4 out of 5
The Ninety Days of Genevieve
by Lucinda Carrington
published by Harlequin (Harlequin MIRA)
release date: (of the Kindle version): 4/01/2013, of the original: 1996
provided by: NetGalley
The Ninety Days of Genevieve is not for everyone. Firstly, it’s definitely erotica, not just a sexy romance. When I was younger it would have been too much for me. At this stage in my life though, I’m all for well written erotica. It also seems slightly dated in places. This is because it was originally released in 1996. That’s perfectly fine. I just like to be aware of things like that. Lastly, it starts out with a bit of a sexual harassment style narrative.
If you can make it through the first chapter the original set up works well with the story and most likely won’t be too bothersome. The story focuses on business woman, Genevieve. When she meets the sexy Mr. Sinclair they enter into an unusual agreement. She will get his account if she agrees to fulfill his sexual proclivities for 90 days. At first Genevieve is hesitant in some of the more unusual sexual situations. She does acquiesce to his demands though due to a combo of wanting to move up in the world and her attraction to him. As their time together progresses though she feels herself opening up sexually.
There are some standard romance tropes here, such as another woman who may or may not be competing for Sinclair’s attentions (and account) and the ambivalence that both main characters feel due to their situation and growing feels for each other.
What I particularly enjoyed were the sexual situations that pushed both Genevieve and myself out of our comfort zones. Some of the scenarios that the reader gets to vicariously experience are: sex in public, antique sexual contraptions, bisexuality, BDSM, performing (in multiple ways) in front of others and more. Both characters are interesting and depicted as attractive. I also feel that we get to see the growth of Genevieve within this story.
I highly recommend this book. It’s a must read if you enjoy boundary pushing erotica. At 274 pages, this book is an ideal length. It gets the story told and doesn’t leave you hanging. Once you are into into, it’s amazingly easy to tear through in a short period of time.
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