I can't say I've read any books with a premise like the one in TAINT, by S. L. Jennings. Original to start with, and then some.
My opinion of TAINT
The premise is downright naughty and provocative, but the actual story reads as a nice, sweet romance. Told entirely from a man's perspective, it's the tale of a hard trainer of women who lack sex-appeal to keep their husbands from straying to other women's attentions. His harsh, erotic game is put to the test when one of his clients proves to be so endearing and tempting that he starts breaking his rules... in earnest.
The training sessions at the secret resort Justice Drake runs are quite entertaining. There's not much physical contact between the main characters but some arousing moments do shine. It's even better this way because that makes their growing attachment more meaningful.
As the story progresses, the lessons become more brazen and funny, and the romance starts shining through. Justice Drake may be a hard, brutal and selfish man, but his relationship with Ally is so sweet, so real, and beautifully described by the author as he develops feelings of all kinds for a woman he doesn't believe he deserves. It's impossible, stupid, and it shows in his denial of it. I really liked how they connect, the jokes, the friendship. Then, the eroticism that makes your blood sing. That happens too ;o)
Even though he's callous at times and his past is more than questionable, I fell in love with how Justice falls in love with Ally. The author describes his feelings and thoughts, his irresistible need to find a woman who can love him, in a passionate way that really moved me. It's a long while till the characters reach a physical moment together, but it's so worth it!
Their love is impossible. A rich married woman with social obligations and one mercenary stranger who knows secrets and knows secrets. Ah, what secrets they are! An explosive plot twist shatters everything at the end, full of hatred, surprises and deep, wild emotions. I loved it all. I won't tell you if there is a happy ending though. It was fantastic, that's for sure. However, I'd have added a longer chapter to those final moments. Nevertheless, it was such an original, poetic and funny story that I'm now eager to read Heidi's unconventional novel next.
A Sexual Education Novel
By: S.L. Jennings
Print Release: February 24th, 2015
Avon/William Morrow Books
Right now, you’re probably asking yourself two things:
Who am I?
And, what the hell are you doing here?
Let’s start with the most obvious question, shall we?
You’re here, ladies, because you can’t f*ck.
Oh, stop it. Don’t cringe. No one under the age of 80 clutches their pearls.
You might as well get used to it, because for the next six weeks, you’re going to hear that word a lot. And you’re going to say it a lot.
Go ahead, try it out on your tongue.
Ok, good. Now where were we?
If you enrolled yourself in this program then you are wholly aware that you’re a lousy lay. Good for you. Admitting it is half the battle.
For those of you that have been sent here by your husband or significant other, dry your tears and get over it. You’ve been given a gift, ladies. The gift of mind-blowing, wall-climbing, multiple-orgasm-inducing sex. You have the opportunity to f*ck like a porn star. And I guarantee, you will when I’m done with you.
And who am I?
Well, for the next six weeks, I will be your lover, your teacher, your best friend, and your worst enemy. Your every-f*cking-thing. I’m the one who is going to save your relationship and your sex life.
I am Justice Drake.
And I turn housewives into whores.
ABOUT THE MASTERMIND
S.L. Jennings is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance, reality TV junkie, obsessive coffee drinker and collector of crazy.
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