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Apr 20, 2010

Sophie's Pleasure by Patricia Pellicane


Author:  Patricia Pellicane 
Publisher:  Total-E-Bound Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Erotica; Paranormal and Psychic Activity; Woman’s Sexuality; Young Adult Relationships
Length: 43 Pages
Other:  M/F 
Pagan & Pagan Elements: Paranormal Activity
Reviewed by: Russ Allen

About The Book: With her psychic abilities, Sophie occasionally helps the police on cases that appear to dead end. Joe Palermo is a Suffolk County detective and Sophie’s brother-in-law’s partner. Sophie and Joe dated briefly when she was a teenager. Joe, upon seeing her again, is very interested in taking up where he once left off. He can’t imagine why he let a woman who looks like her get away.

Sophie is adamant and tells him straight out, she wants no relationship with him. Still a woman doesn’t have to have a relationship to sleep with a man, does she? She was too young the first time around, but Sophie is a woman now. A woman who knows exactly what she wants.

The Review:  While for the most part I liked this book, some elements could have been more developed. Sophie’s paranormal help given to the police on two occasions is mentioned, and its positive results are highlighted, but sufficient details regarding those instances aren't included. Sophie exhibits a reluctance to resume her relationship with a former boyfriend Joe, but gives no reason other than that she distrusts cops, also unexplained, despite the fact that her brother-in-law Jake and the others included in her circle of friends, about which little more is said, are police. A light-hearted moment occurs when Sophie uses her psychic ability to put Andy, another police officer, in his place. The use of this gift becomes more serious when, having to decide whether to reconnect with Joe, she changes her initial rejection in response to a reading he insists she give him.  However, one is left with an incomplete sense of these elements of Sophie’s personality and story, or what they mean for her and the larger details of her life.

The depth and quality of the author’s writing style really comes through in her two significant accounts of sexual activity between Sophie and Joe. These erotic episodes draw the reader in while avoiding the boring graphic descriptions and repetition of pornography. Still, there is an acrobatic dimension to their sex, and the number of continuous orgasms involved stretches credulity.

Their first sexual episode is clearly recreational, and for the most part Sophie is in charge of what happens with one exception: when Joe insists they have intercourse on the stairs leading to the bedroom. For Joe the encounter reawakens his earlier feelings about Sophie, a relationship she has no interest in resuming. However, his insistence and what she discovers in the reading he demands, convinces her to give it another try, leading to their second sexual encounter, much the same as the first though this time relational rather than recreational.

Unfortunately, Joe comes across as a hormone driven sex machine who wants Sophie primarily for her physical beauty and energetic sex, which fact neither resolves her issue about having a relationship with a police officer, supports her willingness to give their relationship another try based only on her good feelings about him engendered by the psychic reading [and the good sex that follows], nor offers a sound foundation for their future together. Sophie, on the other hand, presents herself as a strong woman with a real gift, in control, and with a sense of her value as a human being. She is also highly driven sexually, but seemingly, more in control of it than Joe is, even willing to mock him about his desires.

In the absence of information about their prior failed relationship, her reluctance to get involved with a policeman, her long term hopes and goals, and whatever lies below the surface defined by his and her sexual needs, it is hard to see where Sophie and Joe might end up, especially when they are no longer able to have that level of sex.

Pagan Elements: Sophie is a paranormal who uses her power to assist police, esp. in locating missing children.  She also uses it to put a pompous friend in his place. 

Cover (Rated 1-10): 4 The cover is typical for this genre, but really does not reflect the story.  It shows a gym-perfected male torso, but the book is really about a strong woman.  If seen on the bookshelf I would probably pass it by.

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