Diamond Girl (G-Man #1)
by Andrea Smith
Thirty-five year old Samantha Dennison sends her only child off to college and finds herself generally feeling F-R-U-M-P-Y and lost. Her loveless marriage to ‘the mannequin’ has become intolerable; her daughter and best friend have both advised ‘Sammie’ to get a life of her own. Her husband has his own agenda which does not include her.
Sammie finally heeds their advice and takes pole-dancing lessons to get into shape and develop self-esteem, but it serves to do much more than that! The thrill of the dance and sexuality she discovers within herself is a potent mixture. She gets a part-time job as a dancer in an Indianapolis Gentleman’s Club called Jewels. She becomes the dancer known as ‘Diamond’ and very quickly catches the attention of a ‘bad-boy’ biker named ‘Slate.’
Slate is the ultimate ‘alpha’ male; however there’s a problem: he simply wants it to be about exclusive sex; Sammie wants and needs more from Slate. Sammie’s certain she’s embarked on a dangerous relationship with the hot biker and ‘prospect’ member of the notorious Outlaw Motorcycle Club. She soon finds out she’s totally out of her league with Slate and the dangerous people he associates with in Indianapolis. Something big is brewing in Indy; and it’s not about race cars!
‘Diamond Girl’ will keep the reader on the edge of their seat from beginning to end; this book has it all: passion, erotica, romance, danger and possibly more… much more.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
I had previously read the Maybe Baby series by Andrea Smith and loved it. So, when I saw that she had written a new series, I was in. This series is a series of individual books tied together with different main characters in each story. The first in the series is about a middle-aged mother of one whose life takes a dramatic turn.
Samantha is a thirty-five year old wife and mother. When she was a teenager she got pregnant one night at a party. She had her daughter, Lindsey and married the father, Jack Dennison. Samantha lives for years in a loveless marriage. Jack has become increasingly distant and Samantha suspects that he may be having an affair.
So when her daughter goes off to college, Sammy decides to do something for herself. She signs up at a gym for classes. She looses a bunch of weight and looks years younger. One day at the gym, she is asked to join a class. A pole dancing class. Initially she refuses, but eventually she thinks, why not?
As it turns out, Sammy is a really good pole dancer. She has some amazing talent and she is asked to audition for a paying job. The only hitch, it is a job dancing at a gentleman’s club.
So, Sammy becomes her alter ego “Diamond girl” several nights a week. She runs into Slate and is immediately attracted to his enigmatic personality. Slate is tall, dark and dangerous. He is involved in a motorcycle club and he is a bad boy with a capital “B”.
Sammy knows she is going to eventually leave her husband and she begins running into Slate more frequently. The chemistry heats up and Sammy finds it harder to resist Slate, but she doesn’t know is she can trust him. He is involved in some shady business but she just can’t seem to resist him.
Things begin to unravel at home and it turns out that good old Jack is not nearly as good as he once seemed. He has been a very busy boy and he is about to pay the price.
Sammy end up deeper and deeper into a world that is more dangerous than she can ever know. Her world is falling apart but dancing is a part of the new Sammy, or Diamond Girl. She can’t just give it up.
Samantha is ready to get on with her life. She is finding Slate to be an amazing sexual release. But Slate is only interested in the physical aspect of their relationship. When Sammy starts to have feelings for him, she knows she’s in trouble. She vowed not to get too attached, but he was able to show her pleasure like she has never known before.
“He molded himself next to me in my bed; he was dressed in black like some ‘summer’ Ninja; black wife beater shirt; black jeans and ever so quiet and panther-like in his movements…”
But Jack is not about to just let Samantha go. She is his golden ticket. Without her he looses his lucrative job and that just wont do. He has managed to control her for a long time and kept her in her place by being emotionally abusive. When that no longer works, he has to kick it up a notch and the outcome is not pretty.
Slate is way more than he seems and they find that their lives are intertwined in a way that neither one of them could ever have imagined.
This book took lots of twists and turns. Andrea Smith does a great job of building the tension and making you believe in the characters. There were several OMG parts of this book. I don’t want to give too much away but there were several times I really wanted to smack Samantha upside the head.
She was very sheltered and naive when she jumped into a “non-relationship” with Slate. I guess others who read this found it not very believable. I thought it worked. I felt she was just looking for something and found a man who fit in her world. He was a bit possessive and demanding, but I think that is who she is comfortable with, I mean come on, she was married to a controlling asshat for twenty years.
I liked this story and I enjoyed its uniqueness. I did not know what was going to happen next and it kept me guessing until the very end. I would give this one a solid four stars. There was quite a bit of sexual tension and a lot of hot steamy loving going on here to keep you going through the story. 🙂