Tempting Taylor
Joan Elizabeth Lloyd
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Tempting Taylor
Joan Elizabeth Lloyd
288 pages
June 2009
rated 2 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Once again, The Madam of Maple Court is back in action. Though the escort and fantasy service with which she is partnered is located in the city, Pamís magnificent home on Maple Court in a more costly and influential suburb of New York has proven to be the perfect setting for hosting professional parties, unusual gatherings, and fulfilling some of the more outdoor-type fantasies that an old brownstone in the city can't accurately portray. Pamís eye and intuition for the perfect women to fit her line of her work has yet to be mistaken, and now her sights are set on Taylor.

Taylor has just recently gotten out of a bad relationship with one good thing going for it: an insatiable lover. Having gotten used to that kind of attention, Taylor finds herself missing it as the lonely weeks pass by. The invite to house-sit her best friendís fatherís house for nearly a year sounds like a great change to her current situation. If she knew the even greater changes to come, would she still accept the charge of house-sitting on Maple Court?

Becoming a courtesan isn't something Taylor has on her list of things to do with her life - the stereotypes surrounding such a life are to overwhelming for her to get past. However, meeting Pam and seeing the life she leads quickly brings all her barriers down. Pam is as normal as Taylor can imagine: her home is beautiful, her body and face are attractive but hardly bombshell quality, her personality is likeable, and she is talented in many ways that make her an asset outside the bedroom. After getting over the initial shock, Taylor finds herself warming to the idea and the people who make the fantasy world of so many men their livelihood.

Taking the plunge and performing her first fantasy fulfillment is a terrifying leap for Taylor. So much about the hot, steamy world of another personís fantasies are daunting when an outsider tries to enact them. Add in the extremes, bondage games, and the unexpected - finding the shared pleasure for both participants proves to be more addictive to Taylor than she could ever have predicted.

Lloyd definitely knows how to write hot, steamy, and creatively erotic. Her characters are interesting, and the story is fluid enough to keep an audience attentive. Unfortunately, prostitution and a healthy sexual appetite as the primary objectives within a plot are rather limiting for the emotional connection of the readers. There is little to the erotic dalliances not seen in every other romance novel, and the emotionally passionless sessions are more like the mating of animals in need of physical release than anything else. The transition of the protagonist from a corporate go-getter to an emotionally and physically rewarded courtesan is a little disconcerting.

Tempting Taylor does not have much to recommend itself and sends out terrible messages in support of the opposite of all we ever teach ourselves, and our children, about relationships between two people within a marriage or relationship, or on the periphery of someone elseís.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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