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The Accidental Cougar Paperback – May 18, 2014
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About the Author
Sommer Marsden has been called "...one of the top storytellers in the erotica genre" (Violet Blue), "Unapologetic" (Alison Tyler) and "...the whirling dervish of erotica" (Craig J. Sorensen). Her erotic novels include Restricted Release, Restless Spirit, Learning to Drown, and Boys Next Door. Sommer currently writes erotica and erotic romance for Ellora's Cave, Xcite Books, HarperCollins Mischief, Excessica, Pretty Things Press and Resplendence Publishing. The wine-swigging, dachshund-owning, wannabe-runner lives in a little house in a little town near Baltimore, Maryland. Her fiction runs the gamut from bondage to zombies to humor. Sommer's short works can be found in well over a hundred (and counting) erotic anthologies. Her short stories have also been included numerous adult and romance magazines--both in print and online. Visit Sommer at Unapologetic Fiction by visiting http://sommermarsden.blogspot.com or find her on social media.
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I adored Charlie. He is sexy, charming, funny and he is not afraid to call Abbie on her s***. He refuses to let her treat him like a child and forces her to actually look at and examine this thing developing between them. While I was frustrated a few times, I completely understood why Abbie was hesitant and afraid. This book had plenty of steamy sex, lots of trademark Marsden humor and just enough tension because of the differences in their ages and their expectations of their 'relationship' to keep things interesting. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book in this trilogy and getting to spend more time with Abbie and Charlie.
If Sommer has one talent that sets her above all the rest in her genre, it's that she's so good at reaching down into the situations, getting out the humor, the awkwardness, the love, the hate, the self-doubt and the insecurities that drive all of us, during sex. (personally, I'd love to get a gender-swap on this one and see some of the events from Charlie's point of view. Alas, Sommer often writes first person, and I likely never see what goes on in his head!)
This particular story resonates with me particularly, as an older woman, and with an awful lot of friends who are going through mid-life divorces. Getting back into the dating scene can be scary, especially when you've been with someone for a long time. I can't remember the last time I had a first kiss, either. And there's a certain devaluing of self that seems to come, particularly with women, as we get older. (I say this as most of my divorced male friends are dating - usually younger women - and most of my divorced female friends are... single.)
Abby's being clobbered over the head by both fear and reality. Dealing with that fear, fear of what she wants and fear of what she's getting and fear of what's going to happen "after." Afters are dangerous things to women... I personally hate them.
Because I relate so well to Abby, I found myself much more drawn into this novel than I usually am and wanted to slap some of the people in the book for being complete weasels. I finished it in two sittings, which was not my original intent, but as often happens with Sommer's books, it's like a can of pringles. I can't just read one chapter...