by Anthology

January 2005
ISBN: 0-425-20130-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Berkley
Trade Paperback

Derived from the ‘Showtime’ teleplays by Zalman King, Red Shoe Diaries is an erotica foray into the lives of three separate women. Extremely explicit, they are non-the-less very well written (all in First Person Point of View, via diary entries) with an expertise that brings the characters to life.

In Hard Labor, Aleta responds to Jake’s ad, and submits her diary to Red Shoes. A career woman who believes she’ll never find a permanent relationship, has her life turned upside down when Antonio enters her goal-oriented world. Afraid of being hurt, Aleta fears her feelings for Antonio.

In Strip Poker, Katherine hesitates setting a marriage date with fiancé Jack, because she feels their love has fallen flat. Stood up at an intended tryst, Katherine fumes when Jack lets business get in the way. While in the hotel room, she becomes fascinated with the game of ‘strip poker’ an anonymous couple is playing in another room. She can’t help but watch. Then, she decides to play the game, too.

In Slow Train, Sally finds and reads her Depression-era grandmother’s diary, telling about a passionate encounter on a train with a stranger. Falling under the spell of the erotic story, Sally learns a lot about herself, and is never the same again.

A bonus story, Sex In The Hamptons is a short foray into the writer’s erotica encounters, and leaves readers with an ‘inside’ of the author’s life.

For fans of Erotica, this is a ‘don’t miss’ book, but for those who prefer less profanity and less explicit scenes, you should pass it by.

Reviewed in March 2005 by Kari.

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