In appreciation for a job well done, Stella James’s boss sends her a Pet – a human Pet. The mysterious Tino arrives equipped with a collar a leash and an erection, and Stella quickly learns that keeping Pets, especially this one, is extremely addictive. Will a chance meeting with reclusive philanthropist, Vincent Evanston, who looks an awful lot like Tino, but couldn’t be more different, double Stella’s pleasure or just be double trouble?
The premise of a pet shop that dealt with human pets fascinated me and I was thrilled to grab myself a copy of The Gift (part one of The Pet Shop trilogy) and settled down with a cup of tea for a good read.
I have enjoyed this author’s work before and this short novel was no exception. The Gift is beautifully written, utterly believable and seriously steamy. Tino is just fantastic and has gone straight to the top of my wish-list as a gift for any occasion!
The story jumps straight into the action and I was right there with Stella feeling her emotions, her anxieties and her attraction for the mute but gorgeous man bestowed upon her for the weekend. He’s a little mischievous, a lot sexy and he know his way around a woman’s body incredibly well.
The very first line – “You can’t be serious,” O’Kelly said, nearly dropping the phone. “You can’t really mean to give Stella James Tino for the whole weekend. Wouldn’t a nice gift voucher from Selfridges be more appropriate?”
“Stella had to admit, a whole lot of neurotic could be overlooked in exchange for a hot weekend with someone that tall and that hot.”
The Pet instruction manual is priceless – “If, however your Pet is not shy, he or she may try to initiate sexual contact. DO NOT ALLOW THIS. It is the keeper who must choose when sex takes place.”
Without giving anything away, I adored the dark alley bit when Tino was pushed to the edge of staying in character.
Verdict: Unique, edgy, sexy and artfully crafted are just a few words I would use to describe The Gift. I am thoroughly looking forward to reading the rest of the series.