1 out of 4 stars
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"It was 12 July early morning, 6:00 a.m. to be exact, when I noticed a stunning hunk of a man arriving at a residence just across the street from me. I could hardly believe my eyes." Thus began the steamy, hot erotica novel that is The Art of The Deal by The Author Mr. De, which primarily follows Nicole, a successful, happily-married Black woman. Nicole's first encounter with Styles, who just finished serving in Iraq, had her imagining all she could do with this fine specimen of a man. She has to consider her husband's feelings, but his constant trips out of town for work do not help alleviate the loneliness she feels at times. What do you get when you put two lonely, vibrant, and sexually attractive people together?
One thing that stands out in this book is the level of description employed in the sex scenes. The author spares no detail, putting you directly in the room with the couple while they fully explore each other physically and emotionally. The author hopes to provide readers with sexual stimulation and different means of release, and in that regard, the book fully fulfilled my expectations in some of the scenes, especially at the beginning. Nevertheless, I cannot think of any other aspect of the book I liked.
While I understand that the book's nature and focus on the sex scenes, the storytelling, plot development, and character depth were severely lacking. Concerning storytelling, the author seemed to have exhausted his vocabulary after the first sex scene to the point that subsequent scenes seemed to employ the same words and expressions in conveying the characters' actions and emotions. Also, after each sex scene, Nicole had a friend, Tamera, who she confided in by narrating the events we just experienced in the previous scene. It got tiring reading each sex scene twice and sometimes thrice.
Furthermore, I did not find any attractive qualities in the main characters besides their physical appearances. Their constant and insatiable need for sex felt inauthentic, and there was nothing to draw readers closer to or help them relate to the characters. More could have been done to highlight other aspects of their lives or explore Nicole's reluctance to have sex with Styles despite their strong connection because of her marriage. This would have added some much-needed suspense to the story. Instead, Nicole couldn't even think for herself and went along with whatever Styles wanted on many occasions.
There are also several plot holes, as Nicole having all that free time was not consistent with someone that had a six-figure paying job, and Nicole constantly confessing her love for her husband and how he provided for and treated her well physically and emotionally didn't add up when I considered how easy it was for her to cheat and that it was occasionally mentioned that she was unhappy. Nicole's friend, Tamera, could have also acted as a moral compass for her to add more spice to the story, but both characters were exactly the same, as Tamera encouraged her.
In addition, The Art of The Deal is not professionally edited. I found numerous errors while reading through the text. Some readers may also find it a bit difficult to understand the use of African-American vernacular in the dialogue, even though I enjoyed it and applaud the author's work in that aspect. All things considered, I rate The Art of The Deal 1 out of 4 stars. I can only recommend it to mature readers who enjoy reading sex stories, but a lot of work is required in the book's overall execution.
The Art of The Deal
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