Reviewed by: Pete Barber
Genre: Mystery/Erotic Romance
Approximate word count: 85,000-90,000 words
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Diana Hunter has published eleven BDSM-themed novels including Shooting Star. She writes in other genres under pen names: CF Duprey (historical fiction), Diana Allandale (straight romance and short stories) and Mystic Shade (for the shadier sides of our desires).
The small town of Davison becomes the location for a major motion picture shoot. The story follows the interaction between the locals and the film crew and actors.
The author did a nice job describing the ‘small-town’ feel of Davison, particularly the downtown café where many of the connections between the film crew and locals were made. The main characters were believable with strong, interesting back-stories, which added color and depth. A believable and interesting plot moved along at a nice clip delivering a well-written murder mystery during which the two main female characters became romantically involved with the star and co-star of the movie.
With one couple, a more traditional romantic relationship developed. The other pair experimented with bondage and more risqué sexual activities. However, the story never felt like an excuse for delivering sex scenes, rather the characters acted out their attraction within the natural flow of the story-arc.
This was a fun fast read. I confess to skipping through the later sex scenes, but it didn’t stop me enjoying the story. So if you’d like to try this genre, this would be a good place to start, dip a toe into the BDSM or not, as you see fit.
Not enough to distract from the story.
Adult sexual scenes including consensual sadomasochism.
Rating: **** Four stars