The Red: An Erotic Fantasy

8th Circle. Jul. 2017. 248p. ISBN 9781537217765. pap. $14.99. EROTICA
OrangeReviewStarIn this titillating tale of art and the arcane, The Red Gallery owner Mona Lisa St. James enters a naughty bargain to save her mother's dream and receives more than she ever could have imagined. Drowning in debt after her mother's death, Mona sees no choice but to sell the gallery, until the appearance of a handsome man holds dangerous promise. Malcolm approaches her with a devilish proposition: "carte blanche" to ravage her as he pleases in exchange for saving The Red. Mona's lust is taken to new heights as Malcolm uses classic art to inspire playful and often sinister sexual forays. When fantasy and reality become blurred, however, will Mona be able to survive their agreement with her heart unscathed? Reisz (The Mistress) paints a deliciously deviant picture as Mona becomes a piece of living artwork for a truly insatiable patron.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of graceful prose and dark eroticism akin to Anne Rice's "Beauty" series.

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