Book Review: Immersed in Pleasure by Tiffany Reisz
First Published: March 2012
Source: an ARC provide by NetGalley
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Mermaids, Erotica, novella
Synopsis (from Goodreads): The Manhattan Mermaids: Believed to be the most beautiful women in the city, they entertain wealthy, powerful men in an exclusive club called Fathoms….and are all virgins. Derek Prince doesn’t believe they really exist, until he meets the stunningly sensual Xenia. She drives him wild with desire, but giving in to temptation means losing her position at Fathoms. Derek is incredibly turned on by the thought of being Xenia’s first…but will he be willing to wait for her?
Many years ago, wealthy night club owner Kingsley Edge was inspired after a trip to Japan by their Geisha girls. What if he created something similar in Manhattan? And so the Mermaids were created. Beautiful women would entertain wealthy and powerful men at Fathoms – a club so exclusive and expensive that people aren’t sure whether it’s existence is fact or fable. Much like the Geisha girls, the Mermaids’ role is to entertain men but with a strict look and don’t touch policy. The Mermaids are virgins and when their lose their hymens, they lose their Mermaid status.
This story starts with Derek Prince telling some mates the story of how he had his first encounter with a Mermaid. With some comments from his friends interspersed with Derek’s meetings with Xenia one year prior the story was told in a way that lead me to believe it was coming from a male’s perspective. However something about the novella left me feeling a little cold and disconnected.
The sex scenes were hot – although one of them was not at all what I was expecting and I was a little taken back by it – and I enjoyed the ending but I just didn’t click with this story. I didn’t really feel anything towards any of the characters. Although I did enjoy the contradictory nature of Xenia – the virgin seductress to whom nakedness was second nature. I loved the concept and had this been a full length novel I think I would have enjoyed it more
2.5 out of 5
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