Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Review of Xondra Day's "Our Dirty Little Secret"

Author: Xondra Day
Title: Our Dirty Little Secret
Length: Novella

Author's Blurb

Ann Hunter is a woman on the edge. She's just turned forty, and while her marriage to her handsome and attentive husband, Jeff, is stellar, she can't help but daydream about the new hunky next-door neighbor, Mike Monroe. Little does she know her husband is experiencing similar feelings but can't bring himself to let them be known, until a secret kiss forces him to face something he has hidden deep inside for years.

Mike never expected this turn of events when he moved into the neighborhood, yet all he can think about is Jeff, the man of his dreams. There is only one problem—Jeff is married.

When an opportunity comes up for an unplanned holiday weekend at the lake, all three are eager to partake. Things happen, secrets are revealed, and boundaries are broken as all three venture into unexplored, forbidden territory.

Note: This book contains double vaginal penetration.

What I Thought
The positive points:

The writing was smooth and even, the overall pacing good. Despite its novella length, Our Dirty Little Secret fully developed the three main characters. Ann, in particular, was believable as the forty-year-old woman whose sexual desires are in overdrive. The sex scenes between Jeff and Ann were descriptive and vivid. The menage scene was sufficiently different from the earlier scenes of M/M and M/F sex to hold interest to the end.

The negative points:
Oddly, for a novella, the most negative aspect of Our Dirty Little Secret was an unnecessary addition concerning Ann's sister's marriage. Despite the clearly intended contrast between Ann's sister's marriage – falling apart due to the husband's cheating – and Ann's, there was insufficient connection to the meat of the story. Either the sister's marriage should have come more to the fore, becoming important to the story, or it should have been cut altogether. As it stands, the whole subplot jars. The other drawback was the suddenness of Ann's change from fury to arousal upon the discovery of her husband with another man. It is a possible reaction, but the description, particularly given Ann's earlier feelings about her sister's adulterous husband, did not do justice to Ann's changing feelings.

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