Review Redux Eden Bradley: THE LOVERS

Originally Posted 9/28/10 at: http://fangswandsandfairydust.blogspot.com/2010/09/even-beautifully-written-lovers-by-eden.html

I was trying to read an erotic romance this week that I simply couldn’t finish so I decided to look back to around this time of year my first year blogging and find some I really had liked.  I was just thinking about this book the other day. I wanted to look up some more books by Eden. When I saw the page today I realized she had quoted my review on the book page on her website!

Even Beautifully Written The Lovers by Eden Bradley Sizzles

The Lovers by Eden Bradley, CoverThe Lovers

Eden Bradley  (http://edenbradley.com/)
Harlequin Spice
Publication Date: 11/01/2010
currently available in e-book and audio formats

Spoilers but they won’t spoil the story! Provided by publisher or author for review. No remuneration  was exchanged and all opinions are my own except as noted.

Description

It seemed ideal —two months at a charming writers’ retreat, surrounded by kindred souls. But Bettina Boothe wasn’t prepared for just how long eight weeks truly was. Or that in the process, she would have to open up and reveal the most secret places in her body and soul.
Fortunately, her fellow authors do not share Bettina’s self-consciousness and begin to draw her out of her self-imposed shell. One in particular—Audrey LeClaire—seems to ooze confidence and self-assuredness. Dark and petite, Audrey’s potent sensuality draws the men and women in the workshop to her like flies to honey. Bettina is just as vulnerable, finding herself overwhelmed by a very unexpected attraction to Audrey who makes Bettina her special project.But when Jack Curran arrives at the retreat, everything changes. Jack is tall, beautiful, masculine. A writer of dark thrillers, he is as mysterious and alluring as his books. He and Audrey are obviously an item, but they eagerly welcome Bettina into their bed. Suddenly Bettina finds herself swept up in a maelstrom of lust, obsession and jealousy, torn between her need for two very different people in a love triangle where she will either be cherished…or consumed.  http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=22563&cid=373

First, let me say that I went into reading this book thinking it would be the same old, same old. I was almost immediately surprised by the depth of the emotions written and the quality of the writing.  I really enjoyed this book. Really!

Beautifully written, The Lovers by Eden Bradley is a therapist’s dream of relationship and self-analysis interspersed with blisteringly hot sex and lovemaking. The characters herein distinguish between the casual sex of self-destructive personalities and that wrought by two or even three people developing a relationship through flawed personalities and baggage at a summer long writers’ retreat on the California coast. The main female character is Bettina, a woman seeking to heal from indifferent professorial parents and is pretty well drawn with associated fears and fragility. The male protagonist is Jack, another write with some success who is so afraid of repeating his father’s infidelities that he refuses to become committed to anyone: no commitment = no infidelity.

Bettina’s need for distance in relationships seems associated with some molestation by a friend of her parents, but her behavior is fairly dissociative, even has OCD.

The antagonist is Audrey, an ethereally charismatic bi-sexual who flits from one person and persons to another, leaving people who feel abandoned in the wake of her startling focus and even more startling lightning-fast change in focus. After seducing Bettina into her first female/female relationship she turns her light on Jack, and leaves a pathetic Bettina for a bit. Then she and Jack seduce Bettina into a ménage after which Audrey switches focus onto a gorgeous guy renting the next house on the beach.

Jack and Bettina console each other with Bettina wanting a relationship after and Jack claiming he doesn’t, that that is not his way. Perhaps the soul searching and chest beating goes on a bit long but Bradley inserts awesome sex in between bouts so the angst is forgiven because Bradley is a magician at writing sex.

Worth it?  You bet! If you don’t want to get up close and personal with your partner after, or while you’re reading, you have some issues to examine – or you just need another hot book by this super-scribe.