Feature book: Temptation in a Bottle
Sasha is a paramedic. She enjoys her job but she’s unsettled, she doesn’t feel like she wants to be a city girl anymore, so she’s moving to a small town. Her preparations are complete but she hasn’t told anyone yet. She’s wary of relationships and prefers a love-‘em-and-leave-‘em type arrangement.Gage is an Inanu, formed from the tears of the Goddess Inanna and ‘placed in a bottle spun from starlight’. He’s a sex slave or, more accurately, a fantasy slave (although sex seems to be a large part of what he does) to whomever holds his bottle. He’s tired though, and wants out, he needs to be more than a slave to someone else’s desires or fantasies. He’s OK if it brings death, but he’s determined to destroy his bottle and break his chains (metaphorically on the chains, literally with the bottle).
Gage is torn between giving Sasha what she wants and gaining his freedom, however that ends. Sasha wants a fling but feels she will become too emotionally attached to Gage. Circumstances don’t let her walk away from Gage.
‘No, no, no and hell no, the book did not finish there’ were my actual thoughts on finishing this eighty-page novella. Don’t get me wrong, there was some very enjoyable storytelling but I wanted more to the romance. It was like dangling my favourite food in front of me when I’ve been hungry all day, letting me smell it, have a mouthful and then whisking it away. If you are looking for a romantic story, this is more a pre-cursor to a romance—even if they do reach the horizontal lambada stage. However, if you are looking for a twist on the genie in a bottle idea, then it’s a great short read. The world building for the Inanu and Gage’s back story are good and the book is mainly about Gage winning his freedom from being a fantasy slave in a bottle (try not to hum Police’s Message in a Bottle, you’ll never get rid of the ear worm 😉
Reviewed by Gina
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.