Monday, August 4, 2014

THE WOLF AND I by Bijou DuLac

Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc.
Date published:
June 2014
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 2

Widowed Ruby is tired of being free daycare for her bratty granddaughter and moves into a new community. She meets Wolfram, a man who encourages her to try out new and exciting ideas and passions. Soon her life is completely changed. But there’s more to a relationship than just sexual adventures.

This is a new author’s first book, so I was more than willing to cut her some slack as a newbie. The story is written in first person POV which doesn’t bother me. The concept, although one that’s been done many times before, is treated with some freshness and difference in that this couple are not twenty-somethings, but fifty-somethings. Ms DuLac weaves their age into the plot very nicely and it’s great to see Ruby’s growth and development as a character as she finds herself again.

I don’t know whether the author thought she was appealing to an older age group of readers by using penis, vagina, clitoris, instead of the more commonly used words in erotic romance, but they put me off and pulled me out of the story, especially when there were a plethora of “penis” in a paragraph. The author also tended to avoid using contractions and that really made dialogue very stilted and slowed down narrative considerably. People, even older people, invariably speak in contractions. I suspect they think in them as well.

Unfortunately the book simply didn’t appeal to me, although, perhaps when the author has a few more releases under her belt, she’ll be worth trying again.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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