Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun
Published by Ellora's Cave on May 13, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
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Newly divorced Lacey Meyers wasted too many years yawning through sex in the missionary position. Now she’s looking for a hookup with a man who can make her shatter. What she gets is a hot younger cop with handcuffs… and he’s not afraid to use them.
Hunter Anderson knows the score—though classy, successful women like Lacey might play with guys like him, at the end of the evening, they walk. But when one night leads to another and then another, he finds himself getting too attached to a woman he can’t have.
Lacey knows Hunter—gorgeous, hard-edged and eight years younger—won’t want anything permanent. No matter how hot and daring he makes her first public sex, quickie, backseat encounter and secret fantasy role-play, she can’t mistake adventurous sex for emotional involvement.
They both know it’s got to end, and soon, or someone’s going to get hurt. But can either of them go back to life without the other?
Reader Advisory: Lacey’s highly erotic “forced” sex fantasy comes true in this book. Lucky her!
I really enjoyed this! Liberating Lacey is a smoking hot love story that shows what happens when opposites attract!
Liberating Lacey is pretty jam packed with sex scenes – which are slightly graphic but relatively tame – and typically I would get tired of the overabundance of sex scenes…but somehow Calhoun makes the majority of sex scenes important in the development of Lacey and Hunter’s relationship. I love that the sex scenes were more than just inserted erotica. I also have to mention that the blurb statement about the role-playing “forced sex” was…hardly “forced” and barely met the requirements for role-playing. While it is possible that the scene could cause some people to trigger, I do feel the number would be very small. It’s just not really a dub-con scene.
One of the supposed drivers of Lacey and Hunter’s sexual relationship is based on allowing Lacey to experience a number “firsts” even though she had been married for 13 years previously. This included acts like fellatio, public sex, etc. Although both Lacey and Hunter pretended that Lacey’s sexual [awakening? experience?] was the reason they kept seeing each other, each time it was obvious that they were breaking down the barriers to a real relationship.
“You’re not the only one going through a series of firsts in this relationship, Lacey.”
–Hunter, page 124
Liberating Lacey is different in the roles the characters take on: Lacey is the rich person in the relationship (she comes from old, high society money) while Hunter is blue-collar. Most romance books either usually have a rich hero and a heroine with much less. I really appreciate the fact that the book showed Hunter dealing with his self-confidence issues related to the different social and financial circumstances the couple dealt with.
At the end of the day, while this book has a lot of steamy sex scenes, it’s more of a slow and sweet “couple fall in love” story than hardcore erotica – a slice of life, if you will. It’s kinda adorable, to be honest. There’s not too much I didn’t like about the story.