Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Spice of Life: Book 1: The Transformation

The Spice of Life: Book 1: The Transformation by Jake Furie Lapin

The Spice of Life (or TSOL, to fans) follows Jake Furie Lapin, a 37-year-old sexaholic and loving Dom. As the first book in a three-part series, TSOL explores Jake’s transformation from a submissive, out-of-shape man, stuck in a sexless marriage, to a strong, successful, fit, loving Dom. This first book follows Jake as he describes his many sexual adventures, in great detail, to Kelli, his sex therapist. 

Kelli Lemberg is a successful sex therapist who has an office-based practice in Manhattan. Like Jake, Kelli finds herself trapped in a marriage that is lacking heat and passion. Through her sex therapy sessions with Jake, Kelli begins to undergo an amazing transformation of her own, as she uncovers and explores the depths of her own inner sexuality and sensual fire.


2.0 out of 5 stars Told, not Shown.November 18, 2014
This review is from: The Spice of Life: Book 1: The Transformation (Kindle Edition)
**Reviewed for EBooks Galore**
Kelli is a sex therapist stuck in a marriage as pitiful as those of her clients. Unhappy with her life, she decides to join an adultery-driven dating site. At the same time she meets Jake, her newest client and walking sex on a stick. As she learns Jake's back story she finds herself ever more drawn to the mysterious Dom. This book is the first in what will be a multi-book series. While it doesn't finish, it doesn't end in a cliffhanger, either.
I wanted to like this book. I didn't hate Kelli for looking for love elsewhere; the author does a fantastic job showing us that no amount of "trying harder" will fix her broken marriage, and her husband Paul is not sympathetic or even likeable. I found Jake's behavior largely believable as an erotic male protagonist, aside from his novel-length discourse of his past sexual history.
Ultimately, it was this history that made give this book only two stars. There are a half-dozen encounters with different women; each one is described by Jake instead of letting us "see" what happened. The entire story violates the basic "show, don't tell" rule of writing. Reading his narrative (complete with exaggerated descriptions of both his prowess and his physical form) was like watching paint dry. I wanted to be IN the scene with him as it was happening, not reading a dry recitation after the fact. I feel like the author has the chops to write those adventures out as flashback scenes; I'm not sure why he didn't. In all, it was enough to put me off reading any further work by this author.
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