Publisher: Spice (Harlequin)
Publish Date: July 19, 2011
Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Erotica
Synopsis: “Tell me every dirty detail…”
Jo Hutchinson is obsessed with a man she’s never seen—only heard. Her late–night calls from the office to the mysterious “Mr. D.” grow increasingly intimate, until they finally become full–blown phone sex. Still, Jo doesn’t dare meet him. Instead, she embarks on a series of sizzling sexual escapades with other guys, sharing every sweaty moment with Mr. D. afterward, a passion–by–proxy arrangement they both get off on. But even as she’s charting brave new naughty worlds, Jo knows that it’s all really for Mr. D. Every pleasure she experiences—eagerly, athletically, vocally—is to please him.
Immersed in fantasy, reality just slips away—even the chance at that elusive combination of love and lust. Her new tenant, Patrick, an Irish hunk in geek’s clothing, is totally into her. And in her lucid moments, Jo knows she feels the same. Can she tear herself away from her kinky dreamworld long enough to appreciate what’s right in front of her? Or has Mr. D. ruined her for real life?
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
There was something about the cover and the synopsis that had me looking forward to this read. After reading a certain amount of another genre, I was ready for a romance.
While the story of Jo, Patrick, and Mr. D were great in theory, I felt there was something with the progression that had me longing for more. I could relate to Jo, and who she was as a person, but I could not relate to how infatuated she was with someone she never met or didn’t completely know. That could just be me and who I am, and not necessarily about the writer and the character she has created.
The story’s pacing though. Things were too intense in the short amount of time that they were happening in. To me, it felt like I was playing catch up with what was going on, with my emotions right behind me. I yearned for Patrick and I hated Mr. D. But most of all, I sympathized with Jo and her struggles to find out who she was.
Also, what did her miscarriage have anything to do with the story? It was thrown in there, but I didn’t feel the natural connection to the story or where the characters were in that point of the story.
The scenes were great, but after that I ended up skimming to the steamy parts.