The Shadow Box by Alexis Ke
Title: The Shadow Box
Author: Alexis Ke
Sub-Genre(s): Erotic, contemporary, M/F
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Publication Date: November 1, 2011
Format: eBook from Author
Rating: 4 Cups
Afryca Leigh spent her entire adult life living and thinking IT. When she wasn’t at work fixing and tweaking computer tech, she was at home playing it. Life was good. That was, until she realized there was more to the guy next door, the best buddy who she’d known almost her entire life. Now she wants more. Her thoughts during the day and dreams at night are filled with images of Simon Ellery doing things to her she never thought possible. But dreams are just that… dreams. She knows he doesn’t see her the same way and no way is she stepping over the line of friendship. After all, she tries to convince herself, she’d rather have a good friend. Who’s she fooling?
Simon Ellery kept his secrets just that… secret. No one knew the true man hidden behind the glasses and the cocky smile. But, Afryca Leigh is stirring things in him he thought she shouldn’t. After all she was the girl next door, a friend for as long as he could remember. What her quietly simple voice did to him was impossible to put words to it. It was dangerous. And this time it’s more than plain old lust. But will she accept him for who he is, every exciting secret? Will she accept he touch of his hands and the flick of his tongue or will his secrets run her away.
Reader Alert! : Afryca didn’t know entering the Shadow Box would send her secret desires into a whirlwind of sexual pleasure. The one man she’s dreamt about has spiraled her into a glorious, tantalizing awareness she didn’t think possible. Beware. When reading this story make sure you have two things available. 1. A tall ice cold glass of water and two a change of under ware because you will definitely overheat in the best way.
To My Readers: One day when I got to work one of my co-workers walked in with an abrasion on her forehead. I immediately started joking her about using a pillow under her face the next time. She immediately blushed a bright red, which she always did when anything sexy or sensual came into the subject. She immediately told me that she fell out of bed the night before, actually giving herself a concussion from hitting her head on the dresser. After I made sure she was okay, I broke out in giddy laughter. I didn’t care what she told me, the story that popped in my head was the Shadow Box. I’ve had some really vivid dreams, myself, as any red blooded woman has. So this brought on the birth of my story. What a wonderful mix, a sexually healthy female who’s had the hots for her best friend for years. Something has to give
Ke has a great premise started here with Afryca and Simon's mutual love interest but the plot becomes too familiar as Afryca spots Simon, who works a second job at an exclusive adult club, when she visits the club over two hours away from her home. The final twist having Simon waiting for her in her very apartment was a nice ending, one I was not expecting.
Ke's writing style is unique and I love how she develops the characters individually. They have a history that is spelled out and believable. Ke uses very descriptive details throughout the entire novella and left me satisfied with her woven tale of two friends who wanted more from their relationship.
I would recommend this fast-paced read for lovers of erotic romance!