the story. It does not in any way detract from the romance of the story or the deliciousness of any coupling described.

This was a difficult book to put down, and is one of those that has “stuck with me”. For those who prefer a good story with their sex, this is an excellent book to pick up. Enjoy it today!

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