Review: Raspberries and Wine by Ayla Ruse

March 18, 2014 Review 0

Review: Raspberries and Wine by Ayla Ruse

When Stacy opens her door on Valentine’s Day, it’s not to the man she expected, but to the man who’ll give her what she needs.
It’s Valentine’s day and newly liberated divorcee Stacy Dalton has a plan: seduce her former classmate and end the post-divorce intimacy drought. She’s cooked a meal, she’s dressed to the nines, and she is crossing her fingers that tonight she will not go to bed alone. There is a slight hiccup in the plan when it’s not her former classmate that shows up with an easy smile and a hungry look--but his drop-dead gorgeous son.

Twenty-nine year old Graham Rosen has always been attracted to older women. So making last-minute plans to take out his father’s cancelled date seems an effortless and enjoyable task--especially when he sees the sable-haired beauty who opens the door. Unfortunately, Stacy seems hung up on their age. Even after giving in to Graham’s erotic attentions, the beautiful cook refuses to acknowledge any possible future to their relationship.

Some women need a strong man--with an even stronger hand. Graham is no mere boy to shy away from a challenge and he is more than willing to show Stacy he’s serious about his desire for her beyond just one lustful night. But will his erotic discipline succeed in dissolving Stacy’s hesitations and bring her closer to him? Or will it scare her away?

Title: Raspberries and Wine
Author: Ayla Ruse
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: 3 January 2014
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 54
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: three-flames

An older-woman younger man story that started when the son of the man that was to come for dinner at Stacy’s arrives in his place.  A fairly odd set up for a story yet it did provide some interesting conversation that provided some background to understand Stacy and her reticence in allowing Graham into her life.

Alternating between some truly trite and more than naïve for her age responses with the wholly womanly reactions one would expect, the action was expected and almost clichéd in the story.  Another story that takes the idea of BDSM in a non-threatening way that will be daring for readers that are deciding if the genre is for them, but no real pushing of the envelope beyond the dreamy fantasy.  While the sexual action is hot, there is little connection to bring the reader into the story to feel the heat, so it is with a voyeuristic eye that one appreciates the action. A short story, the characters arrived, were built and the action proceeds with some integral pieces just not quite fitting together to make this short sing.

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