The Rebound List
by Hedonist Six
Publication Date: July 28, 2014
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After nearly four years with Jeff, everything fell apart. I found myself single, scared, but somehow liberated as well. Rather than stumble into another ill advised relationship, my best friend Sally helped me find focus. I would spend the next few months “finding myself” sexually. That’s how The Rebound List was born.
My journey begins with the first item on my list - a virgin. But it's not easy to go from squeaky-clean committed girlfriend to wanton sex goddess. Hopefully I'll have the guts to follow through!
What (or whom) would you do to celebrate your freedom after your first serious relationship breaks down?
The possibilities were mind boggling. What kind of man would I like? Who would I look at in the street? I couldn’t form a clear answer; I don’t have a “type” only a long list of potentials, so I wrote down all I could think of. Long hair, short hair, beard, clean shaven, fat, athletic, older, younger, black, white, anything in between. The whole point of this exercise was that I didn’t have to settle for just one; I could have them all.
Despite not showing any flesh in my photograph, it didn’t take long for friend requests and messages to start coming in. Among the inevitable stream of creepiness I had braced myself for, there were also more thoughtful messages than simply ‘show me ur tits’. Perhaps I would indeed find kindred spirits, to share my body with in addition to good conversation but without the expectations of monogamy hanging above my head.
When I logged back on after work on Friday, my inbox was full and my friend list had grown considerably as well. I felt empowered to explore more of the site, to join a few groups and read through some message boards. It surprised me how extensive the site’s membership was. I even found a group with local personal ads, which would keep me occupied for quite a while.
About the Author:
Hedonist Six is an author of Erotic Romance based in London. Nobody’s perfect, neither are her characters, which makes them all the more relatable and well-liked by her fans. Reviewers have described her debut novel Just Another Day at the Office as heart-felt and unique within the genre.
A few weeks ago I was kindly gifted an ARC of The Rebound List by IndieSage Promos in exchange for an honest review. I've read erotica before, but I have never read anything as fun and enjoyable as The Rebound List.
The picks up with Becky not long after her long-term relationship has ended but instead of jumping into her next relationship she decided to make a list of her sexual fantasies and live them out. Her list covers four sexual experiences she wants to have:
The book is told in four mini-stories covering each one of the topics on her rebound list. It all starts off well with her opening an online profile and meeting someone who meets the first criteria on her list: virgin. I found all their interactions online really sweet and really well written. It's so hard to convey feelings when someone is talking to another online, but Hedonist Six managed it so well!
From their first meeting online until they meet in person you can tell there's something there and that got me thinking. Will we see this guy again after they meet up? The sex scene in this section and all the others were amazing. Really well written and it's clear Hedonist knows how to write good sex scenes! When they parted ways I didn't want them to. It was clear they were both feeling more, but Becky had a mission to fulfill.
As Becky works through her list things are going well, but that is until we get to the Stranger. Remember the virgin I mentioned earlier? Well he appeared (much to my delight) and from there this they find each other and realise they're meant to be together and there's even more amazing sex. They spend a few days following New Year's Eve christening every surface in Becky's place and again it is so well written.
So, I guess you're wondering about the rest of the list right? Well, I don't want to ruin the end as it was as surprising to me as I guess it will be to you, but Becky does get to complete her list just not in a way you could ever imagine. And that threesome scene? It maybe the best erotic scene I have ever read.
This book had the potential to get weird really quickly but it didn't. It played out so well and I throughly enjoyed reading Becky's journey through her rebound list even if it didn't end exactly how she thought it would...