Monday, June 21, 2010

The Sweet Distraction

Tim Smith
Extasy Books (2010)
ISBN 9781554875771
Reviewed by Marty Shaw for Reader Views

"The Sweet Distraction" is a book that covers all the bases. Want a story about a down-on-his-luck writer in need of a comeback? Got it. Looking for a mobster with a good heart? You'll find it here. How about sex? In the mood for some steamy, erotic, romantic, kinky, rockin'-your-world sex? This book delivers.

Tim Smith brings us a simple story of a guy (George) meeting a girl (Cookie), with both of them immediately falling head over heels for each other. The story takes a twist because Cookie isn't your everyday girl. Daddy happens to be a mobster, but more than that, he's THE mobster - The Boss of Bosses.

Understandably, George is a little slowed down by this, but Cookie knows what she wants and George's willpower (and fear of Daddy) can't compete with the sultry woman's passions. Soon, the two of them are meeting up, and heating up. The sex scenes are well written, with just the right amount of description to let you feel like you're there. If you don't feel their heat, then you might want to check your pulse. You could be dead.

I was pleasantly surprised to find George and Cookie written as real-life people. No shallow stereotypes just going through the paces here. Both of them have personality, and a history explaining why each is the way they are. Cookie's dad, Don Vito, might have a passing resemblance to a certain Godfather depicted on the big screen, but the similarities seem to diminish as his own personality is revealed. More businessman than Mafioso, Don Vito provides a light comedic touch even as he shares his wisdom with two people who desperately need it.

The story is well paced and the erotic scenes are written in a realistic way. The sex is frequent but not gratuitous, and it's established early on that George has some old-fashioned values, even explaining to Cookie at one point that she might know how to screw but he's going to show her how to make love. After the initial heat slows to a low boil, they're even able to plan, and enjoy, a few outings that don't end up in the sack.

I suppose every silver lining has a cloud, and the cloud in this book has to be Special Agent Monday of the FBI. I can understand the feds showing up in a book that has a mafia Don as a main character, but I can't figure out why it's Agent Monday. He appears to be a caricature of Joe Friday from the old Dragnet television show. The similarity is so profound that I soon found myself picturing Dan Akroyd as the character because he portrayed a caricature of Joe Friday in the Dragnet movie. If you've seen that movie, then you have met Special Agent Monday. The caricature has a partner, Agent Phelps, who says exactly one word in the story.

Monday isn't actually a bad character, just in irritating one. I believe the author wanted to provide a little comic relief in the story, and the character falls flat because no comic relief is needed. The story functions just fine without him and, thankfully, his appearances are brief.

"The Sweet Distraction" is the perfect 'distraction' if you're looking for a good story with some great sex. As Cookie would say, "It's a sweet treat?"