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Born in Savannah but raised on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Laura Cooper is a true southern woman. She believes that iced tea should always be sweet and has an entire Pinterest Board with over a hundred different ways to cook shrimp.
Via an AOL chat room she met her husband of sixteen years, Chris Cooper. Together they have two children, (both in college at the same time) and fifteen, yes count ‘em, fifteen dogs.
Prior to writing novels, Laura ran a large pure breed rescue organization for homeless animals. She, Chris and the kids found homes for over six thousand homeless dogs until they retired three years ago.
Between calls begging for money (from her children) and squeaky toys, she somehow manages to embolden other southern women to explore their sexuality through reading. Claiming that fifty is the new thirty, Laura encourages her readers to examine themselves, crawl out from beneath the soccer mom status and live a little.
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on Sep. 17, 2012 :
The Plantation- an elite sex club, where the people of Charleston can go to have their every sexual fantasy fulfilled, for a very steep price, and all their secrets kept. Or that's the hope, at least. And maybe it would've stayed that way, had a murder not occurred on their property, in the dungeon room. When one of the employees is murdered in quite a brutal way, and her lover is blamed (with no proof other than the fact that he was, indeed, her lover), he gets some very surprising help, in the form of his ex-wife, the ghost of his former lover, and the ghost of his former lover's husband.
There are only 2 bits of criticism I have for this tale, and neither detract from the 5 stars I give this read. The first is there were a few typos, but they were quite easy to read around, and didn't pull me out of the story. The second was the ending was a bit too abrupt for me. I would have loved to have seen the ending built upon and extended somewhat.
The sex scenes were sexy, detailed, and kept me fully fascinated. I didn't see any of the twists and turns coming ahead of time, and I will definitely reread this one when I'm in the mood for something very different from my usual reads. All in all, a worthy read, and one I'll be telling my friends about!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 19, 2011 :
I realize this has been categorized as BDSM by Ms. Cooper. I'm categorizing it as glitterkink. This is not a bad thing, this is good thing. The Plantation is a club for the elite rich with decadence that I'd love to experience. I would never be able to afford a membership there. However, I would be happy to be an employee there. Where is this place?!?! The amount the workers are paid is LOVELY. The fee for the club is $150,000 a year. Wow. With 428 members, that is $64,200,000 a year. If we take out the original 5 investors and the buddy, it would be $63,300,000 a freaking year. Even with employees paid at 100 grand a pop with 50 employees, that is only $5,000,000 in salary. Of course there is overhead, operating costs, benefits and employer taxes to pay but seriously, that is still a hell of a lot of money generated every year. My mind is just boggled. Dayum! Can this really happen? If so, I want in on it.
Okay, back to the review. There was a little bit of BDSM in it. Not enough for me to qualify as BDSM, but enough for me to consider it deliciously kinky. Ms. Cooper writes hot sex scenes that are raw and arousing. I can always count on this from her. This is a new twist of a story where the main story is about a murder. I was guessing the entire time and it was a pretty slick ending. Ever scene even the ones I figured were pointless tied back in to explain the ending. There were only two loose ends that did not make sense in my mind and I couldn't reconcile. I'm hoping maybe there is a second book as a follow up to clarify it.
Billy was oddly detached and clinical. I actually liked that about him. The other cast of characters were okay for, no one really pulled me in. Mike, Pam, Sue and Chris were okay. The only time I really liked Billy was when he adopted a dog. He became human for me.
This story is a fast read and enjoyable the entire way for me. Each book from Ms. Cooper becomes more polished. And she does have the best book covers! I recommend this book to those who like a bit of "who done it" mystery mixed up with hot erotic sex.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)