Friday, February 11, 2011

Review: Past Pleasures (Desire Through Time #1) by Charlotte Stein

Synopsis (via Goodreads):
When Kate agrees to a mad experiment with something as insane as time travel, she expects exactly what Professor Waites had suggested: dystopian nightmares and possible barbarians.

So when she finds herself in a future where women no longer exist and the men have no idea what they’ve been missing, she can’t seem to catch her breath.

Especially when the men in question—the darkly handsome Tem, and his starkly beautiful companion Aley, are so curious and so ready to learn everything she has to teach—including all the past pleasures they never knew existed.
My Thoughts: This is one of those books that's more about the sex than the plot.  Which isn't necessarily a bad thing.  It's just the way it is.  You can look at it this way: if you're looking for some steamy, fairly light reading, you've found it.

Kate pops into a barren, woman-less future and becomes enamoured of the two men she encounters there.  She's drawn to their oddly innocent sexuality and the pleasure they find in her and in each other.  It's funny that a book that is basically all about sex can give the two male main characters such an innocent outlook on life.  It was sweet, really.

My one complaint would have to be that this story felt very claustrophobic.  I don't know if I can explain it any differently than that.  The bulk of the narrative takes place in Tem and Aley's apartment-type place in the future.  There are a few scenes back in Kate's time but those are brief and sparsely detailed and you never get a real sense of the world that Kate came from.  Tem and Aley's world is likewise hidden from us.  They make reference to some things outside of the confines of their home, but all Kate's experiences happen within those walls.  It keeps the focus of the story very narrow and I do think it would have been nice to see snippets of the outside world and the way things have carried on and changed in it.

Look, it's a sexy time-traveling adventure.  There's really not too much more than can be said.

More books by Charlotte Stein

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge (IMM 12/26/10)

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