Title: Stay for Me
Series & Book #: These Three Words #1
Author: Carlene Love Flores
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: February 14, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance
ARC Received From: Tasty Book Tours
One night to finally make it right before it all gets torn apart…
Two years ago, best friends Emma Chester and Sam Jason tried being intimate.
Due to Sam’s massive size, it didn’t work. Embarrassed, they did their best to move on. Now the day has come where Emma must suspend Sam as a dancer at the club they work at, awakening the buried pain of that one night.
Sam has seen this day coming but is shocked when Emma asks him to strip for her just once before he leaves the club. Allowing himself to feel for her again is too dangerous but she’s clearly not in her right mind and needs him.
I wasn't sure if I'd like this book. The size of a man's cock isn't usually an issue in fiction. It might be in real life, but fiction?
Yet Ms. Flores approached it with an onslaught of emotion and thoughts from Emma that made my indecision melt away.
Emma's fear of not being able to handle Sam's girth bled off the pages. It wasn't fleeting; it was consuming. Along with that fear was the thought of losing Sam for good if they tried again. I don't know if I would have tried again, but I sure as hell was glad Emma did, and in a room that held horrible memories for her no less.
For all of his impressive strength and massive size, Sam was remarkably gentle with Emma. Lust and need fueled their second time, but it was his frame of mind that got them through it. He knew what Emma was to him, knew how much this meant to her and him, and he wasn't willing to do anything to mess it up.
But it was more than just having sex. There was more than the size of Sam's dick to worry about. It was dealing with the one night they tried, and getting through the memories of Emma's ordeal in the room she chose for them. Working through those things might have a total mood killer for any other couple, but they weren't for Sam and Emma. They needed to do it, needed to banish the darkness before they could enjoy each other completely.
I liked how their relationship unfolded, how aspects of it came into play as the story progressed. There wasn't any info dumping even though there is quite a bit of narrative. While this is considered an erotica romance, it is a very different erotica than what I'm used to reading. The issue of size isn't usually seen as a problem in fiction. Bigger is better. Usually. In this case, it wasn't. At first. By the end, it didn't matter because they didn't stay for the sex or because he fit inside of her. They stayed for each other, for the friendship they shared, and for the feelings that grew between them.
Carlene Love Flores is a big fan of the stars (especially Orion), honest music (especially Depeche Mode), and her traveling family (no favorites there-she loves them all). These things inspire her intimate style of romance writing. She feels honored to be a member of Washington DC Romance Writers (WRWDC) and RWA San Diego (RWASD). Carlene currently lives in the San Diego area where she can often be found listening to live music and looking up at the sky on clear nights. If she could touch someone’s heart with her writing the way others have done for her, she’d say truly there never lived a luckier girl.