Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Sensualist and the Untouched by Susan Laine

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Title ~ The Sensualist and the Untouched

Author ~ Susan Laine

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 19th December 2014 

Genre ~ M/M Romance



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Being over thirty is not an issue for Corey Paige. Being frigid and a virgin, however, is a huge problem for the only son of a newspaper magnate. No matter the risk, Corey’s intent on resolving both problems in one go.
Enter Lucian Allard, a wealthy hedonist with a notorious reputation at club Boudoir—and an unconventional sexual mentoring program for those who suffer from dysfunctions. As the two men begin a sensual journey to awaken Corey’s libido, Corey’s frigid body isn't all that begins to melt. His untouched feelings also spark to life.
Though a family emergency puts a halt to awakening Corey’s senses and desires, Corey and Lucian grow closer as friends. Then an unexpected kiss from Lucian in Corey’s most desperate hour changes everything. Now Corey must decide if the program is still an aid or an obstacle to two lonely men trying to maintain a professional detachment but falling hopelessly in love.

Liza’s Review

Two total opposites - Corey a self-confessed frigid virgin and Lucian, a hedonistic slut (his words). Unlikely to ever have a connection and yet when Corey is sent to Lucian to help him overcome his problem, Lucian has a unique way of helping Corey to feel.

The dancing in the dark scene was such a beautiful idea. The scene in the bedroom was sensual in the way it was described - no sex, but definitely sensual. This book, the conversations between Lucian and Corey, were like a smorgasbord of sensual thoughts as Lucian tries to get Corey to understand about his feelings. Getting in touch with what it was like to feel. That moment when Corey sees Lucian as more than a therapist, but as a sexual being in his own right.

He wants me. I'm the object of desire.

Truly beautiful. In comparison, Corey's inner dialogue about himself is definitely not flattering and I guess that was part of Corey's problem.

Come on, you pussy. You see yourself naked every fucking day of your life!

Heather House was a lovely addition to a lovely story. A home for LGBT youths, run by Lucian, had Corey learning to feel in other ways, and it was precious the way it was described.

This is a powerful story about growth for both Lucian and Corey. Both men had to overcome the reasons they had built walls around themselves, in order for them to come together in a romantic rather than a professional sense. What I loved about the love/sex scenes were the flashes of humor that were sprinkled throughout. It wasn't all perfect and wonderful - it was real and wonderful and Susan Laine has managed to express that subtle difference beautifully.

Overall this is a perfect book for a wet rainy day, or basically any day of the week. A book that reminds you that differences don't define us and that it is always possible to evolve. I learned quite a few new facts, historical and sexual, thanks to Lucian's lectures but what I take away from this book most of all was the gift of love. It is a gift and it should be cherished. This book is now in my favorites pile, and I strongly recommend you put it in yours.

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  1. Thank you kindly for this beautiful review, Liza <3

  2. I love the synopsis! Can't wait to start this one ;-)

  3. I love the premise of this story, and I'm really looking forward to having the time to sit down with it. At this rate, that will probably be toward the end of January, but I can be patient when the payoff is as rich as I suspect this will be. Thanks for the lovely review.