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From the Author

A special Austrian man inspired this story ... and the Asian woman is someone I know intimately.

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  • File Size: 2455 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Publisher: lowercase publishing (December 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AJCAPFE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,500,732 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Eden Baylee left a twenty-year banking career to write and is now a full-time author of multiple genres.

She has written three collections of erotic novellas and flash fiction ~ SPRING INTO SUMMER, FALL INTO WINTER, and HOT FLASH.

In 2014, she launched the first novel of her trilogy with Dr. Kate Hampton--a psychological mystery/suspense called STRANGER AT SUNSET. In addition to working on her next novel, Eden created Lainey Lee for the Lei Crime Series, a feisty divorcée who finds adventure and romance in Hawaii. Her stories--A SNAKE IN PARADISE and SEAL OF A MONK can be found on Kindle Worlds.

An introvert by nature and an extrovert by design, Eden is most comfortable at home with her laptop surrounded by books. She is an online Scrabble junkie and a social media enthusiast, but she really needs to get out more often!

Connect to her via her website at edenbayleebooks.com. She loves talking to readers!

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Format: Kindle Edition
First of all, I never read romance.
And when I say never I mean never.
I'm more into non-fiction and sci-fi, so this is a new venture.
I picked this story up because I want to broaden my horizon - reading something I normally NEVER pick up,
just to see what the grass on the other side looks like.

And despite my initial worries, I was pleasantly surprised :

The story of a Canadian of Asian heritage falling in love with an Austrian (which she meets during her travels) is quite charming,
and the minor "culture" clash creates some smirks.

I especially like the dynamics of their differences: a charming European (Austrian) and a first generation Chinese from Canada - this makes
up for some interesting cliche shattering (e.g. expecting asian women to be compliant, even when they're raised in a Western country.)

The setting is mostly in Austria during Winter which creates a comfortable and cozy atmosphere - probably because I'm from Germany and it's similar.
There is not much of a story - it's mostly about two peeps falling in love, losing each other and then meeting again a decade later.

The prose is wonderfully terse and not kitschy - a bias that I have towards most romance writing by females.
The flirtation is seductive and the love-making sequences are dynamic and intense - they almost seem like fighting sequences to me,
but hey, I'm a male, so that comes with the territory.

I recommend this short read to anyone who's even partly interested in romance, because of the unique setting, diverse characters
and passionate sex scene writing.
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Okay, first off I have to admit this is my first endeavor at reading erotica. My reason or excuse, depending on your point of view, was it wasn’t my thing. I never gave the genre much of a thought aside from, “Oh that’s a good book you say? Cool.” You see, romance and erotica stories don’t do a whole lot for me. I’m a guy and we like things that go boom or get shot, beaten up, bludgeoned, and so on. I like action and so I never read anything considered for “bored housewives”.

Now that I’ve got all of that out of the way, why did I read The Austrian and the Asian, you ask? Well, there’s two reasons. First, I’ve heard some of the reviews for Eden’s books through the grapevine and her style intrigued me.

Second, my wife read it and told me how much she enjoyed it and how the writing style reminded her of mine. Hey, those of us with formal writing styles need to stick together, right?

So, being the curious and open-minded person I am, I picked up a copy a few weeks back and started reading it a short time ago. One of the first things I noticed was the lack of stereotypes. When one thinks of erotica, I imagine an adult film put on paper similar to Playboy forums. (Guys, you know what I mean.)

From the beginning, Eden wove us into the mind of her character as she struggled to understand the man whose home she was staying at while in Austria. It’s the type of story we’ve all had to deal with at some point. Does he/she like me? Do I stand a chance? And of course the rationalization we all go through by saying, “they weren’t interested” or “I didn’t know what they wanted”. As the characters go through this metamorphosis, we’re drawn into their lives and want to see them live happily ever after.

As a first time reader of this genre, I was pleasantly surprised and will probably check out Eden’s other books at some point.
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I read Eden Baylee's The Austrian and the Asian on my laptop in the hills of Chiang Mai, Thailand, while sitting on a veranda facing south and a declining sun. On a table beside me, a carafe of cold Chilean white wine and a bowl of home-made French bread. Some good classical music would have come in handy and sealed the ambience, but that was lacking. Not having dived into the genre in some time, I was in the mood for some serious erotica. And I wasn't disappointed; I enjoyed it immensely.
It's a novella, short and sweet and as much romantic as it is erotic. It's well plotted and written, with keenly developed characters and realistic dialogue. Ms. Baylee writes well. I find her writing style has an attractive cadence that flows smoothly and is easy to read. I finished it within two hours.
The story of an encounter and consequent love affair between a Canadian/Chinese girl, Elena, and Stefan, an Austrian architect, which takes us from Thailand's Pukhet beaches to the ski slopes of Austria, on to Canada and back to Austria, is well told with a vibrant gusto and some poignancy. The love (erotic) scenes come in, as they should, on cue with urgency and a definite rush; the first bedroom encounter seriously turned me on. I wanted to be in Stefan's place. The writer handles these scenes playfully, going from gentle and tender on to powerful and demanding, with a deft control. This convinces me of a bias I have: women write far better erotica than men, any day.
Male writers in this genre, tend to write for male titillation; they feel they know what men want. Many, using female pen names, and a sexy photo take it further. Much of the stuff they write must turn women off, and a lot of it is hilarious even coming from otherwise talented writers.
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