Ellora’s Cave, $4.45, ISBN 978-1-4199-0987-0
Contemporary Erotica, 2007
I have just noticed recently that Cheyenne McCray listed only those books she has with her New York publishers on the newest version of her website. No mention of her books from Ellora’s Cave could be seen anywhere, not even this one which was released only a few days ago at the time of writing. I can only guess that books like Taking the Job are going to be Ms McCray’s hidden little side-career from now on, one where she makes some money to buy herself some nice shoes on top of the dresses she will buy from the sales of her not-so-smutty so-more-respectable books.
That probably explains why this book is one of those idiotic stories where the heroine brings the usual Embarrassing Item that Reflects Her Steamy Sex Fantasies or Hidden Sex Life things to the most inappropriate places. Who has the time to really work on silly little smutty stories? Only this time, the author is clearly one who should know better than to insult her readers’ intelligence in this manner. Our heroine Elsie Meyers brings a flogger in her briefcase to a job interview in which she is applying for a computer-related position with Bennett Consulting. Maybe those floggers come in handy when Windows crash once again and she needs something to use to beat the crap out of the PC? Maybe she needs something to use when the toilet runs out of paper?
No diary in sight though. Maybe that’s for her first day at work.
At any rate, the person interviewing her, John Bennett (take note of his last name), likes what he sees when her briefcase accidentally opens. What follows is a nice blurring of professional and personal life as he decides to use the flogger and she bares her behind. Not that she is doing this to get a career or anything, of course, or that he is abusing his position to have sex with his employees, because this is true love. Or something.
Ridiculous and clichéd to the core, the best I can say about Taking the Job is that at least it’s a quick read that one can finish during a cigarette break. I wonder if that is as quick as the time taken by the author to crank out this story.