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Wanda’s Tower

Wanda’s Tower is an erotic novel by Robert Beatty. Meticulous and calculated, Wanda has been sure since her teenage years about what she wants to do with her life. As her sexuality suddenly awakens, she makes a detailed plan to follow: to live on the road, chasing the horizon and hopping from bar to bar, sleeping with any man that sparks her interest. With time she gets used to her highly calculated routine, leaving no trace behind her as she mysteriously departs from her lovers, leaving them with the hope of someday seeing her again. She’s determined to live life with no attachments, following her own rules, but might her lifestyle eventually, against all odds, lead her to finding the one person that will change her perspective on love for good?

Robert Beatty’s novel stands out for one main thing, and that is its highly descriptive narrative. He makes sure to give details about everything, be it things that are happening or the characters’ internal monologues: not one detail is left out. This gives a very structured storyline to the book, making it easy for the readers to immediately immerse in the world and the characters’ minds. Lots of interesting themes are explored, and one can clearly see through Wanda’s character the often times present female fantasy of living a sexually liberated life.

The story is gripping and has a good pace; there is always tension present that makes the reader want to keep reading. Though this is an erotica, various dimensions of the characters are explored apart from sex. Wanda is an unusual woman; it’s not only because of her uncharacteristic sexual nature that she lets completely free, but she also has other interests and passions and excels in a profession that’s dominated by men: electronics. A phone company technician during the day and a wanderer temptress during the night, Wanda has carefully organized her life to fully enjoy what she’s attracted to the most.

Going by many names, Wanda’s life will eventually be uprooted by a mysterious man that seems to share lots of similarities with her. She’ll have to make a decision: to accept love and welcome it into her life, or to stick to her plan of forever living on the road, pleasing herself with as many men as she can get.

Wanda’s Tower by Robert Beatty is a fun and playful erotica with intriguing characters and a compelling narrative.

Pages: 516 | ASIN : B097P8SC1L

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No Other Name

No Other Name by Robert Beatty is a memorable and expressive love story, but it cannot be described so simply. It is a complex yet heartfelt story set a century ago. It starts with our narrator, Samuel Martin who is at the edge of adulthood and starts his journey into the unknown in a quite literal sense after high school. He does not find any romantic prospects in his little town, so he turns to the one place that most people and society shame. A bordello, or in his hometown it is popularly known as Mrs. Richardson’s house of pleasures. Samuel and his friend dare to go in the dead of the night to give up their virginity. What Samuel finds is a person that will change the trajectory of his life.

As cliché as it may seem, Samuel finds the girl of his dreams. A sex worker, who is beautiful yet exquisite, and I enjoyed how this contrast is drawn in the story. He instantly falls in love with her, a love at first sight situation. In his heart he knows, he will never find another one to love as he loves her, this is all a bit melodramatic but the emotions are vivid and deeply felt and really draw the reader in. With their one night of passion he knew he would spend the rest of his life with this girl. The girl who had no name. The girl who left her name in her past life and chose a new name for herself.

This is a contemplative and impassioned story that has a good pace and great emotional depth that will engross readers. The setting is set with clear details, allowing readers to easily dive into the old word. This is a character driven story where we see the relationship unfold between the two characters, even though the girl rejects his romantic gestures. The affect the girl has on Samuel is profound and readers will be able to empathize with his emotional turmoil.

I fell in love with the writing style in this novel. There were some moments of humor, even deadpan humor, which helped to break up the emotional strife that colors this novel. This ensures the novel never falls into a melancholic hole and instead feels much more approachable. While the story has moments where it dives deep into prosaic activities, I think readers will still find the romantic adventure behind all of it to be fascinating.

With a slow buildup this book will appeal to readers who enjoy a slow-burn style of writing where the joy comes in letting the story play out in its own time. No Other Name is a thought-provoking historical romance novel that provides readers with a thoughtful reflection on life and the odd ways it can play out.

Pages: 877 | ASIN : B08P89Q7CF

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