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Dangerous Pleasures Paperback – February 1, 2011
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I was left wanting more Mayson and Renee :( We get to read and enjoy their intimacy as friends but I wouldve like to have seen their romantic relationship flourish more. The end of the book seems a little abrupt and had more of what I was craving from this read. A little more insight to Renee's character would've rounded her out better. She had been with a woman before. Maybe one of her encounters could've been with a woman and not the young lesbian she ended up turning down. Even after that scene, some reflection or backflash to her college affair and some kind of mental struggle over Mayson could've easily fit in there giving a little more depth to Renee's journey.
In the end, I still love it. I just skipped some pages here and there with Renee. "But with Mayson's soft breath against her cheek, the beloved shape against hers, desire and love, lust and adoration clicked cleanly together. These elements mingled together into a bright flame that illuminated Mayson, her beloved, the woman she wanted to be her lover, for the first time" That is good stuff :)
First, the good:
1) Most women will relate to the heroine, Annie, and her struggles involving money and family. After all, who hasn't worried about how to pay for their children's college, missing work because of a vomiting child or dealing with their own aging parents?
2) I found it refreshing that Annie was in her mid-40s and a size 16 (although she later slims down to a size 12). Congrats to Ms. Small for incorporating such a realistic character. No matter our size or age, we can still be desirable and sexy.
3) The Channel. Until some brilliant woman actually invents a way to allow us to star in and control our very own porn movie, I enjoy the experience vicariously through Small's characters.
1) All too familiar sex scenes. She's seriously running out of ideas.
2) Mr. Nicholas. Small's loyal readers already know it's going to end badly when he's involved. I sincerely hope she incorporates The Channel in upcoming novels, but please leave the devilish Mr. Nicholas out it.
3) Annie has sexual relationships with her male assistant and 2 other underlings, both at work and elsewhere. This is professional suicide and I speak as a woman/mother/wife who works full time. Simply cringeworthy.
4) The whole "I'm doing it for my kids" mantra. At the beginning, Annie is a stay-at-home mom to her 5 kids, 4 of whom still live at home. Within a year of Annie starting work, her children have a full-time nannie who is virtually raising them while their mother often spends the night at her work apartment having 3-ways. How exactly is playing with and casually discarding her boy-toys helping her kids?
Started promising, but I didn't even care what happened to Annie because she was virtually unrecognizable by the middle of the book.