Thursday, September 10, 2015

Book Review, Giveaway: First Encounters by Charming Man

Book Title: First Encounters
Author: Charming Man (aka A. S. Wilkins)
Genre:  Romantic-Erotic Story Collection


First Encounters offers a male insight into the realms of sensual romance, exploring the thought provoking world of liaisons between strangers.
On a hot summer’s night, a man awakes from a peaceful slumber, roused by a mysterious beauty appearing at his bedside. Is she real or merely a Night Vision?

Escaping the stresses of daily life to indulge in a little rest and recuperation, a weary businessman man unexpectedly engages a gorgeous exhibitionist in a voyeuristic Beach Encounter.

A chance meeting at a busy airport sees a young entrepreneur in the company of a seductive stranger for the duration of his flight to New York. She has a sexy secret to tell, but only if he shares one first; a Mid Air Collusion he’s unlikely to forget in a hurry.

Headmaster Peter Thompson is faced with a predicament when he summons a troubled sixth form student to discuss her latest misdemeanour. Refusing to accept her fate, Ariana takes control of the situation the only way she knows how.

While island hopping around the Cyclades, a backpacker is lured off the beaten track by a sexy local girl he meets on his travels. Was the need to satisfy his curiosity a good idea or A Greek Tragedy waiting to happen?

A college student embarks on a road trip, but didn’t envisage making the journey with a sexy hitch-hiker in tow. Two strangers find themselves thrown together in a slow-burning, tortuous tale of boy meets girl, set to the sounds of the new wave era. Will it be the end of the line when he reaches his destination or will The Hitcher lead him down another path?

Charming Man’s journey starts here; dare you join him?

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My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

“Without a doubt she’s everything that I desire; there’s little doubt that she knows it too.”

“She could tease the best of them, but she rarely pleased, not because she didn’t want to, they seldom earned the right.” 

“I found everything about her simply enchanting!  She oozed charisma, agreed with almost everything I said and appeared genuinely interested in what I had to say, too.”

“As I stealthily edged toward her, I felt a sudden pang of reservation. What if I was reading this all wrong?  The evening was barely underway.  Get it wrong now and we were in for one hell of an awkward time together.”

“I’d only ever experienced a one-night stand once in my life and the feeling of discomfort the following morning on that occasion was very different to that I felt now.  I recalled wishing I’d been a member of the crew of the Starship Enterprise; sitting on the toilet after waking with a hangover from hell, all I could think was ‘Beam me up, Scotty!’”

My Review:

This collection of short stories is sexy and provocative, although definitely masculine.  While erotic and well written, most of the short stories are of one-night stands and casual hook-ups, some couples never bothered to exchange names.  Written by a man, from a man’s perspective, the fantasy situations are most likely more appealing to men, for example - golden showers, headmaster/student taboo, airplane mischief with a stranger, picking up a hitchhiker.  Not something a woman would typically initiate.  The writing was highly descriptive, spicy, and entertaining with clever word play.  But I was not transported.  I did not lose myself while reading, which was somewhat vexing.  In pondering this, I decided the reason being that it was just sex.  Maybe it is just me - and I certainly don’t mean this in a judgmental way - but I found the lack of an emotional connection between the characters to be somewhat disconcerting, with the exception of the last story – which was by far my favorite.  I guess I am just too much of a romantic at heart.
 Empress DJ

About Charming Man

Charming Man, aka author A. S. Wilkins explores the thought-provoking world of sensual romance through themes such as encounters between strangers, sexual fantasies, illicit relationships, voyeurism and more.
A S Wilkins has been writing sensual romance for over fifteen years. It all started quite by accident, following the tragic death of his wife in 1998, when he was left with two small children to bring up alone, as well as manage his own software consultancy.

While still in a state of shock and running on auto-pilot, he settled into a daily routine of dropping the kids off at day care, fulfilling his nine to five obligations, collecting the kids in the evening, feeding them, bathing them and putting them to bed with a night-time story, before collapsing in front of the television and crying into a large glass of red.

He had neither the opportunity nor desire to meet anyone new, yet he craved companionship.  Posing as Charming Man, after the name of his favourite song by his favourite band The Smiths, he began to trawl online chat rooms, striking up conversations with anonymous individuals who may or may not have been who they said they were; it made little difference to him.

A S Wilkins wears his heart on his sleeve, and it soon became apparent he was able to engage openly with people from all walks of life, be they male or female; but mostly female it has to be said.  Many of his early conversations on the net were innocent in content; he would pour his heart out to anyone who would listen, and in return he would provide a shoulder to those who were equally going through difficult times.  He found the process very therapeutic and saved him a fortune in counselling!

Before too long, these intimate exchanges left him wanting more, such is the nature of making a new acquaintance.  However, charming by name and charming by nature, he chose never to cross the line until encouraged to do so by others.  This led to many a cat and mouse war of words with many a like-minded soul, which both intrigued and excited him.  It was during this time he wrote his first short story, Night Vision, detailing his longing for the next love to enter his life.

The more he chatted, the more he became obsessed with the notion of sexual encounters between strangers. Still not in a position to embark on a new relationship in the real world, he continued to engage women in cyberspace, and together they would contrive a variety of scenarios from the respective comfort of their laptops. Many of these scenarios were later to become short stories; Beach EncounterMid Air CollusionArianaA Greek Tragedy and The Hitcher, to name a few.

Fast forward several years and A S Wilkins has found happiness once more, having settled down north of London with a new partner and their combined family of four children.  The release of Fifty Shades of Grey in March 2012 prompted him to dust off his short stories for his partner to read.  She was impressed and managed to persuade him to publish them.  Shortly after, was born.

Writing as Charming Man, A S Wilkins is always on the lookout for the next encounter to write about.  When two individuals make eye contact across a room or on a crowded train, and a connection is made, this is often the green light that sets his imagination on fire.  A knowing look is all it can take; a word might never be spoken. However, the minute an affinity is perceived, a scenario is hatched in his head, which is then honed over the coming days and weeks into a believable idea for a story.

And this final point is key; whereas it’s true to say that many of his works are clearly fantasies, it’s important to him that these fantasies are believable.  The idea of a twenty-seven year old billionaire meeting a twenty-one year old virgin just doesn’t cut it for Charming Man.

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