Read from April 05 to 06, 2014
To tie in with Robert’s most recent release of the third book in the Shameless series, Shameless Corruption, I introduce you to the first in the trilogy…
Synopsis: High-flying executive Caroline and barrister Robert have been married for three years, and the demands of work have left little time for their relationship. Caroline is angling for a promotion, which will mean spending more time away in Germany. On a management development course in Spain, Caroline is tempted into indiscretions with some of her colleagues, a fact that is noticed by course leader and former chief executive Melody Bigger.
Melody sees in Caroline aspects of her younger self and a barely suppressed exhibitionism. She draws Caroline into a plot to put pressure on Von Wolfswinkle, the German delegate to the European Central Bank. His opposition to Eurobonds is causing hardship across southern Europe, and Caroline is inveigled into a peculiar relationship with Von Wolfswinkle based on his voyeurism and her exhibitionism. Melody wants Caroline to influence the banker’s recommendations to the forthcoming European economic summit.
As Caroline is drawn into a seedy world of private parties for bankers and politicians, she soon realises she has damaged her reputation and her marriage. How will she ever be able to face her colleagues and her husband again?
Bookish things: 196 pages. The cover is quite striking. The writing well constructed and easy to read.
The first SteamEreads novel, and the first erotic tale written by a man that I have read.
What a ride.
I was pleasantly surprised that the story actually took a forward stance throughout the tale and the sex (albeit quite prevalent) was not the main focus. This meant that rather than a number of fantasies written down with tenuous linking plot, the reader is exposed to a quite complex tale of espionage, duplicitous actions and intrigue.
The characters were flawed, emotional and greedy, and yet, also showed strength, weaknesses and ingenuity. This meant that they felt real (and from the authors notes at the end if the book, it appears they very well could be based upon real people!) This meant that I cared about what happened to the characters, I went along with Caroline for the wickedly sexy ride she found herself on and I longed for the ending to work out for all involved.
The writing was solid, a few minor typos, but nothing major, and they weren’t bad enough to bother my reading either.
I would have liked some more detail in the final scenes, it all felt a little rushed, and also a little comical and far-fetched towards the last few pages. At one point I even laughed at the silliness of it all.
If you’re after an erotic book that has a bit if everything in it, try Shameless Ambition, it’s got F/F, group sex, a touch of light BDSM, D/s themes, voyeurism, outdoor sex, and exhibitionism, just to name a few. I doubt you wouldn’t find something to enjoy in that lot!
This was a great, warm, wet, welcome into what SteamEreads has to offer. Great work Robert! I hope you’ve got more on the way.
A couple of things I noticed:
5% – should blond be blonde? Since it’s talking about a woman.
19% – …what (to) say in her text…
47% – …it would give her (a) chance to sort…
**Note: I was provided with an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**