Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Curio and the Curio Vignettes Paperback – July 23, 2016
See the Best Books of 2017
Looking for something great to read? Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the year in fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, children's books, and much more.
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Since she began writing in 2008, Cara McKenna has published nearly forty romances and erotic novels with a variety of publishers, sometimes under the pen names Meg Maguire and C.M. McKenna. Her stories have been acclaimed for their smart, modern voice and defiance of convention. She was a 2015 RITA Award finalist, a 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award winner, a 2012 and 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and a 2010 Golden Heart Award finalist. She lives with her husband and son in the Pacific Northwest, though she’ll always be a Boston girl at heart.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Wonderful collection of stories, that really work best just read straight as a novel. What a story that built and built. There are no side characters and I loved the connection, the emotions and the heat. Another excellent offering from Cara McKenna.
I liked Curio very, very much and would recommend it highly. I did have a couple of reservations, possibly because the original format was in serial form. There was a bit of a repetition about the two main characters' anxieties. The heroine seems to have remained a virgin because she really wanted a beautiful, perfect lover/boyfriend and wouldn't settle for less so she just never tried. That's a bit weird to me, but it's the author's prerogative to give her heroine a hang-up with which I can't empathize. The hero's anxiety has morphed into a whole disorder, whereby he can't leave his flat. That I could understand, since I'm a bit more familiar with that.
Anyway, the writing is - as usual - top notch and the story is sexy and fun. If you like Cara McKenna, you'll like this one.
The book is built a little differently than most. Curio itself is a series of four encounters between Didier, a male prostitute, and Caroly, an expat living in Paris - and a virgin. But the story doesn't follow the overdone cliches of virginal heroines. And this is what I love about Cara McKenna: she passes over cliches and creates more nuanced characters whose emotional journeys feel real. In this case, she manages to create lots of emotion even in a shorter book. The Curio Vignettes take the story past McKenna's usual story end - the Happily For Now point where the two character decide to move forward together - and follows the characters to a Happily Ever After.
If you're a fan, this hero/heroine dynamic reads more like the characters in Unbound than (my all-time favorite) Willing Victim. What's unusual about this collection is that it's the first of these early books where we hear the male perspective.
McKenna writes hot, hot heroes that DON'T treat women badly, which, sadly, isn't very common. Too often in erotic romance, even if the hero treats the heroine well (which isn't a given), he's left a long trail of selfish relationships/encounters that characterize him as good in bed but a terrible partner.
But like McKenna's heroes in other books, Didier doesn't tend toward misogyny. His struggles are internal, and the tension in the story lies in the unraveling of both characters' protective layers for a chance at a real connection. The result is a poignant ending that trades melodrama for emotional complexity.