Fantastic characters! After dinner. You can have dessert before, during and after dinner. Falling, and falling hard, despite all common sense and advice to the contrary. Somewhere, somehow, without his knowledge—let alone his consent—this had become something more than fun. Just another example of the great writing in this book.
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Liberating Lacey is a story that would fit that mold, with an older woman meeting a younger man, but it is much more complex and thought-provoking than any sitcom treatment of the cougar fascination. Lacey is newly divorced, exceptionally stylish and classy, smart, cultured, and holy shit wealthy. So Lacey goes to a club to scope out the men, and meets Hunter, a cop who notices her right away because she stands out. The tension between them is immediate, and they leave together.
I loved that the tension was enormous and based on incendiary sexual attraction and a vast craggy and complex valley of differences between them. Hunter as all kinds of neuroses to overcome, and the narration spends a lot more time in his angsty head as he struggles with his feelings for Lacey. Hunter is not emotionally immature or juvenile; he is, however, very limited in his experience with lasting and enduring relationships, and his encounters with Lacey are entirely unmeasured territory for him.
He has no training nor technique to deal with how he feels, and he is used to having a path or a routine or a rule to follow. That vulnerability is powerful. For Lacey, as it often is for people of exceptional wealth, things are a little easier — at least, the depth of her worries made it seem that way. Lacey is savvy and very likable though. The sex between them is wow. And for Hunter, Lacey is an unexpected pleasure that turns into a sort of dream or aspiration, that one day he could be with someone like her.
The tension is thick and the sex is hot and most importantly, the characters are believable and real and empathetic.
Liberating Lacey by Anne Calhoun