In Pursuit of a Passionate Life
By Maha Erwin
Published: June 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit, Urban Romance
Formats Available For Review: pdf, mobi, epub, kindle
Aimée Fitzgerald is blessed with natural beauty and a logical brain. Despite this unique combination, she’s unlucky in love. Rather than dwell on her failed relationships, her New Year’s resolution is to celebrate the joys of being single. She decides to explore beyond her comfort zone, trusting an awkward morning is far healthier than a lonely night. When she lures Preston Evans, a narcissistic colleague, into her bedroom, she expects nothing more than a few hours of guiltless escapism. Instead, their binge-crazed fling takes a turn for the worse. Haunted by the bleak aftermath of the one-night stand, Aimée retreats into her shell. Not only does she avoid intimacy altogether, she drowns her sorrows in a lethal cocktail of quick fixes.
Kasey Moore, her lifelong friend, is on a mission to lift her spirits. He escorts Aimée to an extravagant launch party promoting the libido-enhancing drug Intomesee. Shortly after meeting the host, Salvatore Rossi, better known as Matador, Aimée becomes his latest bullseye. On their first date, the Italian business magnate with a twisted sense of humor paints her gloomy life passionately red. No stranger to the pleasure principle, he introduces her to alternative expressions of intimacy in the heart of San Francisco, the birthplace of free love. Subsequent dates are fraught with contradictions and ambiguities. Even so, Aimée feels alive in his presence. Less burdened by her past, she dares to do the impossible. To make the shameless philanderer retire from the dating game.
But what if Matador rejects and betrays her love? After all, he isn’t exactly the poster boy of fidelity. His appetite for la dolce vita is voracious. If he falls for someone younger and prettier, will she tumble deeper into her existential crisis? If she snubs his advances, she might follow in her mother’s footsteps, trapped in a sex-starved marriage, feeling underappreciated and overwhelmed. Did she overlook any other options to reclaim her autonomy and dignity? The answers lie within a liberating journey, which demands her imagination, resourcefulness, and trickery.
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