"Hot romance, cool characters"
Contemporary Erotica. An injury and some psychological
problems cause Boston Detective Cameron Wyler to take a
forced vacation. He hotfoots it up to Maine to see if he
can find Gloria, the prostitute who helped take a serial
killer off the streets. Harry, Cam's partner and friend,
was killed in the process. Because he knows Harry would
approve, Cam is going to find Gloria and give her the
reward money. The problem is, Cam picks up the wrong woman.
He mistakes third grade teacher Gertrude Prescott for
Thirty-year-old Trudy was not a risk taker. So how did she
end up in a motel room with this terribly attractive
stranger? However it happened, she's ready to have a one
night stand with him. But he runs out on her, leaving an
amazing amount of money behind. When Trudy stumbles onto
the fact that this stranger is staying in a cabin in the
woods, she decides to return the money to him -- and
discovers who he is and who he thinks she is. Once she
convinces him of her real identity, he sends her on her way.
But the attraction that these two feel for one another
cannot be denied. Cam ends up staying at Trudy's house and,
with much persuasion from Trudy, they finally end up
sharing her bed. Though Cam would really like to have a
meaningful relationship with her, Trudy insists all she
wants is sex. She's not being entirely honest, though, and
what she really hopes for is the reason she has convinced
Cam that condoms aren't necessary.
Full of scintillating dialogue, once I started
reading "Bittersweet" I didn't stop. Though the hero was of
mixed parentage, with a strong African American appearance
(the heroine is Caucasian), this really didn't have that
much influence in the story. Cam is a really fantastic
hero, a modern day gentleman and, though some of his sexual
antics may seem otherwise, a truly gentle man. I usually
don't like the hero calling the heroine baby, but it just
seemed to fit here. The first half of the book is sex free,
but this lack is made up for in the last half. The sex
scenes are well done, but be warned, there is one in
particular that could be offensive to those who are not
regular readers of erotica. I would have liked to have
gotten to know the characters in-depth a bit more, but this
deficit didn't subtract from my enjoyment of the story.
Sensuality--NC17 Lots of sexual tension; oral sex; explicit
language; explicit sex; anal sex.
Reviewed by Flora Bell
Posted February 25, 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 18, 2006