Review: Versed in Desire by Anne Calhoun

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Review: Versed in Desire by Anne Calhoun three-half-stars
Versed in Desire by Anne Calhoun
Published by Spice Books/Spice Briefs on October 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
Pages: 43
Format: eBook
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"Tell me what you want and it's yours."

When Corryn meets Luke at her new boss's party, their attraction is instant and electric. He's ready to give her any pleasure she desires—but Luke is a company vice president, her boss's best friend and completely off-limits. Refusing his offer is the most difficult choice she's ever had to make, made even harder by his continued seduction at the office and the fact that she hasn't been able to write poetry—her favorite pastime—since denying herself. Corryn is desperate to have Luke but she's all too aware of the risks of giving in to temptation. But after months of denial, she knows she must choose: end their flirtation for good or surrender to the inevitable….

Versed in Desire is hot but short.

I can’t really say it did much for me – it feels much closer to a vignette than a short story (about 40 pages or so). There’s not much characterization or even action. The majority of the story the reader is in the head of the heroine – who likes to ponder things. The heroine is a poet and she spends a lot of time in her own head, thinking. She is as seduced by her own thoughts as she is by the hero.

Versed in Desire is very much about desire but it felt like it was more about choices. The heroine, Corryn, has to decide if she wants to embark on an affair with the hero, Luke, who is also her boss’ best friend. Every decision Corryn makes – to flirt with Luke, to have sex with Luke – is a major step for her and affects both her professional life and her art.

Versed in Desire has a cute HFN ending that exudes hope for the future. Very cute.

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