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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A love story for and about age-enhanced persons!, December 7, 2007
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kellytwo "kellytwo" (cleveland hts, ohio) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gray Pleasures (Kindle Edition)
Hooray! Finally, a book for those of us who are age-enhanced, or age-enriched. In other words, those of us who'll never see 50, or 60 or maybe even 70 again. See that gray hair on the cover couple? Well, believe me, snow on the roof has nothing to do with the furnace inside them. This is a book for grown-ups. Really grown up. Older, and wiser. It's a wonderful love story--with a bit of mystery thrown in, and a huge serving of erotica. (Yes, indeed, older people do think of such things!)

Mary Grace and Nick, both in their 70s, meet when Nick, a poet, comes to speak to Mary Grace's Senior Center Group. The attraction is immediate, and deep. These are with-it seniors, so Mary Grace looks him up on the internet and discovers that he'll be doing a book-signing at the local book store very soon. Off she goes to meet the poet who so intrigued her during his little talk.

Eventually, they have dinner together, learning more about each other, and their respective families. Episodes from Nick's past threaten to completely overset the new romance, but they are able to overcome the tragic situation.

Nick is a creative lover, introducing Mary Grace to all kinds of new things, and she is a most receptive student. Together, they prove that there are other routes to satisfaction than those considered typical or ordinary.

The author is a retired sex therapist who knows whereof he writes. My only very minor quibble is that he knows all the four-letter words and uses them with great joy and abandon. This is not my style, but nevertheless, I enjoyed this book immensely, and will certainly read it again and again. If you cannot tolerate that kind of language, then perhaps this wouldn't be the book for you - or your aged grandma. On the other hand, SHE just might surprise you, and prove to be younger-at-heart than you'd previously supposed.

Seriously, I hope the author can be convinced to write more of this type of book. After all, we all like to read about characters who look like us. And goodness knows, there are enough of us older folks around these days to provide a good market for more books of this kind.

Whoopeee!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Snow on the roof and fire down below!, January 2, 2011
This review is from: Gray Pleasures (Kindle Edition)
Mary Grace is a 70 something widow whose body is starting to send her messages of needs which require fulfilling. Fortuitously, poet Nick Jacobson arrives at the Senior Citizen Center where she spends her time - and she finds herself imagining what it would be like to not only get him into her bed, but to pleasure him as well as be pleasured by him! Are these futile fantasies, or is it possible for her to find the gratifying sex life which eluded her throughout her marriage, and get past the almost puritanical mores with which she was raised?

There is a lot that Mary Grace does not know about sex. Her marriage was not a successful one in that regard - her late husband being more interested in getting off than in a satisfying love life. It's taken her this long to even accept her own urges to touch herself as normal. But she hungers for so much more, and wonders even before she meets him if Nick might be someone she could be with. Once she's met him, she's even more determined to get him into her bed.

She consults with one of the counselors at the Center, who gives her access to a lot of good information on male physiology, and shows her how to find things on the internet that she is curious about. She even shows her a website where men masturbate on camera for all to see - and the counselor is not above giving the viewers a show of her own to encourage them to come to fruition for their benefit!

With patience and courage, Mary Grace gets to know Nick, and the two enter into a relationship that is both loving and sexual, exploring one another with great pleasure. Things get complicated when a woman from Nick's past begins to stalk them, and a former lover of his re-enters the picture. Can they reconcile past and present, as well as gain the approbation of their respective children, and form a lasting loving relationship?

This romance novel is different from most others in the genre in that it deals with senior citizens and their sex lives. It asks the question - is good sex possible for those who are over sixty? Over seventy, even? And the answer is a resounding yes! Don't be fooled by the snow on the chimneys, there are fires in these furnaces. Getting older does not mean you have to say good bye to dreams of love and sex and sweaty encounters in the dark - you can have it as long as you like!

Mary Grace and Nick are two very likeable characters, and I found myself rooting for Mary Grace from the beginning, as she began her brave voyage of discovery into her own sexuality. She saw what she wanted, and she went for it! Bravo, I say, bravo! Robert Birch deals with this subject in a very frank and forthright manner, and he doesn't pull any punches. He does not hesitate to use all the words which go along with erotic novels, so if any of those offend you, don't open this book.

At times the conversations seem almost too clinical to be true. Perhaps that is because the author is a retired sex therapist. But disregarding that, which isn't a major flaw, the hearts of the characters shine through, and their desire to forge a relationship, no matter how much time is left to them. After all, people die at all ages, and it's better to love for a short period of time than never love at all.

I think this book will appeal to those who enjoy erotic romance stories, and not just those in the same age bracket. After all, love and sex and erotica are universal and not just for the young. By the same token, I think older adults will be thrilled to find books which deal with their sexuality, and not just beautiful young people. These people are normal, regular people - love handles, varicose veins and all. I applaud them for allowing us to have a peek into their lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gray Pleasures, January 12, 2011
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Hotcha (Glen Carbon, IL, United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gray Pleasures (Kindle Edition)
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Seventy Year Old Mary Grace Stevens Had Lived Most Of Her Life By Being The Good Daughter That Her Mother Expected, No Dates, No High School Prom, And No Boys Touching! It Was Only When She Attended A Christian College That She Accepted A Date With Ralph Steven After She Twice Refused, They Dated For Months And Later Married And Had Three Children. At Fifty-Five, Ralph Lost All Desire For Sex And She Was Glad. Since Ralph Had Passed And She Was Through With Menopause Her Sex Drive Went Into Fast Forward. She Needed A Man's Touch But How Was She Supposed To Go About Finding One?

Seventy-Two Year Old Retired History Teacher And Poet, Nick Jacobson Recited His Poems At The Senior Center And Was Drawn To The Big Breasted Woman Seated In A Middle Row,And Remembered Seeing Her The Week Before, He Never Expected A Full Crowd But Was Glad To See Her And Hoped To Learn Her Name, And To Convince Her To Go To Dinner So That He Could Get To Know Her Better.....

Robert Birch Spins A Lovely Tale About Two Seniors Enjoying Their Last Days. Nick Volunteered To Help Mary Grace In Her Sex Education, Mary Grace Was So Naive And With Her Ridicule By Her Harsh Mother That Her Knowledge Of Sex Was Terribly Lacking, But She Was A Very Learned Student Under Nick's Smooth Fingers. Add Hot Erotic Sex, A Stalking, And A Double Murder And You Have An Excellent Read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, May 11, 2013
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This review is from: Gray Pleasures (Kindle Edition)
This book was really awesome. I would really recommend others to buy this book. I really enjoyed reading this book.
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