Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Review: Let Us Eat Cake by Destiny Moon

"I see you, Rachel Perkins. I see what you want. What you crave. Believe me, I can satisfy you. I can take you places you've never dreamed of." - Jeff

Let Us Eat Cake
Author: Destiny Moon
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: September 6, 2015
Source: publisher for review

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Busy and cynical Rachel could not have expected to run into her old school crush at the grocery store, much less imagined what he has in mind for her.

University undergrad Rachel Perkins has given up on dating. She’s busy with classes and a job. One night she goes out grocery shopping in the middle of the Michigan winter. At the store she runs into a guy with whom she had a brief romance in high school. It doesn’t take long for the old sparks to start flying again, and Rachel can’t decide what to do.

When she follows her heart to Jeff’s place, she learns that he seems quite different from her, particularly when it comes to desires—or is he? His revelation that he is into dominance both frightens and excites her. She has fantasized about being submissive under the right circumstances but never expected those circumstances to pan out. When Jeff offers her an opportunity to explore, she wants to take it.

However, when her own fears kick in, Rachel must grapple with her sexual identity. Does she have the power to give up control? Jeff is confident that he can give her what she needs, but that’s a tall order when she herself is unsure what that is.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of breast play, light bondage and public sex.

Ah, the curious case of Let Us Eat Cake. No joke, I originally read it AND had the blog post set up back in 2015. Why I didn't review it then is beyond me. But alas, here I am today finally reviewing it for you.

A little back story before I jump into my review. I had a small bout of sleeplessness one night and decided to give Let Us Eat Cake another go. I thought that I'd be in the clear. I can't sleep and it's a novella... Win/win scenario... Right? Nope! I got whacked in the face by my Kindle with just over half of the novella left. Ouch! So I turned off the evil Beast (aka my Kindle) for the night and finished it the following morning.

After reading Let Us Eat Cake for the second time, I really wanted it to be longer. Not because it felt rushed or there were pieces of the story that were missing. I wanted to spend a bit more time with Rachel and Jeff as they build their budding relationship. Jeff was bringing a new level of sexuality out of Rachel and that's something I typically love in an erotic romance. Plus relationships like this should have a bit more page space for exploration. Other than that, I enjoyed this quick and sexy novella. The writing was fun and sexy as hell. This was my 2nd novella from this author and now I'm on the hunt for more.

Excerpt from Totally Bound

 Blasted with heat upon entering the store, I hurried to take my scarf off and open my parka so I wouldn’t start sweating. Basket in hand, I picked out carrots, potatoes and onions for the soup, then went to the frozen foods section for cake.

Thinking about the essay I still needed to finish that night, I stood mesmerized in front of the cheesecakes and pies. I hadn’t been prepared for the vastness of the aisle, the magnitude of possibilities.

“What are you going to choose?”

Jolted back to reality, I looked toward the source of the question. It was Jeff from my old high school, sporting a friendly and confident smile. I hadn’t seen him in years and here he was, looking just as drool-worthy as he had back then.

“Huh?” Get it together! I hugged him, and tried to recover from my awkwardness. “Jeff!”

“Rachel,” he said. “What dessert are you going to choose? What’s your favorite?”

It was just like him to be so casual. It had been ages since we’d last seen each other. I was self-conscious that he’d caught me without any makeup or anything and he looked like he had come straight from a job downtown.

“Uh.” I tried my best to pull it together. I had not considered, even remotely, that I would see the big crush of my teen years while out dressed as the Abominable Snowman. “It’s for my roommate, actually.”

“What does she like?”

“She said to bring home some kind of frozen chocolate cake.”

“In January?”

I laughed. “That’s what I said. She’s crazy, right?”

“Sounds like it, I’m afraid.”

“I don’t even want to open the freezer door.”

“Smart of you. Besides, if you want a good chocolate cake, this is not the place. Follow me.”

Romance heroines have saved my sanity numerous times through break-ups and life changes. I find escaping into a romance both soothing and revitalizing—and even better when there are some steamy scenes to tantalize the imagination.

For most of my adult life, I’ve concentrated on carving out a serious career, but a number of love-hungry, sassy characters keep taking over my mind, insisting that I daydream, live vicariously through them and tell their stories. Watching these women emerge on the page gives me a different sort of satisfaction than I get from my day job. It is a joy to share them with readers.

I live in a tiny apartment in a crowded city and I like to think there is something romantic about this. I did manage to find my soul mate here.

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