Title: Toying with Her
Author: Prescott Lane
Publication: August 17th 2017
No one said finding love was easy, but when you invented the world’s bestselling vibrator, it’s near impossible. Yep, that’s right. That little toy hidden in your bedside table is my brain child. It’s aptly named Woman on Top. And you know what they say . . . it’s lonely at the top.
So I’m headed home to my Southern roots. It’s supposed to be an extended Summer vacation — nothing more. But Rorke Weston has other plans for me. Plans that not only involve me being on top, but also underneath him.
It’s been said you never forget your first. For me, that’s definitely true. No night has ever lived up to the one I spent with Rorke.
He’s turned into quite a man. Tan from the Southern sun, and stubborn as the day is long. And there’s nothing sweeter than the swipe of his tongue.
Rorke wants his chance. The one we never had. But that was a long time ago. When I still believed in Prince Charming and Happily Ever Afters. Even ten years later, I feel a pull. And it’s not simply Rorke yanking down my panties.
Do second chances really happen? Or is my heart simply toying with me?
MY RATING: 4/5 STARS
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Toying with Her by Prescott Lane tells the story of second chance love between Sterling and Rorke. After losing their virginity together in a barn during their lust filled teenage years, they both go their separate ways, missing the opportunity to declare their feelings to each other. Fast forward a couple of years and Sterling returns back home to a small conservative town that doesn’t want anything to do with her and her new sex toy invention.
This was my first Prescott Lane book and I found it simply refreshing to read. The writing style was easy to get into, filled with short sentences, dialogues, and short descriptions of the past, allowing readers to be caught up. I also really enjoyed the intricate plot and the constant moral battles both characters suffer.
Let’s start with our heroine, Sterling. She’s smart. She’s sexy. And she owns the fact that yes, she created a sex toy to help her orgasm after not being able to orgasm at all since her first romp with our hero, Rorke. Sterling is a super star but she’s also a wall. She doesn’t want people to be close to her because she knows that her invention and her business comes with a price. People around her are usually shamed for knowing her in the small town she lived in. People lose jobs because of her and people get into a lot of cat fights because of her. All these factors make Sterling want to push Rorke away for very good reasons. Also, not to mention the fact that they didn’t work out the first time and risking the chance of having your heart broken again doesn’t seem so fun either.
Moving onto Rorke. What can I say except he’s kind of a hypocrite and it kind of really annoyed me towards the end. See, Rorke supports Sterling and her business. He’s basically a feminist. If she makes sex toys for a living, she makes sex toys. If she needs to stay in New York to complete a great business deal, he’s supporting her every step of the way. He’s never intimidated by her business woman alter ego but he’s definitely intimidated by the amount of money she puts into the relationship. His ego wouldn’t allow him to stomach the fact that Sterling may pay for a date here or there. Or she may purchase some plane tickets for both of them so they can both explore Sterling’s second home New York. And when the time came where conflict arose, Rorke wouldn’t let Sterling extend a hand to help.
While I admire Rorke’s resilience to stand on his own two feet without favors, it bothered me because he kept making it seem like because he’s a man, he should be the one providing and he won’t accept his love’s money. He was too arrogant and his male ego was too big for my liking. Put it another way. I wondered if Rorke would offer to take a loan from a male counterpart. Or would he go to the bank to take a loan. What really is the difference is that he couldn’t stomach this idea that he, as a male, had to ask his girlfriend for money. And I think it was this that made me take a star off my rating. I wondered if it would have been better if Rorke just financed the loan, offering to repay her back through time if he really couldn’t get over receiving a hand out.
Overall, I liked what the message conveyed. It wasn’t the novel I was expecting. To be honest, I thought it was going to be straight erotica, some fluff, and a little bit of angst but I didn’t expect Prescott Lane to discuss the prejudice and shame that usually happens when it comes to talking about sex. Prescott Lane does a wonderful job of replicating our world, conveying the message that yes, a lot of times, sex is a taboo subject that not many people look fondly over of. I enjoyed this and hated it because I felt so constricted for the character. To be so oppressed and to be publicly shamed for it, Sterling was a much stronger character than I could have ever imagined. Because really? What is wrong with touching yourself?
Definitely read it.