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Book Review: Tampa

To say Celeste has a fetish would be a gross understatement.  She is beyond just “turned on” by 14-year old boys.  She likes them exclusively, to the point that she must drug herself to have sex with her [age-appropriate] husband.  She is incredibly specific in her tastes – not too muscular so they still seem boyish, not too outgoing so they can keep a secret – and has planned her whole life around satisfying them, right down to accepting a job as an 8th grade teacher to easily make her fantasies a reality.  It doesn’t take long for Celeste to single out and woo her specimen, and she is the only one shocked when it doesn’t end well.

This book is extremely sexual, graphically so…right down to the cover.  I had trouble reading it on the subway without blushing.  It seems naughty in good way…until you realize the scenes depict a 26 year old woman and a 14 year old boy.  However, I did love seeing a woman in the power role in this version of “Lolita” in reverse.   I also liked seeing the stakes increase and disaster ensue as Celeste, a true sociopath, tries to satisfy her desires with such single-mindedness.

4.5 out of 5 stars.

tampa

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