Leslie is utterly devastated by the death of her dog, after more than a decade of Polly’s undemanding companionship she finds comfort from her new vet but not in the manner that one would expect. Josh is guarded but can’t help offering a no strings sexual relationship to Leslie when a chance meeting brings them together. Remembering her birthday resolution to live her life without regret Leslie accepts.
- Title: No Regrets
- Author: Claire Kent
- ASIN13: 9780990461012
- Series: Stand Alone
- Published: July 22nd 2014
- Format: eARC
- Genre: Contemporary Romance/Erotica
- Page Count: 169
- Source: Tour Operator
- Rating: B
On my last birthday, I made one vow for the year. Live with no regrets. Eleven months have passed, though, and nothing has changed. I still sleep alone, spend my life working, and never move out of my comfort zone.
Then the loss of my dog throws my whole life out of orbit, and I end up in bed with a very hot and slightly-too-young veterinarian, who has recently made a vow of his own. Live with no strings. Josh is more than happy to help me with the things I’ve been afraid to try. Semi-public sex. Spanking. Anal sex. He’s a willing partner for everything I’ve wondered about, as long as I don’t demand more.
He’s serious about his no-strings philosophy. As serious as I am about living with no regrets. I can’t help but fall for him, even though I know better. So my biggest regret might be a broken heart.
No Regrets is a comfortable undemanding read that despite its slightly maudlin quality is satisfying all the same. A self contained person Leslie’s life is somewhat compartmentalized when her elderly dog dies she is heartbroken at the loss of her long time companion. Josh is taken with Leslie and is upfront and uncompromising with his demands. An affair with him that is strictly physical, he doesn’t have any inclination to enter into a relationship with anyone now or in the future. Despite her misgivings Leslie feels she should accept this compelling man’s offer.
You are probably thinking the same thing that I was thinking. For all of the arguments of “what is good for the goose, is good for the gander“, I think it is safe to say that most women simply attach more meaning to the sexual act than men. I’m sure everyone at one time or another has convinced themselves that a course of action is appropriate against their better judgement. This is the quandary that Leslie faces almost immediately upon commencing an affair with Josh. Their lovemaking is beyond compare but he is unwilling or unable to give her a greater emotional commitment.
I think what was the greatest strength of No Regrets was the composure with which Leslie faced the obstacles that she faced within or without a relationship with Josh. She never succumbed to self indulgent fits of whining or even attempts to change Josh’s mind. She was in short true to her word and that was enjoyable to read however sentimental the plot itself was at times. If you are looking for a short literary respite that you won’t regret pun intended then No Regrets is the story for you.
Check out more by Claire Kent:
- The Nameless series: http://clairekent.com/Nameless_series.html
- The Escorted series: http://clairekent.com/Escorted_series.html
- Seven: http://clairekent.com/Other_Books.html
About Claire Kent:
Claire has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she’s not writing, she teaches English at the university level. She also writes contemporary romance under the penname Noelle Adams.