Sexual Exploration

3312f290efe2e7a761542a2fca06d519The Beginning (Dirty White Candy #1)

By: Anita Cox

Pages : 184

Heat Level : 4 FLAMES (Erotic Steamy)

Rating: 2 STARS

Reviewed by: Kristin Arpin

Candy Kavana, a shy and inexperienced divorcee, attends her friend’s surprising adult toy party. Volunteers for demonstrations? In any case, Candy goes from blushing and not knowing what she doesn’t know to picking up guys in bars to bring home and have sex with in a few short weeks. Based on the title I believe this is the first novel in a series. There is no cliff hanger and no hint that the story is unfinished. I really enjoyed the interactions with the guy she brings home from the bar who happens to be her neighbour. This is the only character that there was any real chemistry with or attraction to. He sounded like a great guy. Patient, kind, attentive, interested in the whole package including friendship. But she isn’t ready to settle down and so she makes it very clear to him she is seeing others. However, I just wanted her to focus on her relationship or friendship with her neighbour.

What I did not like about this novel is that it really did not fit the definition of a romance. Other than a couple scenes with Candy’s neighbour, there was no romance in this novel. Not only was there no happily ever after, there wasn’t even a hint that once was coming or being developed in a later book in the series. There is a lot of sex in this book including ménage, solo sex, and voyeurism but it lacks that emotional chemistry who can only get when there is some sort of hint of future encounters. Possibly I might have liked this better if I read this expecting something other than a romance.

BLURB:

Watch what happens when a recently divorced and sexually repressed thirty-something woman transforms from vapid novice to bombshell maven in The Beginning. Going bravely where she’s never gone before, Candy Kavana is about to take the first steps towards her new life in Book 1 of Anita Cox’s intensely passionate and entertaining series, Dirty White Candy. Traded in for a younger, newer model by the only man she’s ever made love to, thirty-something Candy Kavana finds herself craving human interaction of the carnal nature. Shy and sexually repressed, Candy turns to her best friend, Stacy, for advice. And what advice it is! Candy nervously dives into sex therapy and what she discovers is more than mind-blowing sex. She discovers a side of herself she never dreamed existed. Now that she’s whet her whistle, she can’t get enough. Just how far is Candy willing to take her sexual exploration?

Content Notes: Intense, Light BDSM, Ménage, D/S Elements, Polyamory, Contemporary

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