Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Book Review: 'Tell Me Something' by Aubrey Bondurant

East Coast author Aubrey Bondurant, having spent a successful career in the military, now devotes her full attention to writing. She makes her debut with TELL ME SOMETHING, and erotic romance novel that seems likely to place her in the ranks of best selling chick lit writers - a very enviable position in the book selling business. Reading her postings on the various sites suggests that Aubrey has a love affair with life with a healthy dose of humor and a keen sense of how to arrive at her destination. For instance she describes her life as living on the East Coast with her husband and boys and a particular affinity for `big drooly dogs and a great margarita!'

Aubrey has found the open window to scribing romance novels that are more than just a production set for erotica (although she manages to write steamy erotica very well indeed!). In TELL ME SOMETHING (the first book in a series she calls the `Something Series'...) she underscores an insight into the world of advertising and modeling and creating characters not only by pleasurable appearance descriptions (!) but by motivations and those aspects of reality decision making that influence the way we respond.

Aubrey offers a terse synopsis of the plot: `Haylee Holloway has experienced more grief than a twenty-two year old should have to endure. When she moves to LA for a fresh start and takes a job as an assistant for an advertising company the last thing she expects is to have to step in last minute during a photo shoot as the model. Her bikini line and weight are suddenly open topics of discussion, and a client's million dollar campaign is hanging in the balance. To cap it off, the multi-millionaire, gorgeous owner of the company shows up and takes charge. Josh Singer, the owner of Gamble Advertising is private, intense, and hard to read. His voice is sexy, his eyes are smoldering and when he learns of Haylee's goal to save money for law school, he makes her an offer she can't refuse:To move to New York City and work for him directly as his assistant. Haylee's dilemma: how does she travel the world with a hot boss whose voice alone conjures up an erotic fantasy and not completely make a fool of herself? Frustrated with Josh's mixed signals, Haylee finally puts it all on the line. Blurring both their professional and personal lives can they keep things temporary as planned or will they both realize some things weren't meant to end?' She adds, `The sexual tension is palpable; the erotic path they're on is inevitable.' And that final statement goes right to the heart of this story.

Lock, stock and `barrel' Aubrey Bondurant has the Erotica Romance genre down pat. She writes very well indeed. For a debut novel this is a bit long (the story works well but cold be tightened) or maybe just a bit more focus on the erotica she writes so convincingly will come in the next book. She IS solid! Grady Harp, July 15

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