Moonlight Madness by Gina Blake

Moonlight Madness by Gina Blake
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (69 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Burned-out executive Matthew Turner is more than ready for some R & R at a rented cabin on a solitary beach. The only thing missing is the woman of his dreams, though he doubts the kind of woman he wants really exists. Until she shows up on the moonlit shore—mysterious, beautiful, naked, and more than willing to make all his fantasies come true.

Marina has yearned for a man like Matthew. Now that she has him, she has one chance to prove herself, and she’ll do whatever it takes to bring him pleasure. Besides, his pleasure is her pleasure. But can she convince him to believe in the magic between them, or will he chalk up their encounter to a little moonlight madness?

Matthew is ready and raring to enjoy his two weeks off at the beach. He’s got the car packed. Some books, some bourbon and all the clear, fresh sea air he could possibly need. The only thing Matthew figures is missing is a hot woman to join him in some mind-blowing sexual antics. It’s been far too long for him. Marina has been secretly watching Matthew pleasure himself since he arrived at the holiday cabin. Matthew is more than up for some guilt free stress, and Marina is a woman who knows exactly what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.

This is a fun romp of a story. In many ways a classical holiday romance. I found Marina to be a little mysterious. This story is largely told from Matthew’s point of view and so I didn’t find Marina as easy to understand as the usual heroine. Matthew, however, is the typical male. He’s eager for plenty of sex, and looking to relax and have a good time. While I instantly enjoyed his character, I found him two dimensional in some ways. I could completely understand his desire for a quiet beach, plenty of alcohol and a willing, sexually adventurous woman, but when he began to interact with Marina I wondered why he wasn’t interested in more. He didn’t want to know anything about her initially. A strange woman pops up almost literally out of nowhere, and he didn’t show any curiosity about her, where she lived or worked, whether she was in a relationship with anyone or a single mother just passing by. Matthew’s mind immediately turned to sex and there was very little attempt to get to know Marina outside this sexual context until well past their initial meeting. For an erotic short story I would expect some corners to be cut – to focus on the sex if nothing else – but usually there is at least a pretence of a getting to know you stage. Matthew – and Marina too – cut immediately past this, and I found here that it made them seem less real, more difficult for me to relate to, because of this.

I found this to be a highly sexual, fun read. There is plenty of sexy talk and chemistry and more than enough variety of sex to keep a reader turning the pages. While I was disappointed there didn’t seem to be much between Matthew and Marina outside the bedroom there was no denying the intensity of their connecting within the sheets. Readers looking for a steamy, quick read might enjoy this naughty tale.

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