Monday, September 12, 2011

Trespass by Meg Maguire

  • Title: Trespass 
  • Classification: Adult Fiction
  • Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (July 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • ASIN: B004XWHI6U

In the middle of the night, Russ Gray finds an injured woman wandering outside his home. In an attempt to help her, he invites her in so he can treat her gun shot wounds. Being a vet he knows a little something about treating injuries. Russ realizes right away she's probably in some sort of trouble, but offers her food and shelter while she recuperates. When she steals away in the middle of the night several days later, she takes more than just his money, she takes a piece of his heart. 

I was three chapters in when I first realized this was an erotic romance. This one was a member's choice book of the month in my Goodreads group, Nothing but Reading Challenges. There are a few erotic romance authors whose books I'll read, but I am usually hesitant about reading books labeled erotic. I kind of see erotic romances like (and yes I'm totally stealing this analogy from Forrest Gump) a box of chocolates. When you pick one up you  never know what you're going to get. That said, I was pleasantly surprised that this was one I liked. For an erotic romance to work for me, it needs to have a decent story line, be well written, and have nothing I'd categorize as kinky or shocking between the two main characters. 

Now, *blush* I'm not a big fan of self pleasuring (to term it kindly) in a romance and you will probably NEVER hear this from me again, but the author did a brilliant job with the scene. Both characters simultaneously have their "moment" and the scene takes on more a phone sex air less the humor. It made it easier to focus on their feelings for one another rather than what they were doing. *end of blushing* 

The author used a lot of symbolism throughout the book which is something I love. There is a discussion of putting together a jig-saw puzzle which I felt perfectly symbolized the developing relationship between Russ and Sarah. They talk of assembling a puzzle without knowing what the image on the pieces look like, basically putting one together when it's pieces have been spray painted black. You don't get a clear view of what the individual pieces looks like or what the final picture on the puzzle will be. In a way, that's what happening with Russ and Sarah - their building a relationship without knowing much about each others background or what the relationship will be when they're complete. While such a task may take more time and be more difficult cultivating/piecing together, it is ultimately more satisfying. Also, Russ' wife's wedding dress seemed to represent Russ' feelings for his wife who died. When Sarah took it out of the closet, aired it out, and suggested he give it to his sister-in-law, I felt it symbolized what he was doing with his feelings for his former wife. In a way, he was airing out his feelings, letting go of the past, and moving on like the dress.

I admit I didn't like Sarah and Russ as much to begin with as I did towards the end of the book. Initially, Russ seemed a bit too needy. In fact, I asked in our Goodreads discussion if the roles were reversed and Sarah acted like Russ would the male character be turned off by her actions? We all agreed he would. Eventually, however, Russ seemed to come up to snuff and let his inner alpha out. Sarah was hard to read at first and it wasn't until later that I really got to know her and find out what happened. I originally felt she was a bit cold, and while some of the initial things she did were not totally forgivable, they were understandable. 

On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one gets a SHOWER rating - a cold shower may be necessary after reading this book. Need I say more? I believe some books should come with a warning - make sure your significant other is handy or your shower is in working order. Overall, I gave this one 4 out of 5 roses.  

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