Did you all know that I’m writing a book? Well, I sort of am (and a filthy one at that), because I wrote 11,000 words and I talk to my characters every day, but I never seem to have time to write their story. But a friend of mine, Rachel Blaufeld has. Written a book, that is (not talked to my characters).
I met her because we were both aspiring dirty novelists and she wanted me to read her pages and I offered for her to read my pages. I loved her pages. They were incredible.
One day she sent me a message that said, I dropped that other story. Don’t be upset. Because I got another idea and I have to write it. Which she did. So fast. Like unbelievably. And she finished it and edited it and started a sequel already. And her book launches today on Amazon. You NEED to check it out.
Her curves and long lashes tease and taunt from her very own billboard where the desert meets the Las Vegas Strip. She’s the hottest stripper in town, known for her sultry and indecent moves coupled with her virginal eyes.
She’s a heady and unique combination, and a mystery to all who come to see her.
Sienna captivates crowds nightly at the Electric Tunnel, leaving them wanting to know more about the sensual enigma. But no one ever sees beyond the heavily guarded stripper onstage. She is Sienna Flower 24/7.
No one other than her closest friend and boss, Asher Peterson, who helped turn a young and frightened girl into who Sienna is today. Together they created the sexual illusion known as Sienna Flower. They will go to any lengths to protect her image, which is why Sienna is convinced she must remain unattached and alone.
Like everyone else in Vegas, Sienna is hiding something and playing a role. A good girl in her former life, she was raised to be obedient and accepting of her fate, but there are some circumstances no one should be expected to accept. She escaped to a world light years away from the one she was subjected to…the Electric Tunnel.
Now she can never be anything other than Sienna Flower. Not only would she be hurt, but everyone around her would suffer the consequences.
That is, until she meets private detective Carson Graham, the dark and mysterious ex-FBI agent who watches her dance every weekend. With his dark hair and chocolate-brown eyes, Carson begins to heat Sienna’s heart and body, melting away the layers and secrets. Sienna doesn’t want to get attached to Carson, but when another man surfaces and starts hunting her down, bringing out the scars of her old life, she can’t help but seek comfort in Carson’s protection.
With everyone trading on the secrets of her past, Sienna finds herself caught in an awful web of lies. Her ultimate fear is hurting her friends at the Tunnel, but she doesn’t know who to trust. Namely, Carson. Is he good? Or bad? Does she have the luxury of finding out?
What did I love about this book (besides that it was written by a friend)? Let’s start with the story. Rachel took the traditional romance formula and turned it on its head (no pun intended). She introduces important issues through her storyline, humanizes our idea of the adult entertainment world, and most importantly, has made it about Sienna and her own development as a woman. Just like in one of my other favourite erotica series’ S.E.C.R.E.T., Electrified employs the sexy male love interest as a plot device for our female main character’s sexual and personal awakening.
Now don’t get me wrong. Carson is sexy. He’s hot and kind and thoughtful and pretty much every woman’s dream guy. But it’s not about him. Maybe it starts out to be, but it becomes about Sienna. She is who we care about, she is who we identify with. And she is who we root for. We hope that she gets the guy, and not because that’s how a romance ends, but more because that’s how her life should begin.
If I could provide any critique of Electrified it’s that there is some repetition in the storytelling, much of which occurs when the characters are self-talking or reflecting. The author’s writing style though, is extremely clean, approachable and fluid, which makes this one quirk easy for the reader to manage (or just skim over). As this author matures into her talent, I’m sure that she’ll either get a handle on her people’s OCD tendencies (or have it edited out of her).
So if you’re looking for a new self-published author to follow (and if you’re a publisher, if you’re looking for a new author to snap up), grab Electrified. You won’t want to get off the fence.
PS Isn’t the cover just STUNNING?
Filthy Factor: Have your significant other (or a cold shower) handy
Recommend Factor: 10/10 (I gotta give her a 10. She’s my friend)
About the Author
Rachel Blaufeld is a social worker/entrepreneur/blogger turned author. Fearless about sharing her opinion, Rachel captured the ear of stay-at-home and working moms on her blog, BacknGrooveMom, chronicling her adventures in parenting tweens and inventing a product, often at the same time. She has also blogged for The Huffington Post, Modern Mom, and StartupNation.
Turning her focus on her sometimes wild-and-crazy creative side, it only took Rachel two decades to do exactly what she wanted to do—write a fiction novel. Now she spends way too many hours in local coffee shops plotting her ideas. Her tales may all come with a side of angst and naughtiness, but end lusciously.
Rachel lives around the corner from her childhood home in Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs. Her obsessions include running, coffee, icing-filled doughnuts, antiheroes, and mighty fine epilogues.