Strokes of Pleasure by Anne Rainey

Strokes of Pleasure by Anne Rainey
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Mila Porter’s curvy figure is half the reason Slade River friend-zoned her years ago. Does it matter that she’s had the hots for him for as long as she can remember? Sure, but she’s a realist. So what if she does fantasize about him from time to time? That’s her business. When the annual charity dinner at Mila’s work comes up, Slade offers to be her plus one. An act of kindness, that’s all it is. Or is it?

Slade would be lost without Mila. She’s the most important person in his life. And imagining her naked is a huge no-no. Sex would mess up everything. But when Mila starts talking about a co-worker she’s dating, Slade begins to see his best bud in a whole new light. A sexy, curvy get-his-hands-on-her kind of light. But does he dare risk it all for one night of pleasure?

She wants him, but thinks she can’t have him. He wants her, but things he can’t have her. It’s anyone’s guess what will happen next.

Not really. This is a romance and it’s a pretty good bet someone will be satisfied at the end. That’s why I read the book–for the happy ever after. I’m glad I did because this one was fantastic.

I love the work of Anne Rainey and I’m glad I picked up this short story. The characters were relatable and the storyline plausible. The writing moved along at a great clip and kept me right there with the characters until the end.

I liked the push-pull between Mila and Slade. It felt right and normal. I liked the growing change in the relationship, too. Very satisfying.

If you’re looking for a hot but short book to fill an afternoon and likable characters that will stay with you beyond the last page, then this one is for you.

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