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One kinky doctor + one indecent proposal = one life-changing week in Paris
Elaine Watkins, Public Relations Advisor, is surprised when she receives a summons from the very attractive and enigmatic Dr. Xavier Vincent. She worships the talented physician and company icon responsible for developing the cure that saved her sister’s life and isn’t immune to his charm. Even though puzzled by his request, she is excited and eager to get started on his latest project.
But Dr. Vincent has other ideas. Instead of discussing cures, drugs and marketing strategies, he asks Elaine to join him in Paris to indulge his unique sexual appetites.
Torn between gratitude for saving her sister, her attraction for the powerful man and compromising her pre-conceived notions of sexuality, she must decide if it’s easier to feed his desires or walk away. Until she devises a plan of her own.
[Full disclosure: I requested and received a free ebook through Masquerade Tours’ Reader Round-Up in exchange for an honest review.]
When I read erotica, I generally don’t review it because most of it isn’t really worth reviewing. When I read Dr. Vincent I knew I’d have to do a review but my expectations were still very low. I certainly didn’t expect to find anything resembling a story, let alone an interesting story with a decent plot, plot twists and realistic characters.
Elaine Watkins is a complicated woman. She hasn’t had an easy life what with her sister nearly dying of cancer and her love life not exactly being great. Elaine feels that she owes a great deal to Dr. Xavier for developing the cure that actually saved her sister’s life but that’s not really why she accepts his ethically questionable proposal. (You do have to ignore the ethical dilemma of a client asking for an employee from the company he’s dealing with.) She does it in part because of her attraction to the man but also out of curiosity because of her previously boring love life. What she doesn’t expect is that throughout the week in Paris she actually begins to fall in love with the enigmatic yet damaged man.
This is where I was kind of surprised because Curing Doctor Vincent has a plot. As Elaine begins to fall in love with Dr. Xavier she realizes that he has reasons for being very secretive about his childhood and his first marriage and that maybe he isn’t all that he appears to be. No one is perfect and even an insanely rich and powerful man has his own insecurities. I don’t want to give anything away but let’s just say that the good doctor’s first wife was far from the angel he makes her out to be. Some of the plot twists surrounding his mysterious past and personality I saw coming but a lot of them were fairly unpredictable.
What impressed me the most was Renea Mason’s writing. Some erotica just makes you laugh out loud with how cheesy it is even before you get to the sex scenes. But Curing Doctor Vincent was surprisingly well-written. I thought some of the secondary characters were just a little too perfect to believe but on the whole I never really had an “Are you kidding me?” moment. The sex scenes were quite steamy and they were balanced out with the regular scenes where Elaine and Xavier’s attraction to each other grows as they spend time together touring Paris or just talking. It was a perfect balance, really.
So while this wasn’t the greatest, most believable book I’ve ever read it was surprisingly good and I think Renea Mason definitely deserves credit for that. If the blurb has intrigued you, go ahead and buy it!
I give this book 4/5 stars.