Morrow Paperbacks. (Sexual Education, Bk. 2). Nov. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780062389732. pap. $13.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062389749. EROTICA
This sequel to Taint revolves around notoriously brusque sex guru Justice Drake's even more notorious publicist Heidi DuCane. Heidi's chaotic, demanding job leaves little time for work-life balance, and her lackluster sex life with husband Tucker is a prime example. While unstable rock star Ransom Reed might be a potential client thanks to a business favor, he is definitely one of the three men on Heidi's "exceptions list"—a group of men she has clearance to sleep with, with her husband's blessing. As soon as they meet, Heidi and Ransom feel an undeniable attraction, despite, or perhaps owing to, Tucker at her side. Things heat up at the after party, at which Heidi finds herself in Ransom's arms while her husband watches, her deepest, darkest fantasy made real. But this night of intimacy has long-term effects on her relationships with both men, as she battles the warm safety of her ten-year marriage with the undeniable thrill of forbidden passion. Headstrong, judgmental Heidi isn't exactly a likable character, but her hard demeanor is justified as part and parcel of a successful "fixer" of celebrity mishaps.
VERDICT Sharp wit laces the dramatic plot with dark humor. Loyal readers will not be disappointed by this snappy second installment in the series.

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