Divorced and underpaid, Charly Stephens
works a 9-5 job that allows her to continue the freelance
writing she enjoys. Wanting to make a little more than what is
currently offered for her regular pieces, Charly decides to
write erotica. Her inspiration for this venture is her new
neighbor, whose bathroom window happens to face her home
office. Unaware that Charly sees him at night, Mr. Long Dong
Hunk brings her to heights that her ex-husband never could.
But Charly is shocked beyond belief when she literally runs
into her “muse” at work. Turns out Ryan Holt is a recent hire
at her company and has offered to help her with her writing
after he reads her scribbles in a notebook she left behind
after their run-in. With equal parts eagerness and suspicion,
Charly accepts his help but wonders what she has gotten into.
It turns out that Charly is
Awakened to a lot more than she realized. As someone
who had an unsatisfactory sex life as a married woman, Charly
definitely makes up for lost time. The cover depicts two men
and one woman; it happens, but I can’t reveal any more for
fear of spoiling the story.
Awakened is told from
Charly’s perspective, so I understood her fears, desires and
concerns. But I didn’t get much insight into Ryan and, as a
result, I couldn’t comprehend the evolution of his feelings
for Charly or the speed with which everything happens. I wish
Ms. Zant had spent a little more time providing more
background on this. I also wish a little more time were spent
on editing. Some odd homophones popped up from time to time,
which were distracting. Overall, Awakened is a
good read and if you’re a fan of Ms. Zant, you will enjoy this
one as well.