The story brings Wendy, a 26-year-old intern, to the attention of Janet, the Assistant Vice President of Production at Savin Aerospace. Wendy is an engineering geek with a dry sense of humour, a crummy flat and a loud motorcycle. Janet the wound up, extremely controlled and controlling career woman, whose wife has just left her for a younger, more flexible model.
Wendy’s crush is huge, her drooling amusing and her dreams decidedly wet. When her boss accidentally finds said dream written out in a work email, she decides to see if the slightly kinky play is as fun as it sounds. And so ensues a sexual romp of that starts with telephone sex, explicit pictures and progresses from there. But it’s more than a sexual encounter for both women, whether they admit it or not.
Wendy is instantly likeable, her interactions with others, particularly her sister, are amusing and highly entertaining. Janet, who appears the big bad wolf, turns out to be a caring person who supports her staff; it’s not her heart that is suspect, just her manner. Her completely out of character friendship with her PA is extremely amusing, but she isn’t an easy person to like.
And there’s the rub. While it is extremely clever, witty, and a decidedly interesting story on many levels, from aerospace intrigue to mild bondage, the emotion is thin on the ground. Both are deep and complex women, and we are told the love is there, but it doesn’t ooze off the page, neither of the characters are the type to ooze, although both manage to gush on occasion.
I think the best way I can define it is as an intellectual romance with good sex and a wicked sense of humour. I certainly wouldn’t define it as a romcom, because that for me implies a light and easy read, and there is nothing about Janet that is either light or easy. I was entertained, amused and intrigued, so in the end I guess I liked it, even if I cant quite define why.
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