3 out of 4 stars
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Savannah is dissatisfied with all aspects of her existence: her job, her marriage, and her love life. Something is lacking. Lost and Love: Thailand by Stella Knights tells the story of Savannah’s quest to find that missing piece. In her tedious job at an insurance call center, Savannah sees a poster for the staff competition, an all-expenses-paid trip to Thailand. Knowing that her own performance is lackluster and she would never win, she decides to make the journey happen herself.
Her husband, Johnny, seems like a basically nice guy. He is a momma’s boy and work-obsessed, but he still actually seems to put effort into their marriage. Savannah’s biggest frustration is in the bedroom where Johnny says all the right things at the beginning but then forgets to make sure she is satisfied as well. She easily convinces him that the trip to Thailand would be a great thing, and they schedule it.
After downloading her frustration to her friend Pam, Pam takes her to an adult store to purchase things to spice up her love life. Savannah comes up with a plan of seduction for her trip, but once they are in Thailand, her husband adds some spice she had never considered. This addition makes the whole story take a new turn.
My reaction to this story was mixed. I felt like Savannah’s dissatisfaction with life was mostly her fault, but she blamed it on everyone else. Basically, she does a lot of whining. There are several ways where her marriage seems super healthy: Sunday nights where they cook together, appreciative words that he tells her, and a strong attraction to each other. She only focuses on the negative parts: that he is always on his phone, that his mother is a pain, etc. There is a lot of explaining how she feels about his actions rather than just letting the experience speak for itself. Johnny seemed somewhat passive-aggressive through most of the book, which bothered me in two ways. First, it wasn’t clear why she bows to his will on everything, and then I found his extreme reaction at the end somewhat unbelievable, compared to his previous actions. But on the positive side, I have to say that the erotic scenes were very well done, with a healthy dose of steamy description mixed with a well-crafted emotional connection. So while I was initially leaning towards just 2 stars, I changed my rating to a 3 out of 4 stars as I entered into the later love scenes.
This book would be enjoyed by a reader who appreciates very descriptive and sensual love scenes. They would also need to enjoy some non-traditional interaction. Be warned that the ending is 100% cliffhanger.
Lost and Love: Thailand (Book One of the Lost and Love Series)
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