Saturday, July 18, 2015

Review: Braid of Tongues by Monica David

   What if your perfectly contented life was suddenly turned upside down and you were forced to face a decision you never imagined you’d have to? Ariane Reis has a husband who loves her, a young son and a cosy family routine. When she starts a new job, she has no idea she is about to embark on a scorching sensory journey of eroticism and self-discovery that will irrevocably alter her life.

   Luka Volkov is a smart and unnervingly intense Russian on her team. He is young, sharp and insatiable. He doesn’t just seduce her body. He seduces her mind and the very essence of her being. Despite the emotional angst she finds herself in, Ariane must fight to get through the impossible task of untangling love from lust, or risk losing everything she holds dear. 
   A story both delightful and heartbreaking about regular people in unanticipated circumstances. 

   Warning: This book contains explicit sex scenes and should not be read by 

people under 18.

WOW! Just........WOW!  I need the next book, like yesterday.  This book was amazing once I got past the work description.  I was confused by Ariane's job but quickly figured it out.  It was also set in London with many different languages which threw me at first but I loved that about the book.  This book brings out many emotions.  Yes it is about infidelity but the way Monica goes about it, I can understand Ariane and her decisions.  I wanted to choke her at times and comfort her at others.

Here is a thirty-eight year old woman who has a routine and is comfortable with life but then after this new job, things begin to change. She meets Luka who is a part of her team now, is younger than her, and begins to show an interest in her.  Let's admit it, after having a baby, a woman's body changes.  Some of us keep our baby weight and some of us don't.  Some of us become comfortable with it and others wonder, how can I still be attractive?  Luke helped Ariane with this problem and in doing so he awakens her libido and turns her life upside down.   

Poor Ariane has no one to confide in.  She almost tells her best friend.  But really, when something like this happens, who can you really tell?  The lies that Ariane she was good and she became a natural later on. 

Ariane's husband Sean, well, let's just say I think there is more to him than what we know.  He's a photographer and photographs models.  He acts one way at home but put him around the people he works with and he's a different man.  I was jumping for joy when Ariane stood up for herself. 

I found myself to be caught up with Ariane's struggle.  Sean who likes what he likes in bed and Luka the pleasure seeker and can work her body.  I know she loves her husband deeply but to feel wanted and to have such pleasure.  Again, WOW! 

This book was well written.  The characters are believable.  They made difficult decisions.  Do we have to agree with them? No.

Life isn't easy.  Marriage isn't easy.  No one is perfect.  We all make mistakes.

~Jade 4.5 stars

Monica David was born in Zimbabwe but she grew up in Portugal, by the sea.
She has been living in London for nearly two decades, initially on and off in between travels and now permanently with her family.
Monica loves to read, photograph and travel. 
She values kindness, honesty and a good sense of humour.

Some unusual things she's done:

Walked on blazing hot coals with bare feet, walked what was the highest Canopy walk in the world at the time, jumped off a bridge in Victoria Falls, rafted the grade 5 Nile and swallowed half of it in Uganda, did microlighting dressed as a marshmallow, scubadived in Zanzibar, worked with street kids in Angola, drank tea with fishermen in Morocco while her clothes dried after being washed in the sea, crossed the Sahara in a convoy peeing behind the truck in order to preserve her limbs, toured around Europe with a play, trekked to find mountain gorillas in Rwanda, played with lion and cheetah cubs, rode horseback in a water race and skydived in Namibia between the deep blue sea and the red earth.

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