Smuttybooklady Wet Panty Rating: 3
Author: Selena Moore
Pages: 40 (This is a short)
Published: Feb 14, 2021
Review: Part of reading is learning things about yourself in addition to learning the things you read about. Ya’ll know I don’t like HEA books, but I’ve learned that it really doesn’t bother me with shorts as much as when it’s a full length novel that dedicates 100 pages to a happily-ever-after. There’s nothing worse than when a character introduced as a “bad boy alpha male” suddenly starts becoming a beta in some books. If you’re going to have an alpha romance, have an alpha romance.
But I digress.
So there’s a HEA on this one. Not bothersome for the women (and men) that don’t like an HEA, because it’s only a few pages. Shorts should be one of two things though. They either need to be devoted to love or devoted to sheer dirty fucking. It’s hard to do both, but I think Selena Moore does this pretty well.
Let’s start at the beginning on this one. Ms. Moore really sets up what is normally called the “cute meet” in romance movies and books. We can almost picture, visually, what the art gallery looks like and a lot of the interaction. She does a great job of letting us visualize the characters of Jenny, Brad and even Jenny’s friend Karen. We visualize her apartment, her life sitting at home alone at night, etc. I mention this because this kind of stuff is often sacrificed on the alter of romance shorts.
For this one, the writing and detail at the beginning were so good, I had to actually check to make sure this was a debut. I mean, the beginning and set up is ON POINT and it seemed to have the flow of an experienced author.
All to often, shorts don’t allow us the sensory experience or what I would call the “sensory trifecta” in a romance. You need three things to truly knock a lot of reader’s socks off in a sex scene: Visual, Auditory and Tactile. We need to SEE the sex happen (in our minds.) We need to HEAR the sex happen (in our minds.) We need to FEEL the sex happen (in our minds…or with hands/whatever you have handy. I don’t judge.) Hell, make me smell it and taste it on top of this.
In this book, we have great visual stimulation. We have great auditory. Brad does a bit of dirty talk, and that can get the auditory readers going. Going into the sex scenes, we have a good sexual tension between the two main characters. The only reason this isn’t a 5 star for me is because I would have liked to see it expanded a bit longer so we could FEEL the sex. (Even though, this IS A SHORT so I feel like the sensory of auditory and visual is enough.) The author is very good at detail, and it kind of felt like she held back on those scenes a bit. In a perfect world, I really wanted to know what Jenny FELT when she tried anal for the first time. So that’s part of why I wished the sex scenes were longer.
This book is an original idea with the art and the painting concept. It has a really strong start. The point I’m trying to make is that I think this book could have even been a full length novel if the author would have even given us a bit longer sex scenes and drawn out the sexual tension. I can forgive this though because there’s only so much you can cram in to shorts.
Nutshell: I’d read this author again. I really wanted it to be longer because I think she had a good concept and good execution, and I wish she would have capitalized on that by giving us even more in the sex scenes.