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Aug 5, 2011

In the Cards by Cynthia Selwyn

Title: In the Cards
Author: Cynthia Selwyn
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Publisher:  Breathless Press
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Length: 95 pgs.
Reviewed by: yadkny

Cover: 4.5
Presentation: 4
Editing: 5
Story: 4
Writing Ability: 4

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About The Book: 

Alexandrea Taylor writes historical fiction, not erotica. She can’t even think the word…um…p-e-n-i-s. But she wishes she could. When her editor wants her to write a story about a cowboy and a bordello using a pack of sex-aid cards, she fantasizes about buying her dream home. Except she’s sure she’s too boring in bed to imagine erotic scenarios. She can’t even keep her fiancé satisfied—she caught him in their bed with another woman. If it wasn't for her friend Zach, she doubts she’d feel attractive at all. 

Zach O’Connor would do anything for his friend, Alex. She’s the only woman he’s ever met who doesn’t treat him like a piece of meat. And now that they’re sharing a hotel room at a conference, it’s his opportunity to show her what she means to him. When she asks for his help with a sexy role-playing assignment, he knows this is his chance to show Alex she’s not only the woman of his fantasies, but the woman of his heart as well.

With some silk scarves, massage oil and imagination – it’s all in the cards.

The Review:
Settled in a relationship of convenience with a cheating jerk, Alex hasn't yet fully accepted that her ex-fiancé is just that – an ex. Now in the midst of a romance writer's convention with her personal life in shambles, there is only one man that can come to Alex's rescue. He's the man she bases all of her book hero's on, and the same man she's been half in love with all her life. Too bad he's on the 'friend' list.
Zach's friendship with Alex is the most important relationship with a woman he's ever had. She's always seen and accepted the real man beneath the fantasy exterior other women seem attracted to. So when Alex called looking for assistance that only he could provide, there was no way he was going to say no. Soon Alex is given a project that requires two-person participation, and Zach sees an opportunity. What starts out as friendly “research” just might be their undoing, but Zach has every intention of giving her enough pleasurable material.
A friends-to-lovers story, complete with a down-on-her-luck romance author and a ruggedly handsome cowboy. The character dynamics in the bedroom were wonderfully playful and sizzling. It was a little unfortunate to see Alex sell herself short when it came to that cheating jerk of an ex, but I enjoyed reading how Zach bolsters her confidence and makes her feel beautiful. Zach is the perfect blend of alpha male with a sensitive side. With a bit of sexy role-playing, this story is a great read for those looking for an erotic romance between friends.

Pagan Elements: N/A


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