From the back cover:
There were times Richard Martin loved his life. He had everything most men nearing middle age could want. A beautiful wife. A young son. All his hair.
He still has his hair, but not all is at it seems. His idyllic life was turned upside down when he and his family were forced to move from their home in Bristol to a small Gloucester flat because of Richard’s new job and now he finds himself beset on all sides. However, that is not the sum of his problems. When his new supervisor, a promiscuous bombshell more than ten years his junior, sets her sights on him, she is by no means subtle about her interest in him, no matter who might be watching.
But temptation comes in many forms, and Richard has recently found his eyes lingering on the woman from downstairs who babysits for them. Was it his imagination, or were her skirts getting shorter?
I received a free copy of this book by signing up for the author’s newsletter. As such, I didn’t know much about the book beyond the description on the author’s Twitter ad. I like babysitter stories and this one sounded pretty hot.
The ad was told from the babysitter’s point of view so you can imagine my surprise when the story beings with Richard at his firm’s Christmas party. We quickly learn that Richard hates being there and soon discover one of the reasons why. His supervisor, Scarlet Homes, arrives on the scene to make his life miserable. Scarlet is supermodel hot and she knows it. Watching her taunt and tease poor Richard makes me forget all about the babysitter and instead makes me wish someone would dump a bowl of punch over her perfect little head.
Then Richard’s wife shows up at the worst possible moment. The banter between Alice and Scarlet is priceless. The claws are out, but this catfight is handled through exquisite dialogue and skilled storytelling. Alice eventually gets the upper hand in a very sexy way. (You’ll need to read the story to find out, I’m not telling.) Scarlet storms off, the office breaks out in applause, and Alice drags a very humiliated Richard out of the room.
At this point, I realize this isn’t just another bang the babysitter story. This story is about real people with real problems in real situations. Richard could be any one of a dozen guys I’ve known. When we finally reach the scene between Richard and the babysitter we realize Richard isn’t looking to have sex with her. She comes on to him and, as the title suggests, he struggles with the temptation. The heat builds until he eventually succumbs (this is erotica after all) and we are given a sex scene that is best read one-handed, if you get my drift.
The only criticism I can give, and this is mostly my own fault, is that the story ends with a cliffhanger. I didn’t realize this was the first of three books, so when the story ends with Richard heading back to his apartment where a horny Alice awaits, I’m left wondering how Richard is going to explain his encounter to his wife. I want to read that scene!
Looks like I’ll be picking up book 2.
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