Stanford law graduate Kate Dawson is focused on the future laid out for her—partnership in her family’s law firm and marriage. When she moves to a cabin in the Santa Cruz Mountains to study for the bar exam, crossing paths with her intriguing neighbor leads to a journey of sexual awakening and self-discovery that wasn’t part of the plan.
Landscaper and handsome butch top Chris Brent has a well-deserved reputation as a considerate lover. Avoiding relationships with all their emotional messiness, she indulges in her favorite pastime at sex parties and with casual lovers. She enthusiastically agrees to initiate her cute neighbor to ways of sexual pleasure.
Sex was the deal. Falling in love ruins everything. Or does it?
I originally read this novel earlier in the year and decided it was due for a reread and I for second time I wasn’t disappointed. This was the first novel that I read by Julie Blair and I really enjoyed it. It was written well and even though at some points I felt it dragged a bit I still enjoyed the story and the characters left me intrigued enough to keep turning the page. The characters were strong with solid personalities that help me to engage more in the story.
Kate knows the road she’s on is the right one for her and her family but after she has a health scare her priorities shift. When she moves to her Grandmothers Cabin for some rest, she meets Chris, whom she never expected to be attracted to. By changing the course of her future by testing the ground of the attraction will everything she has always strived be lost? When Chris first see’s Kate she is instantly attracted to her but number one Kate is straight and two Chris doesn’t do relationships but she can’t seem to stop thinking about the girl next door.
This was the first book I read with BDSM and because of this I have been drawn into another genre of Lesbian Romance and erotic novels since. It opened my eyes to other sides of sex and eroticism without being to hardcore. The way Chris eases Kate on her journey to sex and BDSM I felt like I was part of the journey and I learned a lot about the topic through Julie Blair’s explanation.
This will definitely not be the last book I read by Julie Blair. 4 Stars.
Quote of the book:
“Like a great book, we need a tantalizing opening. Undress me.”
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