Sunday, January 16, 2011

Review -- Educating Aphrodite

Educating Aphrodite
by Kimberly Killion
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Release Date: January 5, 2011

The light-blue silk choker that matched her eyes seemed to tighten around an expanding knot of frustration. She swallowed it hard and raised her pale lashes to Delacroix. “Sebastian and I have not been…intimate since I conceived Edward.”

The angry lines between Delacroix’s dark brows disappeared. He scrubbed his tightly groomed black beard in obvious astonishment. “Your son is nearly a year old.”

Shame burned her face and stung her eyes. Alexandra bit back the tears and looked down the expanse of her fashionable gold gown trimmed with frills and flounces and lace. At twenty-three, she was fit and well-kept and upheld her role as Countess of Warwick with elegance and grace, but hidden beneath layers of perfumed petticoats was a woman that no longer appealed to her husband. “It has taken me months to accept the fact Sebastian no longer desires me.”

Alexandra Falkner, Countess of Warwick, has come to the realization her husband, the Earl of Warwick, does not desire her in any way. What else is a woman to think when there have been no acts of intimacy in the marriage bed since the conception of their first child almost 2 years ago? Determined to get her husband back into the marriage bed, Alexandra employs the help of her husband’s best friend, the sexy Vincent Delacroix. Known for his hypnosis techniques, Vincent reluctantly agrees to hypnotize Alexandra in an attempt to eliminate her inhibitions and to teach her the ways of a temptress.

Perhaps this was madness. Perhaps loneliness drove her toward lunacy, but she was desperate to rekindle the passion in her marriage. Unfortunately, she lacked the courage and experience to accomplish her task without Delacroix’s assistance.

As the hypnosis begins to work and the walls of propriety crumble, Alexandra becomes more comfortable, in fact more confident, in her skin. Every woman has the ability to be sexy and confident and it all starts with her brain. Soon, the lessons of seduction by Delacroix encompass Alexandra’s world, soliciting new emotions and experiences from her. Alexandra quickly finds herself questioning just how far she will go to get her husband back in bed. And I must say, Alexandra goes pretty far.

Kimberly Killion is an author I have enjoyed reading since her debut in 2008. Her writing is witty, sexy and quickly pulls you in to the story. And this novella is no different. But this is not your traditional romance story. There is a happily ever after, even though it is very unconventional. While I am more of a traditional romance reader, I still enjoyed this story. It is a fun read with a great twist at the end. If you are looking for a great quick read, one that is scorching hot and by no means conventional, then this novella is for you.

~ Buffie


  1. Buffie

    Great review I too have loved Kimberly's other books and this one sounds different but also a good read

    Have FUn

  2. Thanks so much for the awesome review, Buffie! I should have warned you about the erotic part. LOL
    And, yes,Monica, it's a menage ...and then some. *wicked grin*

  3. Thanks for stopping by, Helen. I know how much you enjoy Kimberly's books. As I said before, this is a different romance story. It is considered erotica, so it is not your typical one man, one woman romance.

  4. Hi Monica! I do believe that Kimberly has answered your question. :-)

  5. Thanks for popping in, Kimberly! You know how much I enjoy your writing. This was a fun story to read, even those parts that had my eyes bugging! :-)

  6. Great review, Buffie! Kimberly is such a sweetheart. :)

  7. Thanks, Andrea! And yes she is!

  8. Awe...HUGS, ladies! Thanks again, Buffie, for inviting me to "dish" with ya'll!

  9. Great review, Buffie! I was gone all day yesterday, so I just got on now to read it.

    Sounds spicy! LOL And I think Kimberly is a doll, too. :-)