Friday, August 5, 2011

Cougar Friday: Keeping Pace by Dee Carney

Title:  Keeping Pace
Author: Dee Carney
My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Regina & Josh
Release Date: June 2011
Publisher: Samhain
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $4.39
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
One spark could burn her world down.

Six years after her husband’s death, Regina Pace is still just going through the motions, her only pleasure a nightly glass (or three) of wine to dull the ache. Tonight is no exception—until a sensual outdoor encounter with her neighbor’s son, freshly home from college. He’s older, wiser, more devastatingly handsome than she remembered. He’s also fifteen years her junior.

Despite her misgivings, it isn’t long before her nightly ritual includes a long, deep drink of Josh Smith. Ogling leads to touching, then the sparks flare into an erotic encounter that feels wickedly right—and deliciously forbidden.

Yet the intense heat can’t burn away the doubt pestering the back of her mind. That the gap between their ages is too large, even for the most determined leap of faith…
Features a boy-next-door who won’t take no for an answer, more than one sexual fantasy (including some outdoor self-loving!), and a burning romance that proves age is just a number.

My Review:
Okay, yes, this is an erotic love story featuring a cougar-style relationship (26 vs. 41), but OMG, it was a really gorgeous story. Regina is a 41 yo widow. Josh is a 26 yo grad student (on the verge of his PhD in physics) house-sitting for his parents for the summer in the house next door to Regina's. His initial contact with her was: him- by the pool masturbating in his backyard; her- standing on her deck watching, but...wait for it- he knew that she was there. Yup....HOT!!

Josh has grown up thinking that she was the hot lady next door, but now she's sad all the time and he's made it his mission to rectify that. They mesh. They talk easily. They have a good time together- both in and out of bed. But she sees them as simply a fling- the age difference is too big of an obstacle in her mind. But Josh views this as something much more serious.

15 years is a big difference especially when the girl is the older one. IT was fun to watch Regina get her eyes, mind, and heart opened up to what exactly she was throwing away with Josh by not taking him seriously.

Josh is ernest, in love, and all-in for this relationship. He doesn't understand Regina's reticence even after she is mistaken for his mother. He refuses to see the issues and the issues are all that Regina can see. But beyond that, they are so perfect for each other. They connect, both physically & emotionally, perfectly.

It's a really gorgeous love story and I enjoyed every aspect of it. It's fun to read a story where the guy is absolutely the pursuer in the relationship. 


Amanda @ On a Book Bender said...

The older woman/younger man relationship reminds me of a friend of my boyfriend's. He's 29/30, she's 41. :)

Paperback Daydreamer (Deanna) said...

That is hot! The whole him masturbating knowing she's watching but he doesn't stop. How entertaining. :-P My initial reaction to cougar stories is never good. (Try being left by a 28 year old for a 43 year old divorced woman...not good thoughts). But some of these stories sound so good...I might need to check them out one day.