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Better Than 8 Fantasy Paperback – June 29, 2011
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An avid reader by nature, Erin Jamison dreamed of telling stories of my very own. She creates stories that promote individuality, confidence, fearlessness, fortitude, and passion. Erin Jamison writes sensual erotic stories of women who know what they want and aren’t afraid to go after it.
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The beginning was really fun with Amara her friends chatting and some hilarious moments! By the middle of the book I thought it was too predictable, and then a “what the F?!” twist almost by the end of the book changes everything you thought you knew!
The idea is great, but I believe it has a few “executing” issues. What I mean is that it has potential but a lot of things along the way interrupted this promising plot. The pacing wasn’t right: the middle is the weakest part -and separates the story between part one and part two- it was lacking descriptions and elements that connected these 2 parts together. The second part could be a plot for a whole new book. I felt like there was a lot of good ideas mixed together and needed to be better organized and explained. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, however, it could be better.
Afterall it was fun, sexy and a good book for a debut! I’ll keep an eye on Erin Jamison’s next releases!
I think everyone has had an experience with a dating site, be it an email, seeing it on the TV or actively taking part on one, we've all seen it. The harsh truth is that many times we only hear about people's bad experiences with them. Better Than 8 is a tale of a good experience, a very good experience.
At first the fantasy bit of the book's title threw me. Especially with Seva's name - I had images of him being a vampire. However the fantasy transpires to being an erotic fantasy and one that I dare say a few women have thought of.
I read Better Than 8: Fantasy in just under 2 hours. I couldn't put it down! I think it's the first book I read on my e-reader that I totally lost count of the pages with. I was left with a happy glow after this book as it swept me away.
The story didn't lack anywhere and although I didn't feel a lasting connection to any of the characters after the story ended I was for two hours in a different world, think about whom I would choose as my Seva and Naldo.
If you are looking for a highly charged romantic read then this is the perfect book for you.
I give Better Than 8: Fantasy 4/5.
There are a few spoilers below:
I really enjoyed Better than 8 Fantasy. I giggled my way through the first chapters while reading all the "girlfriend talk". That's pretty much how girlfriends carry on. (At least in my world) I was smiling through the wine induced conversation that turned into the men's penis size conversation and I wished I could pull up a comfy chair and join them. The idea to have a dating website established for well-endowed men was a very funny story angle and I don't think I've come across one before. So kudos to ErinJamison for an original idea.
Funny Moment - I also want to make a mention of having the main character Amara driving her car while trying to practice the Bewitched nose wiggle. It had me cracking up. (Mainly because I've done it myself.)
Many relationships in this day and age do start out on-line so it was quite believable that Amara had developed strong feelings for Sevastien without meeting him face to face. I also really liked that Amara was usually portrayed in a positive light. Whether it was emphasizing how business savvy she was or her strong morals to not cheat with Adrian (more about him in a second) it was comforting to read that she was a strong able woman if not slightly flawed. Amara's flaw was Adrian.
Remember in Sex and the City where Big was in love with Carrie but then he turned around and married Natasha? I digress. Well Adrian is the Mr. Big equivalent. Adrian still phones Amara and they mercilessly flirt with each other and Amara needs to kick Adrian to the curb. The reason I like this part of the story however, is because the Adrian and Amara situation is real and is true to life. He is not villainous enough to want to do him harm but he is villainous enough to call him a scum bag. It serves him right for marrying the wrong girl. I like that Amara wants so badly to give into her old flame's desires but yet, sticks to her morals and doesn't.
Fast forward to when Amara and Seva finally meet, the circumstances were intriguing. I wish the readers were privy to Seva's POV so that we could know if he was aware that Amara was attending that board room meeting. The readers were treated to Amara's POV but left wondering about Seva.
Finally, yes finally near the end of the book, the readers were granted Seva and Amara's highly anticipated romance scene. Unfortunately for me the scene was luke warm. Perhaps it was too anticipated and that the build up was too long. We all read that Seva was 10 ½ inches of manhood and Jill found him on the website for well-endowed men. With the readers having that information, there was barely a mention from Amara's POV regarding his enormous size. It was like BANG, and then it was over then BANG she was in love. Then BANG Seva has a male lover, Naldo. Oops did I just slip that in? That's because it just slipped in the book. I was like, `what!?!?' After the initial shock of `where did that storyline came from?', I was happy to accept it. The only issue I had with having a major plot simply slipped in was that it was at the very end of the book and then the book was over. The epilogue kicks in and the book ends. Way to fast and way to abrupt. The good news is that I enjoyed the book so I wanted more. The bad news is that there isn't any.
In closing I'd like to say, Erin Jamison is an author I am going to watch for. As this was her debut novel, I was very impressed. Very few rookie errors and it was a great read.
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