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Though it’s set in the 1920s, a pre-noir era, there are some definite noirish elements that emerge in the book. The mysterious Mrs. Ariel Trumont Pennybaker is up to something, despite her outwardly wholesome appearance as a former Hello Girl (a telephone operator and translator during WWI) and current-day benefactor of war veterans. Her husband is deceased – though we never quite discover what happened to the man – and she’s got a cache of booze in her basement. What kind of secrets is she really hiding?
I didn’t want to peg Mrs. Pennybaker as just a no-good dame, nor a femme fatale out to bring men to ruin, but there’s some hinting at both archetypes throughout the story. Her satin panties, however, give her away every time. This woman’s got class – and an ass that won’t quit!
As for the sex scenes, hold onto your flapper fringe! Though I wasn’t crazy about some of the language used to describe Ariel’s erotic encounters (the word "muff" in particular seemed to come up so frequently, in terms of men manhandling the merchandise, that I wondered if she wasn’t wearing a merkin!), I loved watching a seemingly prim and proper gal from the Roaring Twenties getting down and dirty with two very different suitors.
Will we hear more from the mysterious Mrs. Pennybaker? It seems like her story isn’t quite finished yet. After all, there are plenty more happy endings to be had from her saucy flyboy, even if she’s already seen his cockpit.
All in all, this book is a fun, sexy romp through the 1920s that’ll have you singing the blues once the story ends.
For Ariel Pennybaker, her time in morning her deceased husband is coming to an end. She's beyond ready to move on and get back in the game.
Continuing her husband's legacy of taking in the returning injured soldiers , she has a chance meeting with one man that is causing some dirty, delicious thoughts to run through her mind. But what will Ariel do when a second gorgeous man walks into her life...
Two men are always better than one...
I loved the descriptions and the feeling of actually being in the Roaring 20's.
*****I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.*****
Cutting Muse Blog Review
Right away I was surrounded by the 20s. Nothing overdone, but just enough to let you know you were in another place and another time. A few well chosen words and descriptions set up each scene. I could easily picture the dress, the rooms, and everything about the story.
A woman ahead of her time, Ariel—Mrs. Pennybaker—is a widow. And that story in itself was pretty interesting, but I won’t give anything away. Then there was Nicky and Jon. Two hero-types that had me guessing, changing my mind a few times, about who she’d end up with. Or would she have them both, or none at all? I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out! Throw in a few tantalizing love scenes, an unraveling mystery and I was hooked.
I thought it was interesting that Ariel was part of the Hello Girls from World War One—and how that blip in time molded so much of her future life, as well as centered on the mystery happening for her now.
This was a quick read with interesting characters that I thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you Ms. Fraser for making my limited reading time memorable.