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Mara Cantor’s life is boring and uncomplicated, and she likes it that way. She has her internship at the museum—a job she shares with her roommate, Davis—and while it is low-paying and occasionally mind-numbing, it gives her all the free time she needs to finish her thesis. And that is just fine.
But when Argent Leeds, the internationally famous playboy and raconteur, visits Mara’s museum, he brings with him the most exciting archeological discovery in decades: the Pazuzu gemstones. Long assumed to be nothing more than a myth by most scholars, the gemstones are rumored to possess mystical powers.
Between Argent, his gemstones, and Davis, Mara’s boring life has suddenly gotten very complicated. Now she is caught up in a sexual adventure that is either the most exciting time of her life . . . or the most terrifying.
**ATTENTION: SPOILERS AHEAD**
I am a relatively weird individual which generally results in me liking all manner of weird things. However, there are those inevitable times in life when the weird crosses over to the wrong side of the line and becomes somewhat awkward and/or unconformable. This is, unfortunately where I found myself after finishing G. Doucette’s Sapphire Blue.
What I liked:
*The myth/legend of the Pazuzu gemstones: This part is just flat-out cool and I found myself wanting to know more about this myth/legend. In this instance, I was heartily rewarded. The gemstones, one ruby, sapphire, topaz, emerald and diamond were imbued with powers by an ancient Sumerian deity. According to the legend, when the right/chosen person handles the stones, he or she would be able to channel and wield the power within. That’s some pretty cool mythology right there! As the plot unfolds, more and more about this myth/legend is revealed and tied to the very contemporary characters who are involved with the stones.
*Mara’s outburst: Within the first few pages of the read, Mara Cantor an archaeology graduate student and museum employee commits career suicide when she announces to the large and very prestigious crowd that the Pazuzu gemstones on display are fakes! Even Mara is pretty shocked by her outburst but redeems herself completely by supporting her claim. In this moment, Mara’s strength, intelligence and, connection to the stones are very publically revealed.
What I didn’t like:
*Argent Leeds: This guy may be all kinds of wealthy and smokin’ hot but those two things sure don’t take away from the total creeper vibe he puts off right from the start. You know almost instantly that there is just something off about Leeds and that he is absolutely up to no good. Page after page only confirms your initial feelings about Leeds’ nature and, in fact, reveals just how evil he really is.
*The naughty bits: Having to write this is something that surprises even me as I am a fairly open-minded individual and generally very much enjoy the naughty parts of my reads. Believe it or not, all of the naughty bits are tied to one of the Pazuzu gemstones and in that respect it is pretty cool; and, don’t get me wrong, the naughty bits are varied and all kinds of hot but once you realize how and why all the naughty bits are occurring, all the steam, heat and sexy is wiped completely away. I am not a fan of non-consensual sex and in this way, the weird crosses the line into extremely awkward and uncomfortable and my open-mindedness is gone.
The Bottom Line: This erotic read has a great premise as far as the mythology of the Pazuzu gemstones goes but that is as far as I can reasonably go where the premise and plot are concerned. Additionally, I have left my star count at three only because there is a great deal of information about the mythology that is spread out over the course of the read. On the flip side, there are so many parts of this read that are uncomfortable and weird and illegal (you know, were this the real world) that I found myself having that skin crawling feeling. In fact, the way the plot unfolds left me with the feeling that any part of the characters (Mara alone, really) that I did initially like is wiped away by the ickiness of the naughty bits. Overall, I would find it very difficult to recommend this read. 😦
Gene Doucette is an award-winning screenwriter, novelist, playwright, humorist, essayist, father, husband, cyclist, dog owner – and a few other things, too. He is, in other words, a writer. A graduate of Boston College, he lives in Cambridge, MA with his family. Sapphire Blue is Doucette’s first foray into the erotica genre, and will be available for purchase in both paperback and e-book formats on February 27, 2014.
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