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Contemporary
The Flavor Of Summer
By Zee
Oct 1, 2008 - 12:14:56 AM

David Green met Ariel Sanborn in high school. He was a geek; she was what everyone termed as ‘the school slut’. David however knew there was more to Ariel, but high school comes and goes without him taking a step in the direction of the girl who occupies all his fantasies.


David bumps into Ariel at their ten year reunion and this time does indeed find out there is more to Ariel – she is sexually submissive, and will do anything the man dominating her tells her to.

David wants her, but he isn’t sure he is the man – the Dom – she needs. Can Ariel change his mind? And even more important, what happens after their night of passion? After all, life is not confined to a bedroom. Will they be able to face all it has to throw their way?

I went into this story expecting a so-so buildup before the D/s sex scenes took place. How wrong Ms. Marlowe proved me to be! Rarely have I come across characters that jump off the page as they do in THE FLAVOR OF SUMMER.

David is a nice guy, sweet and oftentimes, so insecure and hesitating he tugs at the heartstrings of the female reader. This man is driven by his own personal convictions and no outside factor will make him change his mind. This is especially true where Ariel is concerned. With her, he emerges as a modern version of Prince Charming, a man who sweeps her off her feet because he sees her for who she is inside and not the shameless woman everyone visualizes her as.

Ariel is a woman confident in her own skin and beliefs, and Ms. Marlowe makes this fact apparent through the strength of Ariel's character. However, Ariel is a young woman who is looking for something no one is willing to give her – a chance. When David comes along, she isn’t prepared for the storm that takes over her life.

Ms. Marlowe paints a world that screams with accuracy. Emotions grab you on the edge of your seat, and hope starts to beat in your heart. Will these two have their reunion this time? The world of D/s is beautifully portrayed, and it is very commendable that Ms. Marlowe wrote about the lifestyle as it is and as it takes place, and didn’t glamorize it or stretch it into what most may believe it to be.


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