A man with no name.
Once a week he frequents the bar where Mackenzie works. He orders the same drink, scotch on the rocks, and he sits back on the same lounge chair, quietly watching… waiting…
He has money – that much is obvious. He wears his tailored suits well. He smells divine, of expensive cologne, and orders his scotch from the top shelf.
He drinks alone, but he never leaves that way. With a snap of his fingers, a flick of his eyes, a glimmer of a smile, he gets the attention of the most attractive women in the bar.
This time his focus is on Mackenzie. Instead of feeling nervous Mackenzie is enthralled, intrigued… and aroused.
WARNING: This novella contains explicit sex scenes (including BDSM) and is for mature 18+ readers only.
The subtitle read, “A Dark and Erotic Novella” so I expected something dark. Might be my past interfering but the novella wasn’t quite as dark as I imagined.
I liked the mysterious air about the man. I liked the atmosphere of the bar. There were instances where it could seem as if the bar was located any time in the distant past, present or even the future, i.e. a touch of timelessness which worked well.
There were some points where I was not sure about the man’s real feelings for Mackenzie. Did he really obsess over her, or was she just a plaything, a short-term prey? It was proven near the end that his intentions were pure and that he felt deeply for her, but it was almost added as reassurance. I would have shrugged and said, “Ok, if you say so.”
The sex scene was nicely done. The deliberate delay prolonged the girl’s desire and made it more enjoyable. That part worked.
The chemistry was present, but I never was sure if both parties felt anything “real” for each other or if it was just a hunter-and-the-hunted temporary thrill. The ending made the author‘s intention clear, but it did not feel like the most logical revelation. It was not forced, but it did not come across as that destined or sure as the male character claimed to have felt.
It was a promising story, so much built up to make it perfect, but something was lacking in-between the dialogues, the explanation of the main characters’ psychology and how the certainty of that great love was ascertained. I had begun reading this book thinking it looked like a 4-star read, but the absence of that convincing link made me scale it down.
3 out of 5 stars in my book.
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