Amatore's Restaurant

Adult Erotica
Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
The cast of the Recreative Theatre Company meet for their end-of-season dinner and each relates a sexual encounter which has made an impression in their life. More
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About James Sillwood

Living in the peace and quiet of Southern Brittany, James Sillwood readily acknowledges that the peaceful surroundings at his cottage inspire an atmosphere conducive to writing.
After an itinerant early life, James has now settled in France and divides his time between writing and music. As an accomplished musician he plays regularly as a soloist and with a Latin jazz group. It is here, at his secluded home in Brittany, that Amatore's Restaurant has been completed. This book, along with West Quarry Farm and two other novels, have been long term projects; the first ideas for the plot and characters taking shape well over ten years ago. It has only been in the last year or so that he has been able to focus on finishing these works.
When taking a break from performing and writing, James takes a keen interest in Breton culture and local history, enjoys trying out regional recipes, visiting local markets and exploring the surrounding area.

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Reviews of Amatore's Restaurant by James Sillwood

anotherdimension reviewed on Jan. 26, 2017

An extraordinary erotic read based on authentic characters

What a book! The Recreative Theatre Company actors and others meet for the closing dinner at Ristorante di Amatore. In each of the 23 short stories we are introduced to one of the guests, as they remember when they first met one of the other visitors. Each story is unique in the sense of the character, the setting, and the type of sexual desires. The characters are all tied together in one way or another, but this very special dinner will also influence some of their future choices of a sexual nature…

Although there is a lot of explicit sex I don’t see this novel as porn. I see it as extremely well written erotica; each intriguing character has its own story and so you can understand the underlying motivation for every sexual fantasy. Some stories are just very hot, some have a dark vibe, some are tender... With the exception of M/M sex, practically all other manifestations of human sexuality are described.

The characters are richly developed and you feel as if you were in the situation with them. You start to understand that so called “dirty secrets” they share are not really dirty, but barely alternations of our natural and normal human experience (there are some dark exceptions in the book, though).

This novel is constantly surprising; it activates not only your body, but also your brain. It is extremely well written and you virtually feel the hands of a skilled writer. Sillwood’s unique exploration of human sexuality makes you want more! I’m looking forward to reading other books by this author. Which one will be next?
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Ann Girdharry reviewed on Jan. 20, 2017

A vast array of characters meet together for dinner at a restaurant. The links between the guests appear tentative, loosely formed around a theatre production company and their various roles with this company.
Then, as the story progresses we see there are some who have met in the past, some who have been involved in the pastor had affairs in the past, and others who are destined to be involved in the future and leave the restaurant together, forsaking their previous partners.
The majority of the book is a retelling of each person's tale and each of these tales contain erotic memories - more or less steamy, more or less compelling, and exhibiting a vast variety of settings and sexual tendencies.
The erotic elements were well written and convincing.
The rest of the book, where the reader pieces together the links between the characters, reminded me a little of the style of an Agatha Christie - where the clarity is only revealed at the end.
I think this book is a difficult act to pull off because the author is blending elements of romance, erotica and a more literary style. I like all of those elements - so it worked for me. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, non-reciprocal review.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Mamad1188 reviewed on Jan. 15, 2017

Before you pick this book up read what it’s about otherwise you will be lost. “The international cast meet for the end of season dinner” You have to have that in your mind set. Otherwise you will get confused.

Each chapter looks at one of the “members” and then you get their story, their extremely sexy, hot story. As you put together each background and connection to the other characters you have a very erotic story. I had to take my time with this book to cool off between chapters.

If you love erotic stories there is something here for everyone! Take your time and savor the heat!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Anthony stancomb reviewed on Jan. 14, 2017
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This is perhaps the most erotic book I’ve ever read (which probably says something about my unsuitability as a proper reviewer), but I found that the book worked on several levels.
It’s a subject that isn’t easy to write about without repeating oneself or without striking a wrong note by becoming too grabby, and the author managed to keep above this. The author also managed with considerable dexterity to keep the narrative entertaining and keep the reader wanting to know how things unfolded. At times, I found myself trying hard to remember how the various characters related to each other, but by the end, everything was in place. I must say, I was slightly disappointed that there wasn’t a grand debacle at the end, but perhaps that’s not the norm in erotica.
The characters were finely drawn, and although I felt that I hadn’t got to understand the working of some of them, most of them I could identify with – quite an achievement, considering the amount of characters.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Andrea McKenzie Raine reviewed on Jan. 13, 2017

Amatore's Restaurant is a delicious, provocative and intriguing glimpse into the lives of several sets of characters who are brought together for a joint purpose and secretly or indirectly connected by their emotional pasts and alluring escapades. This book delves into a series of vignettes introducing the reader to the intimate inner worlds of these characters. The scenes are explicit in nature, but this is necessary to understand the motives, desires and human needs of these characters -- male and female. I was impressed with Mr. Sillwood's ability to get inside the heads of both genders, and do each of them justice. I also enjoyed being privy to the inner webs of these characters; this dance. I highly recommend this book -- not merely for titillation, but for the closer examination of the complexities of physical and emotional human relationships; the gray areas. I love how he brought together such deeply veiled people with only a small degree of separation between them. A lovely, enthralling, arousing and jarring read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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