Satisfaction is the second venture into self-publishing for Sarah Mayberry, after 2012’s Her Best Worst Mistake. Now it is no secret that I am an unabashed Sarah Mayberry fan, so when the call went out to review this latest story, I was right onto it. I only finished reading it late yesterday afternoon, and I can tell you right now I was not disappointed!
What’s Satisfaction all about?
Maggie Hendricks loves her life. Great job, amazing friends. Everything just how she likes it. There’s just one small problem. When it comes to sex, Maggie can’t quite get there. No fireworks, no screaming orgasms. And while she tells herself she’s fine with that, she can’t help wanting more.
When her friend shares the intimate details of a one night only fling with an extremely talented lover, Maggie makes a desperate pact with herself. She will seduce this man and if he can’t get her there…well, then she’ll hand herself over to medical science. A simple enough plan. What could possibly go wrong?
Within minutes of meeting Rafel Oliveira, Maggie knows the answer to that one: plenty. Rafel turns out to be far more than simply talented in the bedroom. As he takes her on a journey toward the ultimate pleasure, Maggie finds herself craving a lot more than his beautiful body. But can she win the one thing that will leave her truly satisfied…his heart?
Here’s what I thought of Satisfaction:
I never really had a taste for your big burly Brazilian type, but thanks to you, Ms Mayberry, I might just have one now.
Not often do we see the lack of la petite mort addressed in romanceland. In Satisfaction, our heroine Maggie just can’t get there – not even under her own steam. I love that Sarah Mayberry has done what she’s done here – shifted things around and exploring things that don’t often get much pagetime.
I loved that there was no rushing straight into that whole “I must give you orgasms right now – the fate of the earth depends on it” frame of mind. I’m not going to give too much away about the destination, however the journey Maggie undertakes at the hands of Rafel is spectacular.
Once again, I have to say how much I love the characters I get to read in Sarah Mayberry’s stories. Maggie and Rafel in Satisfaction are right up there for me – they are real, smart, coherent people that you can imagine existing outside the pages of a book.
I love that Maggie isn’t made out to be some sheltered virgin who only needs the right man to come along and press the magic button. The right man certainly helps with the button-pushing, but it is about her and what is stopping her from letting go. Rafel is, of course, a tall, dark and rich example of Captain Sexypants – however he’s not exactly perfect and doesn’t profess to be.
Satisfaction is quite a bit spicier than some of Sarah Mayberry’s other work – and she does the spicy very well indeed. Even though the heat in this is off-the-chart, it isn’t just sexy for sexy’s sake. The dialogue and chemistry between Maggie and Rafel was fantastic, and helped ramp up the temperature.
If this is a direction that the author plans to take more often, I for one cannot wait for more!
My rating: 4.5 out of 5
Release Date: 27 February 2014
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by the author, Sarah Mayberry, in return for an honest review.