I just finished reading Tessie Bradford’s latest release “Pleasuring Anne” and I loved it!
Anne Kramer was a character easy to love and identify with. She’s an independent, suffer-no-fools romance novelist who has endured a protracted dry-spell and hasn’t had a real life playmate in several years. To add fuel to Anne’s inner fire, her AWOL muse roars back into her life bringing visions of naughty toys and scorching hot fantasies with him. After enjoying a very steamy shower, Anne’s imagination is off to the races and she’s ready to sit down and transform some of her unsatisfied lush into quality writing time when the law comes knocking on her door.
Two hunky cops show up. Detective Garth Slaiter, is the epitome tall dark and divine in a uniform and his partner Detective Mark Collins is worth chasing too. Unfortunately Anne is forced to greet them with wet hair and wearing lazy-girl cotton pants and a tee shirt. It gets worse. The police inform Anne that a man she has recently gone on a casual date with is a con artist. She’s left feeling a bit defensive as an impromptu police Q&A begins in her living room.
Detective Slaiter—Garth is quick to take charge and ask Anne for her help getting a con man off the streets. He’s smart, direct and professional. Anne’s detailed description of the con man’s lame approach on their first and only date provides the detectives with the first useful information they need to stop this creep.
Of course Anne is eager to help stop a man who is robbing women but she responds to Detective Slaiter’s tough guy alpha dog authority in all the wrong ways. Garth is a distracting turn on and the middle of a criminal investigation isn’t the best time for this sort of full-blown reaction to a man. When the topic of her alter ego is raised, it’s squirm time. The detectives ask about Anne’s line of work. As an author of fifteen erotic romance novels including a slightly kinky “Connie’s Cops”, she has plenty to blush about.
By now the living room windows are fogging up. Anne is interested in Garth and Garth is showing a lot of um… professional interest in her, and damn-they have a real problem on their hands—a con artist is on the loose robbing women and embezzling checks.
Garth abruptly asks Anne to call the con man and ask him out on a second date as a sting. Anne agrees to do it and this is where the story really starts to roll into Lustville. We see Anne through Garth’s POV and hot dang he’s mighty impressed with her for all the right reasons the least of which is clever Anne thinks like a detective, and he loves it. It quickly becomes apparent each has met their match. The attraction to so strong that once they are alone Garth can’t resist kissing Anne and immediately has to do a little back peddling.
Pleasuring Anne is a romance for grown-ups. Both Anne and Garth are in their forties and can appreciate things like a sweet old-fashioned date to a miniature golf course or a super-heated romp in the sheets cuffed and frisked by a dominant detective ; )
Hey we’re all adults here, lets have a little fun. This story is detail rich, character driven and the dialog is a joy to read. Anne and Garth felt like real people with well-rounded lives and that speaks loudly to Ms. Bradford’s skill as an author. There’s so much packed into this beautifully written short novel, it feels like more. Most of all the reader will feel the mutual attraction and growing love Garth and Anne stumble into. It’s wonderful. If you are looking for a book that can be read in an evening and offers smart, funny, mature characters who know a good thing when they see it—you must give Pleasuring Anne a try!
I give Pleasuring Anne 5 Stars.
Tessie Bradford “Pleasuring Anne” available Wednesday January 22nd from Resplendence Publishing
Happy Release Day Tessie!