Today, I’m reviewing something a little bit different. I was approached by Lisa Renee Jones to read the first in her series of shorts, releasing today. That’s not unusual- I’ve reviewed plenty of books so far, and several have been at author request. Here’s the unusual part: It’s not my usual genre and not something I usually write about here. If you are 18 and over, feel free to follow the link to the rest of this post.
Still with me? Good. The story follows a young woman named Rebecca who has been living alone ever since her mother passed away. Rebecca’s mother taught her about self-sufficiency and Rebecca takes pride in being independent. She likes the freedom that comes with setting your own rules, but she’s missing something in her life and a trip to an art gallery inspires her to make big changes.
She’s always had an interest in art and, more than anything she wants to work in the gallery. Rebecca gets the idea the owner wants her to work there, too- among other things. She finally takes the plunge and applies to intern there, hoping that she will be able to make this her career.
From the very beginning, she’s felt drawn to Mark (the owner). She thinks he feels the same way, but he doesn’t say it. Instead, he puts her through an intensive training regimen to teach her everything she needs to know to handle clients and move up in the gallery. Meanwhile, Rebecca is finding her attraction growing stronger every day. She also has an admirer who is determined to win her over.
Her life is complicated further by a mystery man’s proposition- one of the men in her life wants to make a little deal with her. One that will have her giving up control to this person, a thought that scares her. She agrees to spend a night with him, but is she willing to take it as far as he wants her to go?
This story is interesting in that, as the title suggests, it is written entirely in diary format. With every entry, Rebecca reveals more about the deal she’s faced with and how she feels about it. She also talks about wanting to chase her dream of working in a gallery, her feelings about her mother and the dreams that haunt her at night. Jones does a nice job of making us understand and feel for Rebecca, making it easy for me as a reader to root for her. This is a short read, and the format makes the story go by even faster, making it a perfect choice for when you want to escape in a story, but don’t have enough time to devote to a full-length book.
I have limited experience with this genre, but I think it will be a good choice for anyone who likes romance books and erotica.