Recently Crissy and I received an email that caught my eye asking if we’d be interested in reading and possibly reviewing a book by a first time author KD McLean, The Story of Rachel. With everything else we have going on, I was reluctant to add something else to the pile, until I read through the email, here’s a little taste:
“Virgin author is seeking out book reviewer for possible long term relationship. An exclusive relationship is not necessary. Willing to start a long distance relationship providing an appreciation of the absurdities of life is present. I’ll tickle your fancy as long as you respect me in the morning, and you won’t even have to call. I’ll be satisfied with an email- I’m that easy.
Not interested in long walks, nor wine by the fireplace; let’s get down to business! I prefer a strictly cyber relationship. I’ll toss shame to the wind and spread my covers for your hungry eyes…”
KD had me at “Virgin”…
The Story of Rachel is an ebook approximately 80,000 words long about 36 year old Rachel, a writer in her mid 30s who after one failed marriage and a string of worsening candidates from online dating sites, is looking for her true match, one she can share all of her world with. You definitely can tell this book was inspired by the author reading EL James’ Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, what with the main character having “tinder box” and “Ladylike” as her internal voices of good and bad (but in a good way).
For me, the relationship between Rachel and her new lover interest, Michael, moves a little too fast, with Rachel a little too willing to trust a man she almost knows nothing about: But, with 80,000 words, you need to cut to the chase. There is some cheesy inner dialogue at times but that is part of the fun of the read.
If you’re looking for a quick read, this might be the book for you.
Here is the official blurb taken from the website:
The Story of Rachel
by KD McLean
Rachel Collins is praying. And not for world peace. Thirty six years old and single, her prayer is self-centered. “Kill me now, Lord,” she pleads during her latest attempt to meet Mr. Right via the internet.
She’s not hoping for a billionaire or even a millionaire, just a guy who can strike a spark to her tinder! Is she asking too much? She’s a great gal! Just ask her parents! She might be a bit naive about some things, but capable enough- she’s a correspondent for a major magazine, after all. So there!
On assignment she meets Michael, 42 years old, also a writer. The attraction is immediate and intense. Rachel, who sees vanilla as only a baking ingredient, enchants him. Michael can whip up some pretty hot delights himself, outside of the kitchen. He introduces a curious Rachel to powerful experiences of sensuality. Her Ladylike sense of propriety engages in a running battle with her now sparked Tinderbox desires.
Michael is an excellent cook and knows how to turn up the heat. Sampling the flavors offered, Rachel experiences humorous hiccups. On a date, Michael ramps up the risqué, resulting in a memorable skirt swirling salsa dance. Rachel’s “What the hell, I ain’t getting any younger” attitude spurs Michael to take her to the exclusive, adults only club Pandora’s. Here, Rachel witnesses even more variations of earthly delights, and begins a lifelong friendship with another guest.
Michael is a realist, convinced that within 90 days, his affair with Rachel will be but another painful memory of loss. He is neither willing nor able to yell ‘Geronimo’ and fall for her. He can’t, and that’s that.
Maybe he should just get a damn dog.
This modern, urban, grown up love story is a recipe –three cups romance and one cup of slapdash humor. Blend in spices of eroticism, and beat until smooth.
Find out more on KD’s website.
Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was given to the reader with the expectation that they would write a fair and honest review of it.
Have any of you read this book yet? What did you think of it?