Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 80-85,000 words
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A mother and grandmother, this is Canadian K.D. McLean’s first book. She wrote it after catching “the writing bug” and calls it the “most intensive and difficult thing” she’s “undertaken in life outside of childbirth.”
“Oh Lord Kill Me Now, thinks Rachel tossing back another bottom feeder of the internet dating Pond. Enter Michael (yes, Mr. Right), a writer with a bag of tricks sparking her interest. Until Michael, Rachel thought vanilla was only a baking ingredient. Together they trip along in a sometimes hilarious journey of sensuality. Will gun-shy Michael allow himself to free fall in love yelling Geronimo?”
I think the best description of The Story of Rachel would be erotic romance. It’s much spicier than most romance novels, possibly as much as some erotica, yet has a story arc that fits the romance genre and a plot with more meat to it than most straight erotica.
The hero and heroine are complex characters, each with a history and experience much different from each other that provides both contrast and works well with the story. Some interesting minor characters also add a lot to the story. There were occasional rough spots, primarily telling us something not important to the story (“Over garlic bread and pasta, a friendship germinated, which would continue to grow for the rest of their lives …”) or that we should figure out on our own (“It wasn't a complete lie, but Annik wasn't ready to disclose everything about herself”). Yet, even the rough spots weren’t that rough.
Adult language and sexual situations.
A small number of copyediting and proofing misses.
Rating: **** Four stars