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Peeper Paperback – June 2, 2015
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Jenks is a private detective. Whether he is good at it or not, we might find out by reading the book. We can discover early on that he is not a very motivated networker (487 business cards left out of 500). He has a new client who is being blackmailed with photos of an “accidental” sex tryst. Veronica had pictures taken; she wants money. Client Evans wants Jenks to find Veronica, get the photos, and solve Evan’s family problems. Sounds normal.
Before setting out, Jenks returns home to tell Kate. Throughout the novel Jenks will touch base with Kate. He touches a lot more. There is mutual base touching; the story progresses as Kate suggests increasingly more creative sex.
But, off to work. He finds Veronica using all his surveillance skills. But the job is to get the photos, so he follows her home and watches her from a strategic place outside her home. He wants to know where the photos are; that she appears in a window almost nude, then completely nude, and finally nude while going through various erotic poses, these are the strains and challenges of the job. Inevitably, they meet. His real objective, the photos is exposed, as are all the characters in the novel at one point or another. Veronica strings Jenks along in ways reminiscent of high school teenage sexual encounters.
Everybody reaches their goals eventually. Jenks gets Veronica, and Kate. Kate gets Jenks and Veronica. Photos are obtained. That all of this happens is 1) not a surprise and 2) not a spoiler.
There are surprises which make the novel fun to read. First, SJ Smith is funny and clever as he writes of the daily travails of Jenks. This is a fun book to read. Second, the smut (Smith uses the word in his author description) is tastefully done. Pun intended. It is just another sex variation described graphically, frequently, and with humor.
I am going to look for another SJ Smith book. Definitely a way to break the daily routine.
So it's refreshing to come across a book that dares to throw several genres—erotica, humor, and detective fiction—into a blender and yet still produce a tasty smoothie instead of a confused mishmash.
Peeper is the story of Adam "Jenks" Jenkins, a would-be private eye who lives and works in a sleepy North Wales village. Jenks has done little real private investigating and isn't quite sure how it works, but he isn't deterred. One day, though, a real case lands on his meagre desk. A married client is being blackmailed by woman with whom he had a tryst, and he wants Jenks to recover the photographs. In exchange, he offers to pay half the requested ransom: £25,000.
As with any good detective yarn, little here is as it first appears. Is his client who he purports to be? Is this mysterious woman villain or victim? The plot is complicated by Jenks' lusty wife Kate, who takes an increasing interest in things, especially once the woman takes an interest in her husband. Without giving any spoilers, the twists and turns in the last few chapters are enough to give you whiplash.
Jenks, Kate, and Veronica (our femme fatale) are interesting, well-drawn characters who drew me into the story. The pacing is good, picking up nicely as things develop. The sex is delightfully kinky and well-integrated into the story, as Jenks' predilections are an ongoing complication for his attempts to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Of course, when one begins mixing genres, it becomes that much harder to hit a home run with any of them. While Peeper is neither a truly gripping mystery nor a soul-stirring piece of erotica, it _is_ an entertaining story that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next, and that's really all you can ask for.
I was provided with a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
The book is written and narrated from a male's POV and I loved it. There was a sense of something new and fresh, for me. This wasn't a love story in the sense of falling deeply in love, but it was a love story nonetheless. I loved how there was no fluff built up around the sex scenes. No "as I looked into the deep blue pools of his eyes, I fell deeper under his spell as he plunged his manhood into me" type stuff. This story was raw and filthy good.
Of course, it wasn't just sex, which is probably my favorite part of the story. There was substance to the book, the sex was just a hazard of the job as the main character set out to solve a mystery brought to him from a client. Jenks, the main character, sets out to prove to himself that he is a damned good private investigator when he gets a job he can't refuse. With the help and encouragement of his wife, Jenks solves this mystery while going on the wildest ride of his life.
Do I recommend this story? Yes, I do! Before you do, forget all other smut books you've read because this is not your run of the mill smut story. This one will take you on an explicit ride that you won't forget.
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