Thursday, April 9, 2015

Book Review: "First Encounters" (Charming Man)

There's something inordinately sexy about happening upon a total stranger and being struck, perhaps simultaneously, perhaps individually, by an attraction (or lust, if you prefer) powerful enough to warrant action.

That, in a nutshell, is the premise of First Encounters by Charming Man. Newly published, this short story collection features six scintillating works sure to interest, particularly if you're the voyeur type.

The first story in the collection, "Night Vision," recounts a dreamlike rendezvous between a young man and a ghostly woman who visits him in the night.

A "Beach Encounter" takes place when a young man happens upon a woman sunning herself in the nude and things take a turn toward the steamy.

In "Mid Air Collusion," a longer work, two strangers sitting together on a long flight exchange sexy stories, both completely true and each with the sole purpose of turning on the other.

"Ariana" is a girl at a finishing school who accidentally discovers that the headmaster is attracted to her, and uses that to her full advantage to keep herself from being punished for her obstinacy in classes.

A young man finds himself in the midst of "A Greek Tragedy" when he travels to the Greek Isles and finds himself enticed and seduced by a woman whose name he never learns.

Finally, in another longer story, "The Hitcher" turns out to be a young woman with plenty of snark in her attitude, whom a young man picks up and then can't (or perhaps doesn't want to) get rid of.

Each story is thoughtfully rendered, an amazing feat for a compilation of pure erotica, with beautifully rendered settings (especially in "A Greek Tragedy") and each character carefully drawn as an individual. Clearly, Charming Man did not feel the need (thankfully) to draw on stock characters and stereotypes to convey the steamy stories he presents.

For those of you easily shocked or just not interested in graphic sexual content, please find another work to read, as this one won't fit your needs. For those who don't mind their erotica edgy and unexpected, First Encounters will more than suffice.

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Author: Charming Man
Title: First Encounters
ISBN: 978-1505392937
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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