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Monday, August 2, 2010

Review - Conquering India by Melissa Schroeder

Title: Conquering India

Author: Melissa Schroeder

Publisher: Siren Publishing

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Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewed by: Mickey

Caterer India Singer is getting her life on track, hoping to make it big with her new company. She doesn't need any distractions-especially a younger man. She won't get involved with another man destined to leave her. But security expert Wade Thompson won't take no for an answer. Wade knows exactly what he wants and just how to get it. He's pulling out the stops because he's sure India's the woman for him and his best friend and business partner, Marc Jasper. Marc isn't too sure and tries to keep India at arm's length. When a threat to India has her in constant contact with Marc, the lure of the curvy older woman is too much to ignore. But when both men raise the stakes and ask for more than just a fling, will India play it safe to protect her heart, or will she take another chance on love?

Can a woman expire from too much pleasure? Hopefully not, as I am not only referencing the main character of Conquering India, but also myself. I enjoyed this book from the very beginning when Wade and India first meet in the elevator, to the very end. It was fun, funny, poignant, incredibly romantic yet it still managed to be blistering hot. Yes, it is about a multiple partner relationship, but there is something about the relationship dynamics of this novel, that transformed what is a threesome into something that seems almost, well wholesome. Perhaps, it is the setting, staging the story in Middle America Texas, with normal everyday people that makes it seem somehow normal and “okay.” Or maybe it is just Ms. Schroeder's ability to create a story, write a scene and fashion characters using dialogue that mesh so well together and make what is not really commonplace appear almost typical.

And did I mention fun? The interplay between the three characters is a true joy to behold. Keeping in mind the limited time, Ms. Schroeder manages to provide an unbelievably concise and credible background for each character: explaining their little idiosyncrasies and actions and how they impact their current behaviors. Wade is the jokester, Marc more serious and India has her own demons, together they made the perfect family, if only they will acknowledge it. Add a little danger with a stalker ex-husband, some humorous secondary characters, a few other challenges to overcome, and a perfect novel is created. While I did not cry tears of sadness while reading Conquering India, I had several tearful moments resulting from its sheer hilarity. I'll take the laughter any day!

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