review: a gentleman in the street by alisha rai

A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai
Published: November 24th 2014
Genres & Keywords: Romance, Erotica, Adult, Contemporary
Series: The Campbell Siblings #1

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Shameless. That’s what she was.

Billionaire businesswoman Akira Mori can get anything and anyone her heart desires. Anyone, that is, except for a certain aloof author who has been dominating her dreams for over a decade. Accustomed to Jacob Campbell’s stern disapproval, Akira has turned provocation into an art, using every trick in her arsenal to keep the man from guessing the depth of her filthy fantasies.

Shameless. That’s what she made him.

Since the moment the sexy, sultry socialite sidled up to him years ago, there hasn’t been a time when Jacob didn’t crave Akira. But as guardian to his younger siblings, responsibility has controlled his life. Confining his darkest desires to secret, stolen moments maintains his carefully disciplined world…but a cold bed is the price he pays.

A single touch is all it takes for their simmering need to explode. As secrets and fears are stripped away one by one, shame becomes a thing of the past. They find themselves becoming addicted to each other, in bed and out—a frightening prospect for a man just learning to live…and a woman who thinks she doesn’t know how to love.


 

“When do you sleep?”
She glanced deliberately at her watch. “Sometime between fucking and ruling the world.”

A racially-inclusive, body positive, sex positive, erotica devoid of kink-shaming, body-shaming, and slut-shaming which featured a change from the ‘typical’, heteronormative sexual roles, with intelligent characters, and a powerful, successful female lead (say that in one breath). And while, to a few, this may sound similar to an organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, GMO-free, vegan guaranteed Whole Foods label, which may be healthy for you, but taste like shit-on-a-stick, the former is a recipe for greatness.

Because feminist erotica is possible. You don’t have to have stupid, airhead characters, and a rich, male billionaire with a storyline that pretty much promotes rape culture to have a “sexy” story (if you can even call that shit sexy).

And part of me is a little depressed that I even have to list these things, because it should be something featured in every book. But that’s an argument for another time.

Just picture this:

Akira- incredibly successful, hardworking, entrepreneur who embraces her sexuality and has no problem setting people straight when they think they can express their ignorant opinions about her

Jacob- responsible, rugged author with a steadfast moral compass with an insatiable appetite that he keeps a short leash on but is simmering there, nonetheless

Sexual tension- that’s been stewing for years and is just about ready to explode (pun partially intended)

You can’t go wrong with this book. Empowering and entertaining, this is a road I wish to see more erotica following.

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