- File Size: 495 KB
- Print Length: 225 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B072FQJ9MJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,072 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Following Temptation Kindle Edition
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This is apparently the first of several novellas about this suburban community. The shared setting could be enjoyable or a feels-forced artifice that ends up being more fun for Wright's cadre of writers than for us as readers. But in this first entry, Wright's community seems a promising hotbed of secrets with lots of bedrooms and poolside to explore.
I don't think this is one the same level as the author's other books, but it is still far better than most of the other books of this genre.
This story has hardly started when we find ourselves in a two-person voyeur situation. Is there even a word for that? It takes a while, but we eventually have two wives thinking about the same "other man". Not to mention about each other! And so on. One thing that Kenny Wright himself seems to enjoy about this story is that it takes place in a place called Kingston, which is not only the setting for some other stories, but stories by a different author, Kirsten McCurran. Surprisingly, he doesn't mention in his commentary that one of his short stories, The Agent and the Flight Attendant, goes even further with this idea, with two other stories (by other authors) in the same collection taking place at the same party!
But not all of the power of Following Temptation involves new plot points. Many stories in this genre have fun with seeing how slowly we can draw out the process of moving from "just a fantasy" to seriously considering doing something. But I'm not sure I've ever seen this done so well (i.e., excruciatingly slowly) as in the present story. It's almost as if she's not so sure herself that she has even crossed that magical line.
The final thing that I think sets this story apart involves what is probably a personal bias. I'm always intrigued with the decision the author makes, usually without comment, as to whether the "other man" does or does not know of the husband's complicity. Confession: I always find myself wanting him to know, or at least to find out at the end. It seems to me that this issue is magnified in this story, in a couple of ways. First, a point is made that a certain husband knows, but that the other guy "doesn't know that he knows". I wonder why the emphasis. A couple of the characters may be suggesting an answer: As long as our "bull" doesn't know, it follows that he believes that the wife is cheating. Does this make him sufficiently negative as to be less of a threat to the marriage? In any case, it seems that we very rarely see the author taking advantage of the strong dramatic potential for the moment in which the other guy realizes that the husband has been in on it all along. In fact, I can only think of one example: The two-part story The Houseguest and Natalie's Seduction, by Arnica Butler (the first thing I ever read in this genre). At several points in Following Temptation, I thought we were right on the verge of encountering such a moment. So why the reluctance? Are we afraid of hurting his feelings? Considering the ethical territory he (believes he has) knowingly entered, I for one have a hard time feeling sorry for him.
Oh, and the sex us smouldering. The slow build-up of the wife's curiosity is perfectly paced, and the release is oh so satisfying.
I usually finish one of Kenny's novels in 2-3 days since you can't put it down. This one was no exception.