Age Group: Adult
Genre: Romance, Erotica, BDSM
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Rachel Collins is praying. And not for world peace. Thirty six years old and single, her prayer is self-centered. "Kill me now, Lord," she pleads during her latest attempt to meet Mr. Right via the internet.
She’s not hoping for a billionaire or even a millionaire, just a guy who can strike a spark to her tinder! Is she asking too much? She's a great gal! Just ask her parents! She might be a bit naive about some things, but capable enough- she's a correspondent for a major magazine, after all. So there!
On assignment she meets Michael, 42 years old, also a writer. The attraction is immediate and intense. Rachel, who sees vanilla as only a baking ingredient, enchants him. Michael can whip up some pretty hot delights himself, outside of the kitchen. He introduces a curious Rachel to powerful experiences of sensuality. Her Ladylike sense of propriety engages in a running battle with her now sparked Tinderbox desires.
Michael is an excellent cook and knows how to turn up the heat. Sampling the flavors offered, Rachel experiences humorous hiccups. On a date, Michael ramps up the risqué, resulting in a memorable skirt swirling salsa dance. Rachel's "What the hell, I ain't getting any younger" attitude spurs Michael to take her to the exclusive, adults only club Pandora's. Here, Rachel witnesses even more variations of earthly delights, and begins a lifelong friendship with another guest.
Michael is a realist, convinced that within 90 days, his affair with Rachel will be but another painful memory of loss. He is neither willing nor able to yell 'Geronimo' and fall for her. He can't, and that's that.
Maybe he should just get a damn dog.
The Story of Rachel was not what I expected, but despite my misconceptions it was a cute story. Hm, maybe cute isn’t exactly the word for it. It was pretty racy. I thought Rachel was a good character she’s slightly naïve but in a sweet way, not an annoying way. There was a definite connection between Rachel and Michael and I thought their first meeting at the erotic art show and consequent dinner was extremely hot.
It’s weird because in stories like this I typical find scenes that build up to the sexual encounter steamier than the actual sex because some characters just have that kind of chemistry and Rachel and Michael are those type of characters. I thought Rachel’s assistant Brenda was amusing and the way she teased Rachel made me grin.
There were a lot of great parts in this story between Michael and Rachel and when he took her to Pandora, well let’s just say I learned a lot more than I knew before about the whole dom/sub thing. Probably more than I wanted to know, but I think that shows how good of a story K.D. Mclean told. It really gets you in the midst of things experiencing things right along with Rachel.
I felt terrible when Michael got up and walked out after the first time things got really intense with them and the resulting fallout was just sad. But I absolutely adored the ending, it was sweet and emotional and just perfect. I think there is only one thing in the story that I couldn’t stand. Tinderbox and Ladylike. The Story of Rachel was well written, interesting, and intense, but if I never see those two words again it will be too soon.
Outside of that, Mclean did a bang up job with this novel, I enjoyed it.
KD McLean was born in a dark time- it was 2:00 AM, but with grit and determination, she persevered until the light came. And we haven't been able to get rid of her since.
Having experienced a husband who, as Rachel's ex did- 'drift' led KD to internet dating. Of course that was well after the voodoo dolls were put away. She reeled in her share of eels and carp in the Plenty of Fish pond.
Like Rachel, KD is enjoying her own happy ever after with a intelligent and handsome man- who keeps hiding her eyeglasses so he can stay handsome.
Being single, without a billionaire boyfriend was tough. She's got the guy, and buys Lottery tickets- half a loaf and all that, you see?