I read dozens of books every month. Most have a formula that works in today’s world for today’s reader, whether male or female, likes vanilla or ‘lifestyle’ sex. Some have a different twist, others are boringly the same.
The Pet Shop is so edgy and different it just jumped up and hit me upside the head with a 2 X 4. KD Grace has crafted something mesmerizing. Sure, it’s all about sex, and that’s all well done, with elements of D/s, spanking, anal, M/M, and F/F, plus variations of all.
However, what I liked best was that high-powered people would willingly choose to be a pet, in order to be pampered, coddled, and loved for a short time, to get away from their hurry-up lives. This is not a BDSM lifestyle book. Those elements take a background to the basic human need to treat and be treated the same as the creatures of the earth who need help and caring.
If people are to care for the earth and its denizens, then how better to realize what pets need than to take a pet’s place for a day or a weekend? The parent company to The Pet Shop is a Sierra Club lookalike that seeks to place greater emphasis on caring for the environment. An adjunct is born when the parent company, Strigida, realizes how much money can be made for their causes by utilizing the idea of the shop.
It seems that Stella, a stellar employee of Strigida doesn’t know anything about the shop, but is being groomed by the boss, to take over as head of the Pet Shop. Things get dicey when Stella falls for her pet, Tino, and he seems to fall for her. She doesn’t know who he is in real life, and figures the only way to find him again is to become a pet herself.
That is when interesting things start happening. Jet setting across continents, Stella and Tino meet sometimes as pets, sometimes as Vincent and Stella. Stella knows she is only one person in two roles, but are Vincent and Tino one and the same? Or two different personalities independent of each other? And which one is she in love with?
I loved The Pet Shop. It was so well done that I could hardly wait to turn each page. Of course the sex was delicious, but the background story, the premise of The Pet Shop, and the magic between the various characters was much more than just delicious sex. Great job bringing me something completely different to read.
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