Author: Barbara Palmer
Publisher: Penguin Canada
She’s also Claudine, an in-demand escort specializing in sexual role play for an elite clientele. Anonymous. Satisfying. And discreet.
Until the tenuous separation between her worlds starts to crack. It begins with the murder of a stranger. Where it leads is to two men who will test Maria’s limits of control and awaken her own sexual desires.
As her private nights bleed into day, Maria will discover the dangerous places that extend beyond the imagination, and secrets no longer consigned to the dark.
This is my first review of an erotic thriller. Thanks to Penguin Canada for this opportunity.
Maria Lantos is a Yale postgrad student during the day, and a sexual role playing escort for the rich during the night. An elaborate one night stands costum to her customers fantasies and needs. A globe trotting young female who can spend one day on a yacht in Cannes another evening as a flesh and blood reproduction of La Grande Odalisque.
One man falls between the cracks and starts to shatter her life both personal and professional. He is obsessed with Maria and her alter ego Claudine. He knows a lot about her past and present. Her life in an orphanage in communist Romania and her being adopted by Jewel and Milne the ambitious young idealistic lawyers two decades ago.
Her business manager Andrei does his very best to protect Maria from her world collapsing on her. He acts as a guardian angel and a close friend.
The sex scenes are interesting and as I mentioned they are custom made. Each one is special and different. It reflects the taste and fantasies of each man or men. Some were theatrical, elaborate and very expensive and some were simple and everyday fantasies. They were graphic and vivid and highly erotic.
Claudine is a standalone novel. The reader gets a well written plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat or bed. It is well researched and realistic.
I enjoyed reading this novel and would recommend it to any one interested in this genre.