My #bookreview of POLISHED
by Alyssa Turner
It seemed like they had everything, but they didn’t have Jack.
Without question Spencer Hartley burns hot for his girlfriend, Rory, but his other desires are hidden down deep. He might blow things up for a living and climb mountains for kicks, but the scariest thing in his life is the truth about his sexuality.
Jack Rothman works hard and plays dirty. After long, demanding days in his family’s engineering firm, he indulges in the pleasures of silk restraints and fine wine. Lots of hot meaningless sex helps him forget that he’s suffocating, with no one to give him a reason to breathe.
When a catastrophic accident traps Spencer in a flooded subway tunnel with Jack, they need each other to survive. But something strong stirs down there in the darkness, and it’s more than their desperation to live. There’s a spark between them that’s impossible to ignore.
Rory Campbell would love to give Spencer the one thing he doesn’t have, the freedom to explore his secret desires. But how does that fit into her picture-perfect relationship? When Jack invites the couple to his sprawling Hamptons beach house, Rory realizes that she has secret desires of her own—the kind only Jack’s Dominant hand across her bare bottom can satisfy…
Reader note: contains spanking, dominance and submission play, light BDSM, and male/male love elements.
One of my few guilty pleasures, other than chocolate, is a good erotica novel. Usually my reading time is filled with books I’ve promised to read for reviews. But every once in a while, I have to read for my own pleasure. The problem with erotica books, most of them are so badly written, just sex, sex, and more sex. No plot, no character development. To me, it’s like watching a porno movie. All you see is the mechanics, but no feelings between the characters and incredibly bad acting.
So last week, I was going through some of the blogs I’m subscribed too, and there was a review for this book. Sorry, but I can’t remember the blogger. Anyway, she not only talked about how steamy the book was, but how well developed the characters were. So I thought, what the hey, and bought it. I was hooked from the beginning.
We start with Rory and Spencer who are madly in love. I really adored this couple. Rory is smart and sexy, and Spencer would do anything for his woman. Plus, he’s a hunk. Then one day an accident happens and Spencer is stuck in a life-or-death situation with his boss, Jack Rothman. Jack is dark, broody,, rich and a jerk. He swings both ways, but has never let himself open to another person. He’s a one-night stand kind of lover.
As Jack and Spencer huddle together, waiting to be rescued, a spark ignites between the two of them. Both men fight this mutual attraction, each for their own reasons. But Rory sees what’s happening, and knows her man needs more than just her. What she doesn’t know, she also needs more than just Spencer.
There is a lot of amazing sexual tension in this story, and well-written sex scenes. Just when you think Jack might finally find his happiness, the conflict pops in. I’ve never read FSOG, but some of the storyline reminds me of the theme. Rich man, poor woman/man, and BDSM. But that’s where the similarities stop. This is a character driven story, not just sex, sex, and more sex. And, it’s well-written with a well-defined plot. I really enjoyed the book.
If you’re looking for a great erotic story with F/M, M/M, M/F/M, and light BDSM, you’ll love this story. I give it 5 feathers.