The Story of Rachel
Rachel Collins is praying. And not for world peace. Thirty six years old and single, her prayer is self-centered. "Kill me now, Lord," she pleads during her latest attempt to meet Mr. Right via the internet.
She’s not hoping for a billionaire or even a millionaire, just a guy who can strike a spark to her tinder! Is she asking too much? She's a great gal! Just ask her parents! She might be a bit naive about some things, but capable enough- she's a correspondent for a major magazine, after all. So there!
On assignment she meets Michael, 42 years old, also a writer. The attraction is immediate and intense. Rachel, who sees vanilla as only a baking ingredient, enchants him. Michael can whip up some pretty hot delights himself, outside of the kitchen. He introduces a curious Rachel to powerful experiences of sensuality. Her Ladylike sense of propriety engages in a running battle with her now sparked Tinderbox desires.
Michael is an excellent cook and knows how to turn up the heat. Sampling the flavors offered, Rachel experiences humorous hiccups. On a date, Michael ramps up the risqué, resulting in a memorable skirt swirling salsa dance. Rachel's "What the hell, I ain't getting any younger" attitude spurs Michael to take her to the exclusive, adults only club Pandora's. Here, Rachel witnesses even more variations of earthly delights, and begins a lifelong friendship with another guest.
Michael is a realist, convinced that within 90 days, his affair with Rachel will be but another painful memory of loss. He is neither willing nor able to yell 'Geronimo' and fall for her. He can't, and that's that.
Maybe he should just get a damn dog.
This modern, urban, grown up love story is a recipe –three cups romance and one cup of slapdash humor. Blend in spices of eroticism, and beat until smooth.
Rachel Collins has had enough with blind dates. She's done it all, fix ups and dating services. All she's gotten is great stories of bad dates. Not one guy has caught her interest let alone give her tingles. That is until she is sent on assignment to review an erotic art show. While she's looking at a particularly interesting, disturbing maybe, painting a man strikes up a conversation with her. They begin to banter back and forth and she is immediately attacked by the tingles. She finds herself dipping in the world of BDSM and it's not nearly as disturbing as she assumed it would be. Quite the contrary, actually.
Michael Evans can not believe his luck. He's met a beautiful woman that is willing to give his interests a try. She's smart, funny, trusting, everything he would want in a woman if he was ever looking for anything permanent. But, he's not. Everyone knows that nothing lasts forever and he doesn't intend to stick around and give anyone else the chance to leave him. His mom and sister taught him that a woman will leave you and not look back no matter how much you love them. Unfortunately, his heart doesn't share his philosophy when it comes to Rachel. Now, his brain just needs to catch up.
This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to be slowly immersed into the BDSM lifestyle. Not only was it a friendlier version, but since Rachel was such an innocent Michael explains a lot.
The tinderbox references in the book got old, but it wasn't too distracting. Overall, I enjoyed the writing, the characters and the story. I believe I will be checking out the next books in this series.
I would like to thank K.D. Mclean for the loan of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Hotness Rating 5 out of 5