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Friday, January 16, 2009
Review - Point of Distraction The First Collection by Cindy Jacks
Title: Point of Distraction: The First Collection
Author: Cindy Jacks
Publisher: Lyrical Press, Inc.
Buy Link: Point Of Distraction: The First Collection
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Laura
This book is trio of short stories with one central character running through each of them. Ana is a career woman who likes her life just the way it is. She calls the shots and makes no apologies for it. Yet, there is a part of her that likes to fantasize about how her life could be different if only for a little while.
In the first short story, Siempre Mia, the reader is introduced to Ana and her musician boy toy, Miguel. Their relationship is one of convenience as afar as Ana is concerned. She can play with him when he is in town for the weekend, have a few laughs and then move on. Miguel would prefer a more permanent relationship but will gladly settle for whatever Ana is willing to give.
The second short story, Business With Pleasure, showcases Ana in the corporate side of her life. She is efficient and professional but has no problem fraternizing with a business associate when the opportunity presents itself. Jonathan is hoping to land a great business deal with Ana’s company by wooing her boss. Little does Jonathan know that his wooing of Ana could be just as satisfying if only in a more physical way.
The last short story, Games People Play, takes place as Ana spends time at home in Florida visiting her parents. Enjoying a carefree, much slower-paced life for a couple of weeks a year helps her recharge her batteries as it were. Darcy is a down-to-earth guy who is now a police officer in town. They met about five years ago and have had an annual fling every since. Ana likes the lack of pretense between them, and Darcy knows Ana is not a small town kind of girl. Darcy is willing to sample Ana’s charms for as long as she’ll let him.
Each of these stories is unique and very sexy. Ana’s relationship with each man is distinct and complex. The men know that Ana is not a woman who wants to settle down so they spend time with her when they can and don’t complain when it’s over. Ana uses her feminine charms to keep all three men coming back for more whenever the mood strikes her or the situation arises. The author does a tremendous job of giving the reader the right amount of background, emotion and plot to pull you in and not let you go. Reading the book, as I did, all in one fell swoop is exciting, sensual and immensely satisfying. The sex scenes are explicit but not garish; detailed but not raw. I fully intend to read this author’s work in the future. She is a must-buy in my book from now on.