16 August 2014

A Perfect Dream by Raven J. Spencer

 Sex and politics can be an explosive combination. Beatrice, wife to a conservative lobbyist, can’t imagine being out in the open about her preferences and orientation, but lucky for her, there’s A Perfect Dream. Secret parties that only the privileged have access to fulfill every fantasy and need she can think of. Beatrice didn’t expect to meet Sage, a woman who not only satisfies her in every way, but challenges everything Beatrice has believed about herself so far.

Due to graphic scenes of erotic nature, this book is not suitable for minors under the age of 18.

I was able to read this in an hour or so giving credit for the smooth read but also it is a very short novella, under 50 pages.  The plot idea was fantastic but it lost the zeal for me with the quick tour through the scenes.  The author did create characters and show us who they are with enough detail I felt like I got to know them as well as possible with the short story but the lack of scene description made it very hard to feel like I understood or could see the story as I went.
Bea was married to a politician who was vocal about anti homosexuality. They were married in name only and didn’t have an intimate relationship, or even friendship.  She did the perfect Barbie duty, stood by his side and smiled when told to and answered any questions with prepared answers.  Secretly inside her was a woman desiring the sexual activity with other women, beginning with Piper.  The ladies took off for a weekend getaway to A Perfect Dream Club, where women come together, no questions asked, privacy guaranteed and have as many sexual experiences with other women as your body would allow.
Bea meets Sage and can’t get her mind off the time they spent together so she goes searching to find her after their sexual encounter.  She begins to open up to Sage and regrets that the weekend is going to be over in a few short hours and she will have to leave Sage and the memories behind.  Once she returns home things just aren’t as easy to adjust to as before.  Her heart is with another person and pretending was hard but who was she hurting but herself?  Eventually she comes across a person who reminds her that by “supporting” her husband who is openly against homosexuality, she is hurting more than herself. She was forced to realize that others are out in society fighting and taking abuse for her right to sneak off for the weekend because of people like her husband.  It is time to make a decision and that is what Bea is going to have to do. 
I really enjoyed the book due to the message the author was trying to present but I felt that the scenes at the club were lacking.  I didn’t need more details of the sex, but I would have loved more emotion and intensity that would have matched my vision of how a club like that really is. The club part of the book fell flat for me as did the connection Bea said she felt for Sage.  The words were there, the emotions weren’t  therefore making it hard for me to believe she was that serious about her.  I would recommend this for a lunch time read if you are into an hour of erotic escape but make sure you pay attention to the message at the end of the book.   


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