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Length: 143 pages

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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, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XO7BL2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

Find me at my blog http://vbonnaire.wordpress.com

or in Twitter @bonnaire

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My friend, knowing of my interest in erotica as both writer and reader, let me read this book on his Kindle. There is some truly lovely writing here, the romantically poetic language coexisting intriguingly with the sexually explicit.The book is a series of loosely connected stories which, because of the nature of the subject-matter, are somewhat repetitious but the quality of the writing more than compensates. As must be expected there are occasional infelicities: some overly ornate and - more rarely - some clunky writing; and I'd love to know what the author means by the word 'vespers' which she uses repeatedly and which I can make no contextual sense of (I kept wondering if she meant 'zephyrs').
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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,
deflowering,
lost love,

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

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...

Read my full review here: [...]
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By Dennis Cardiff on February 9, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Not since Delta of Venus, and Little Birds, by Anais Nin have I found such an exquisite collection of erotic stories. The author weaves a spell, where we are drawn into an enchanting world of seduction. This is skillfully and artfully created through the development of plot, environment and characters. At times, we are in a stream of consciousness, seeing the world through another's eyes. Never predictable, never repetitious -- a true masterpiece.
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