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Friday, May 13, 2011

Pink Satin by Jennifer Greene



Pink Satin by Jennifer Greene
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (144 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by: Camellia

With the figure of a sex symbol and a career as a lingerie executive, Greer Lothrop is used to attracting more than her fair share of male attention. After years of unwanted stares, she is far more comfortable playing mother hen than femme fatale.

She's shocked when there's nothing motherly about the feelings her new neighbor, engineer Ryan McCullough, arouses in her. She's never been attracted to a man of such raw sexuality before. What is it about Ryan that has her confiding in him—and falling into his arms—within hours of meeting?

It's clear Ryan isn't interested in Greer for her chicken soup. He's not falling for her girl-next-door routine either, no matter how hard she tries to deny their chemistry. He knows there's a passionate woman behind the facade—and he knows just how to awaken her...

Pink Satin is a “feel-good”, humorous, sensual story with an undercurrent of psychological issues that propels the plot along.

Ryan McCullough is a true hero and a dream-come-true. He sees Greer Lathrup’s bubbly warmth, easy humor, and natural confidence. He also sees her panic about a heavy-breather who calls her and says nothing. Early on he realizes that she does not approach life with logic, rational thought and works hard to be seen as “the-girl-next-door” type not as fair game for sexual exploitation. Her vulnerability rouses his protective nature, even though she is the sexiest woman he has ever seen. She is unconsciously “sensual as black silk”, but Ryan schools himself to be the helpful new neighbor rather than act on his desire to romance his infinitely touchable, graceful neighbor who has such a special joy for life.

As the ad psychologist for the Love Lace lingerie company, Greer deals in pragmatic fashion with sexy feminine attire while down playing her own luxuriant curves and sexy, siren looks--looks that developed too early and made her a target for men who saw her as “prey” rather than a person who was intelligent, caring, fun, and even spontaneous when she feels secure. Most, but not all, of the people she works with value her for her intuitive recognition of what sells lingerie. Her ability to know the look and feel of lingerie that make women feel good about themselves, feel confident, and sexy is unfailing. She knows what builds fantasies and fulfills daydreams. However, her personal life is a different story.

Secondary characters like the volatile French designer Marie, the steady boss Grant, and the market man Ray add elements to the story that create tension and intrigue that augment the way Ryan and Greer deal with issues. Ryan’s protective nature and his determination to prove to Greer how special, beautiful, sexy, and totally desirable she is creates amazing love scenes and foreplay that make the heart sing and smile with joy.

Jennifer Greene creates a sparkling love story while touching on self-esteem issues that can keep one from enjoying love and life to the fullest if not acknowledged and overcome. Pink Satin with its revealing metaphors, subtle foreshadowing, memorable descriptions, and breathtaking love scenes slip the reader into Greer and Ryan’s world to share the blooming of a vibrant, happy-ever-after love. Good reading!

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