EROTICA

Madam, May I.

Madam, May I. Dafina: Kensington. May 2019. 288p. ISBN 9781496716545. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781496716552. EROTICA
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Desdemona Dean is a wildly successful madam, and she's bored. Bored of her luxurious life, bored of the consorts and ego-stroking and elegant discretion that have now become routine. She has everything she thought she'd ever want—but it's not enough to outrun her traumatic past. Desi wants a freer, simpler life and to leave her escort service behind; mainly, she'd like to get the formal education she was denied. But Loren, the hot younger tutor she hires to assist in earning her GED, is eager to learn some lessons of his own, ones that Desdemona is all too happy to break her celibacy streak to provide. The arrival of a promising protégé gives Desi hope that change is in the air—but loose-lipped clients, a potential new love, and troubling childhood flashbacks soon threaten everything the madam has worked tirelessly to build. Passionate and compelling, Bryant's latest (after A Billionaire Affair) skillfully weaves drama, tragedy, and sex into one fast-paced narrative. Audiences will connect with Desdemona and her quest for fulfillment as well as her dedication to protecting those in her charge. Those seeking a spicy read will be waiting a while; this erotica has a lot to achieve by way of backstory and personal development first.
VERDICT An engaging, sexy tale of one woman's path to accomplishment. Recommended where racy urban fiction is popular.

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