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  • File Size: 296 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Adrienne D. Wilson (as Valentine Bonnaire) (April 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XO7BL2
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West Coast writer of Literary Erotica, under the noms de plume Valentine Bonnaire and Adrianna de la Rosa. My work has appeared at Cleansheets and the Erotica Readers and Writer's Association. xxoo! Gardenias is a first collection of my short stories.

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or in Twitter @bonnaire

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4 Fragrant, All Consuming, Sensual Garden of Love Stars * * * *
It has been said over and over again the most potent, largest sexual organ in the human body is the mind.
The short story collection, Gardenias by Valentine Bonnaire goes about proving this concept repeatedly. The over whelming theme is how all of our senses work to create the sensual environment for us to feel, want and then act on these desires.
The use of flowers, perfumes and scents is explored how they impact triggers.
The opening story, Gardenias, brought a rush of feelings for me as I remembered all the times my mother had them bought for my sister and I were instructed to not touch the petals as if touched they would be damaged and turn brown... the fragrance Shalimar and Chanel No. 5 was used and like so many others... those scents have serious memories for me as well as the character in this tale.
There were many different chapters... some connecting ... some not. Each brought a different use but all with the same purpose and result... a keen interest to see where this author was taking me. Some of the stories involved relationships which weren't complete or resolved due to unhappy marriages or circumstances..... But all were driven by a strong voice fighting to control her life and figure things out.
The most engaging part of this collection was the string of chapters involving our main character with a man 20 years her senior and cut from the Hemingway cloth... he had lived and they found each other when she was free finally to see herself as she wanted to be...
There were descriptions of letters, conversations and times together which made me personally wish to stop reading and go on the hunt for that man...
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There seems to be a touch of everything within these pages...
the forbidden stranger,
bondage and control,
misery in marriage,
coming of age,
fantasy lovers,
lost love,

There are a few topics which might be taboo for some readers:
Several stories dealing with adultery,
age differences,
anal sex,

It has an ethereal quality to it...
The book does not follow a linear narrative throughout the chapters. The transition between stories evokes a dream state - the tales dissolving into one-another with each new chapter...
Sometimes feeling like memoirs and memories,
Sometimes darker and more forbidden,
Sometimes reading like poetry,
Sometimes blissfully playful,
Sometimes poignant...

Gardenias is not your average book, it does not fit any one specific genre. I would qualify it as a mix of poetry/erotica/chick-lit/domestic meditation...
This is the author's soul folded into a book.
Elegant yet erotic,
Intricate yet attainable,
and admittedly (though unsurprising based on the title) a little flowery at times...

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By nepenthiad on December 10, 2013
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I loved this book. It surprised me. I often hold my breath when reading an erotica writer for the first time, waiting for the cringe-worthy adverbs, or repetitive, choppy narrative, or tired descriptions of what-part-goes-where-oh-how-sexy.

Gardenias has none of these things. I held my breath because of its beauty. The prose is so lovely, so carefully crafted that I sighed - literally sighed - while reading it. The loosely connected vignettes made me hot, but also, surprisingly, made me wistful for the kind of sensual serenity Bonnaire has painted across the pages.

My reaction to Gardenias was also a surprise because my preferences generally run toward darker and more twisty erotica. Gardenias is not dark in that way, but it held my attention with a similar sort of emotional depth, an introspection not always (or often) triggered by such ephemeral, feminine language. To help keep it with me, I parceled it out over several days, and savored it.

Gardenias and Greta Christina's 'Bending' are my two favorite erotic books this year.
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