Book & Author Details:
Lazar’s Gaze by Rose Fell
Publication date: October 7th 2016
Genres: Romance, Erotica
Three months ago, Olivia moved to New York to start up her new life – with a stable job, a cosy apartment, and a bright outlook on life. After her best friend Ruby suggested she should start casual dating again, Olivia decided to go and explore the city to meet new and exciting people.
Olivia enjoyed the perks of being a mysterious woman who walked the streets of New York with a different guy in her arm each week, creating an alter-ego for herself that was as easily forgotten as she was desired. Dating was a game. Sex was a way to flaunt her best skills. She was a single woman at the height of her life: she wasn’t interested in long-term commitments and she didn’t see the point in getting to know the strangers she shared her bed with each night.
Lazar, a tall and mysterious Russian who’s enchanting eyes hold a lifetime’s worth of secrets, changes everything for Olivia. She finds herself fascinated by his point of view on sex and casual dating. He is a hopeless romantic, but far from putting her off, this fact intrigues Olivia. What can she learn about the art of sex by being with Lazar? What is it about his passionate lifestyle that draws women to him?
This is, I think, an example of how an author’s inexperience, coupled with a novella format, combine to produce a story which doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Although the sexual elements of the relationship between Lazar and Olivia are expressively dealt with, ultimately, I didn’t make a connection as a reader with their characters. For me, there was an almost bland narrative voice for the balance of the tale.
I think that the idea of this story is a good one, let down in the execution.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.