Not long ago I read Wanderlust by Skye Warren. It was a pretty intense read and after I finished it I was in the mood for more from this author but not quite ready for something as dark as Wanderlust was. I came across a short story written by the author called Beauty Touched the Beast. It was a free read so I picked up. It’s an erotic story without the darkness some of her other books have. Here is a brief summary:
Erin is a college student earning money working as a maid during her last semester of college. She cleans house for Blake Morris who is a former soldier who was wounded and disfigured during the war. Blake is a recluse due to his shame of his disfigurement but enjoys having Erin come to clean his home. Erin enjoys the visits as well since she has a very serious crush on Blake. When she makes an unexpected visit, she inadvertently walks in on him masturbating. Embarrassed she begins to back out of the room until she hears him moan her name. Things get awkward, then hot, then from there a they begin an intense sexual relationship that is bound to develop into more.
This was a very sexy read, but way too short. I was a little intrigued when I realized the author was continuing Blake and Erin’s story in serial format. Intrigued because I like the author’s voice and I look forward to reading a contemporary erotic tale that was not as dark as her other works I’ve read. But I’m a little hesitant because I’m not overly fond of the serial format.
Beneath the Beauty picks up soon after Beauty Touched the Beast left off. Erin and Blake are continuing their affair and growing closer emotionally as Blake works through his issues about being disfigured. When he is offered a position at the university Erin attends, she encourages him to take it. This is a great opportunity for him to begin rejoining society again and could be a major step in his recovery. But it could be dangerous for their relationship. A professor dating a student is against the rules and neither is willing to give up on their relationship. With Erin’s encouragement, Blake accepts the position and together they take the good (sneaky office sex) and the bad (jealous past lover) day by day.
In Beneath the Beauty we get to know a little about about Erin and her past. She comes from a humble background, is in college on a partial scholarship and loans and is working to earn money for the rest. She’s one semester away from finishing but I suspect there will be trouble ahead for her before all is said and done. Blake’s former lover has reemerged and seems set on rekindling their affair even though she’s the one that ended it after Blake was wounded.
What’s an erotic story without the sexy times right? Skye Warren delivers a some very sensual, sexy scenes. One to get the story going, one to make sure taking that professor the job was well worth it *wink, wink* and another so that we have something to cling to until the next installment. 🙂 Professor Blake might have lost a little confidence in life but he’s still a stud in the bedroom.
Well, what can I say? I’m still not fond of the serial format. I ended this book not feeling completely satisfied because I felt just when things got rolling, it was over and now I have to wait. Impatience is me. That said, I’m really looking forward to knowing what’s ahead for Blake and Erin and so I will be picking up the next installment.
Broken Beauty will be out in June and you can still get the first (short story) installment – Beauty Touched The Beast – for free.
She had one more stop to make before she left campus.
Professor Morris. The name made her flush with sexual heat. Probably because she’d called him that when he went down on her last night.