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Amatore's Restaurant: Themes of Seduction Paperback – June 29, 2014
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About the Author
Living in the peace and quiet of Southern Brittany, James Sillwood readily acknowledges that the surroundings at his cottage inspire an atmosphere conducive to writing. After an itinerant early life, James has now settled in France and divides his time between writing and music. As an accomplished musician he plays regularly as a soloist and with a Latin jazz group. And it is here at his secluded home in Brittany that the novels, Amatore's Restaurant and West Quarry Farm, have been completed. When taking a break from performing and writing, James takes a keen interest in Breton culture and local history. He enjoys trying out regional recipes, visiting local markets and exploring the surrounding countryside.
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My favorite piece was the chapter titled ‘Bodywork’. As I read the chapter which revolved around ‘Jane’ and a ‘mechanic’ that she encounters I found myself wanting to find out more about these characters. Actually there were several chapters that made me feel that way. So many times I found myself saying ‘wow, this chapter could’ve been made into its own book/short story and I think that says a lot for this author. Mr. Sillwood clearly has a lot of talent as well as a very vivid imagination! Well done!
Satisfying erotica can be a highly personal matter: one person's oyster is another's beef tartare. Amatore's Restaurant aims to please all of its patrons with selections running the gamut from fem-dom, cuckolding, voyeurism, school-girl, mild bondage, f/f, and more (minus m/m). Just as with most fine establishments, you will find something that appeals to you here.
Unlike the plethora of garish fiction currently available that's labeled erotica, however, Amatore's Restaurant provides a well-fleshed narrative frame--a theatre group's end of season dinner--from which personal recollections of feverish, arousing, and sometimes bewildering encounters spin off. Additionally, the intriguing character development and occasionally exotic settings assure you that you are in the hands of a skilled author. Well done.
On another note, the way the book is written, the author could ask for way more money than he is charging for it. I'd pay a pretty penny for this book.
Then, as the story progresses we see there are some who have met in the past, some who have been involved in the pastor had affairs in the past, and others who are destined to be involved in the future and leave the restaurant together, forsaking their previous partners.
The majority of the book is a retelling of each person's tale and each of these tales contain erotic memories - more or less steamy, more or less compelling, and exhibiting a vast variety of settings and sexual tendencies.
The erotic elements were well written and convincing.
The rest of the book, where the reader pieces together the links between the characters, reminded me a little of the style of an Agatha Christie - where the clarity is only revealed at the end.
I think this book is a difficult act to pull off because the author is blending elements of romance, erotica and a more literary style. I like all of those elements - so it worked for me. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
The erotica is good, but it's written in a way to help the reader visualize without being overly graphic. If you want your erotica to be explicit, this might not be for you.
Another quality of the book is that there are so many different characters and we get to know them each in a way that fits the format. None of these characters compel me to want to care about them, but that's what you get from a vignette. I did however, find myself wondering who was into what and there were some surprises.
All told, a quality book with well written erotica that's not overly graphic. It's a bit of a long read though, so set aside some time.
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