Friday, 13 January 2012

Book review: Forever in Lingerie by Gina Gordon

Title: Forever in Lingerie
Author: Gina Gordon
Series: Book #1 in the Bare Naked Designs
Release Date: 22 November 2010
Publisher: Lyrical Press Inc.
Source: review copy provided by author
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon

Grade: 2.5 stars

Novellus malus!
Goodreads appetizer: How far would you go to hold on to forever?

Martina Jackson spent the last two years running from her past. Through the practice of Holistic Medicine she has meticulously transformed into a self-fulfilled woman, with one tiny exception . . . hot, steamy sex with no strings.

While she waits for the job offer of a lifetime, why not quench her sexual desires with an eager man willing to push her to the limit? What she doesn't plan for is, the fling is exactly what she's been running from.

Rob Taylor has been waiting his whole life to find the woman he can call forever. He didn't expect to find her in his parents' living room wearing nothing but white lace and stockings. When he overhears her discussing her secret sexual fantasies, Rob decides to give her what she's been missing.

As they play out each fantasy he connects with Martina on a deeper level, confirming what he knew the very first moment he heard her voice . . . that she is the one he's been waiting for.

This review was originally posted at The Forbidden Bookshelf.

My Thoughts: Forever in Lingerie is the first story in Gina Gordon's Bare Naked Designs, a series where each novella is centered around a piece of lingerie, as told in Gina Gordon's own words:

I love lingerie. The combination of soft fabrics intricately pieced together creates a garment that has the ability to make a woman feel beautiful and sexually confident. When a woman wears lingerie, she transforms into a woman who can do anything, be anything, and get any man she wants.

With this premise my curiosity was piqued because I completely agree with Gina Gordon's thoughts: I find it amazing how a scrap of flimsy material can give courage, confidence to a woman and make her feel sexy, desirable and playful.

This novella started out superbly: Martina (our heroine) is spending an evening with her two best girl friends, modelling her friend's creation while drinking cocktails and talking about boys and sex. She is just sharing her sexual fantasies when Carrie's brother, Rob and his friend Aleks arrive home and hear her confession, which of course sparks their interest in her.

I really liked the characters, even the supporting cast was great to read about (and I can't wait to read their own story, especially Aleks and Carrie's, I bet theirs will be an explosive one!). But back to the hero and heroine: Rob is a genuine and nice guy, Gina Gordon made him a three-dimensional flesh and blood romance hero. Though Martina started out as an interesting character as well, unfortunately the way she acted at the end to make the happy resolution of their fight happen disappointed me, but I'll get back to this later.

Forever in Lingerie is more an erotic romance than erotica: though their are plenty of spicy scenes, it is Martina and Rob's romantic relationship which is in the center of the novella, which is perfectly fine if you are looking for a steamy romance.

My main problem with this novella was that it had my major pet peeve, namely that the H/H start talking love, soul mates and forever after only knowing each other for a very short time (a couple of hours in this case!) and jumping to love right after having sex. Which let's be honest is quite unreal, especially if it is the man who starts thinking about forever after spending a few hours making out with a complete stranger. Which is exactly what happened in Forever in Lingerie, some of Rob's thoughts on the very night he met Martina and spent a couple of hours in the dark with her:

It was true. They did just meet. But something about her screamed comfortable and perfect. Something about her screamed...forever
... explore the unspoken connection he felt toward her. For the first time he felt forever.

I'm all for having the H/H develop feelings for each other, but please, how can you feel a deep connection with someone you just met a couple of hours ago when you even spent those hours not awake and talking?! Then he knows, he is sure that he is irrevocably in love with Martina after two days?! Yes you read that right, after TWO days, which he didn't even spend with the heroine.

Verdict: Forever in Lingerie is a very quick read, one you might enjoy while reading but one that will not stay with you after turning the last page. The erotic part is hot, but unfortunately the romance part was not much to my liking. I prefer to have my romances a bit more realistic than having the hero moon-eyed and lovestruck after a merely two days. The conclusion of the romantic conflict was clichéd and sadly ruined my opinion of the heroine. Though Forever in Lingerie was not really for me I'm still curious to read Aleks and Carrie's story, because Gina Gordon managed to arouse my curiosity when it comes to them.

I very much appreciated the humour in Forever in Lingerie, and I'll leave you with one of my favourite lines when Martina is leaving to meet Rob and asks her friends:
(Martina) turned toward her friend. “How do I look?”
“Like a woman who is minutes away from agreeing to the best sexual escapade of her life.”
“Come on, Amie.”
“Face--flawless. Hair--commercial quality. Boobs--secure. Ass--never looked better.”

Plot: 6/10
Characters: 7/10
Writing: 7/10
Ending: 5/10
Cover: 9/10 

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