Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book Review: 'Lovely' by Elizabeth SaFleur

Author Elizabeth SaFleur has the experience of serving as a public relations practitioner to Washington, DC clients for thirty years. Now she is a successful writer of erotic erotica romance and uses the moniker Elizabeth SaFleur `since her former business clients might be shocked at her new career choice.' LOVELY is Book 1 in a series she calls `Elite Doms of Washington' and it sizzles in what promises to be a very popular ongoing saga.

Elizabeth's obvious familiarity with the city of Washington DC is apparent from page one, and as we move briskly through this fascinating story, it is equally apparent that she is imbued with both a familiarity with the social life, the government types, and the shenanigans that only occasionally creep into the media. But back to the flavor established on page one: `The Jefferson Suite had a reputation. Everyone said so. Christiana Snow watched Henrick, the sous-chef, slip a red rose into the silver bud vase on the room service tray she'd been tasked to deliver. "There are some naughty stories about the guests that stay in that suite." He winked. "Let me take you to dinner, and I'll tell you all about it." She turned her back on Henrick's smirk-- and his eyes that never seemed to travel farther north than her neck. Since the day Christiana started working at The Oak she'd fought the desire to bend her knees to force his gaze to her face. It would only give him the wrong idea. Instead she threw back two ibuprofens with her milk and then set the glass into a nearby bin of dirty dishes. Gossip made her head hurt. She felt Henrick's eyes travel her body as she pushed the room service cart into the elevator. "For a reporter's daughter, you aren't very curious," he called after her. Curiosity wasn't the issue. The Oak, which stood mere blocks from the White House, attracted politicians and paparazzi-- and dozens of men, sporting earbuds attached to wires disappearing into their dark suits, sent to watch them both. It took real concentration to ignore the stories that the hotel's staff collected like trophies.'

Elizabeth offers a synopsis at the beginning of her book: `Congressman Jonathan Brond has mastered his work, his reputation and the art of sexual domination while keeping his family's political legacy intact. But a chance encounter with college student Christiana Snow promises something he didn't think was possible- meeting someone honest. When the charismatic man proposes a summer of sensual, sexual submission, Christiana leaps into his world-- the antidote to her bland life. But Washington, D.C. is an unforgiving place; soon gossip and scandal threatens their relationship. Yet, in a town of players, sometimes introducing a new game is the only way out. Who knew love would be the winning plan?'

Just the right mix of character development to make the steamy erotic scenes of BDSM peak, and Elizabeth writes these encounters with vivid reality. She knows what she is about, and given her extensive background in DC she adds to that a real talent for excellent writing. Grady Harp, July 15

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