~The Black Door~
Published by Tirgearr Publishing
Men. All the bloody same.
My mind traced back to the day I had given up on one-sided monogamous relationships.
The children were at school or work, and the sun was beating down. It was a glorious day, and I had decided to go home for lunch, rather than spend it in a stuffy office.
I pulled up outside the house and a fleeting thought passed through my mind when I saw Connor’s car sitting in the driveway. My husband of eighteen years had had the same idea.
I crept into the house, hoping to surprise him. But, it turned out that his idea had involved a slutty bottle-blonde.
I wanted to blame the events that followed on a red mist descending over me. The truth is that in the time it took for my mind to register that some tart was riding my husband in what I later found out was known as reverse cowgirl, my mind had calculated the necessary response.
The skank lost a good handful of bleached hair, roots and all. I allowed her to gather her clothes and watched as she tugged her pants on whilst running out of the house. If nothing else, the neighbours got a good show.
Connor yelled at me. But his words were drowned out by the blood pumping in my ears. I marched back up the stairs and into his little study. Opening the window, I saw Miss Slut stood in the middle of the road, screeching obscenities at me. I looked at the Ferrari in our driveway and smiled.
I think his Xbox enjoyed its first and final flying lesson as it sailed out of the window. The fact that it landed in the bonnet of his prized mid-life crisis proved that Karma does exist.
I made a mental note of the two names at the top of my imaginary hit list.
I blinked and I was back in the boardroom.
Imogen Pearce is a single mum of four children and fast approaching 40, she works at Ryedale Incorporated where she has to battle a younger and smarter generation to get to where she wants to go. If that means taking on the account of Cherry and Sean Rubin’s adult shop, then she will. But what happens when Imogen discovers the private club that they run at the back? And what happens when she realizes she knows quite a few members?
The Black Door isn’t your typical erotic romance. It’s much more — contemporary romance and romantic suspense, as well as a tale of revenge and forgiveness. Imogen finds herself in an all-too-common scenario of a suddenly single mother trying to make ends meet, while her philandering ex husband lives the life of Reilly. It’s bad enough he’s been cheating on her, but when other secrets begin surfacing, Imogen’s life feel like it’s shattering around her. Charlotte’s voice pulls the reader into Imogen’s story in such a sharp way that one can’t help but see and experience everything alongside Imogen. It’s not difficult to feel her struggle, and her path through the dark to a new life. This is an emotive story that one will want to try reading in one go. Charlotte has done an excellent job with this story and put a fresh spin on the genre, introducing us to a heroine we can’t help but find engaging and likable. Great job, Charlotte! ~ Heart of Fiction
A beautiful experience
Everything about this novel is original. Don’t even think you can guess what’s through that keyhole. I will not give the plot away, not one bit, because I could never do it justice. There are so many aspects of this story that rang true with me, so many instances of ‘phew, I had a lucky escape when I was in her shoes’, and still, there was enough humour to lighten the mood and make it all a beautiful experience. “Adventurers Only,” says the cover. I took the leap of faith, and loved my journey. What are you waiting for? ~ Ella Medler, Goodreads and Amazon
I am a new reader to this author but I have a feeling I will be seeking out more of her work in the future. She gave us a real account of what a lot of middle aged women face today, a cheating husband, becoming a single parent and having to excel in your career where the younger generation is taking over . . . Let me just say this now, the moment I knew I would love to have this woman as my best friend was when she admitted to having a secret hit list with her ex and his bimbo on the top . . . I really found that with each chapter I could relate to Imogen more and more as a middle aged woman who finds herself at a cross roads in life. She took what life handed her and made the best out of it; even gained a bit more thrill than she thought was possible. Normally I connect with the male character more than the female, but her fire and determination that was mingled in with her fear and insecurity melted my heart. It made that fight to not only survive but succeed even stronger, which I feel we need more female characters like that in the book world . . . This book and the author have made it on my list of books to reread and authors to watch. ~ Tbird London, Goodreads