The Experiment

Author: Elliot Mabeuse

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

Release Date: April 19, 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Zoe Alexander has lived her life on autopilot since the disastrous break up with her ex-boyfriend. She's lost interest in many things, including her own looks and sex . . . well maybe not sex entirely. Zoe's working a dead-end job as a waitress and living in a run down apartment so being offered money to participate in an experiment seems way too good to be true.

'The Doctor' has been researching motivation, sexuality, and desire. He keeps his identity carefully hidden by using light and darkness. He's obviously rich, judging by the Doctor's willingness to pay astronomical amounts of money for each of his requests but he only observes Zoe during these sessions, never touches her. Strangely enough he seems relatively unaffected by any of the acts he requests Zoe to perform.

In the invitation that Zoe receives are the halves of seven fifty dollar bills. Zoe can't resist the lure of the invitation or the pull of the fragments of the three hundred and fifty dollars. All she has to do is show up for the initial meeting and she'll receive the other half of each of the bills. At the meeting Zoe meets Ms. Liu, the Doctor's personal assistant. Zoe learns the reason for the invitation, she's being asked to participate in an experiment. For each session, Zoe will be paid a predetermined amount just for showing up and an additional amount for fulfilling the terms of each session - no physical sex is to take place. Zoe doesn't actually meet the Doctor until she's agreed to participate - not that she actually gets to see anything more than his hands, the rest of his form is carefully kept in shadows. The first session gets far more heated than either the Doctor or Zoe expects. She's left questioning her own morals, needs, and desires and anxiously awaiting each new session with the Doctor. Would you agree to participate in a sexual study that offered you cash for each session plus an additional amount depending on the results? At what point does the money cease to matter and only the need to remain part of THE EXPERIMENT exist?

Elliot Mabeuse's THE EXPERIMENT is an intriguing venture into the human psyche. Do you ever wonder why people act the way they do? What drives people to care about their appearances, be willing to help others, or to become so depressed they're just barely functioning? Zoe became despondent after the break up with her boyfriend, but during the course of THE EXPERIMENT you watch her transform to a self confident, sexual woman who knows what she wants and is going to do everything in her power to make sure her needs are fulfilled and she also goes out of her way to help others at the same time. THE EXPERIMENT has an amazing plot that will keep readers guessing at the Doctor's real identity and what's the hidden truth behind his need to pursue the effects of each test during the course of THE EXPERIMENT.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Chrissy Dionne

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