Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives – Sienna by Tamsin Baker

In brief: The fourth in the series of short stories about the secret sexy worlds of a group of women. Sienna’s boyfriend has a big surprise for her…what can astonish this privileged young woman? (Read more here).

The good: It was a very big surprise for me and Sienna!

The not-so-good: Ready to go for the next book in the series (released 8th January).

Why I chose it: Thanks to Escape Publishing for the eARC, I was able to get my fix ASAP.

Year: 2014

Pages: 42 (eARC)

Publisher: Escape Publishing

Setting: Sydney, Australia

My rating: 9 out of 10

On the surface, Sienna (daughter of Nella, main character in the previous book in this series) appears to have it all. She’s rich, doesn’t need a job to keep her in books and shoes and has a boyfriend who is both hot and nice. So what can Charlie give the girl who has everything? Well, Charlie’s also quite clever and has decided to give Sienna a special present – the opportunity to live out one of her fantasies. It’s a present that money can’t buy. But as we all know from Cosmo, acting out fantasies can turn out to be a very bad idea. Unbeknown to Charlie, Sienna’s already having second thoughts as she lays eyes on her present. The present is not what she is usually attracted to…in fact; it feels out of place in her opulent apartment. Should she call an end to this dream-turned-true or see where the night takes them?

This is a short read, but boy, it’s intense. There’s more doubt and uncertainty in Sienna than the other books, perhaps because Sienna’s the youngest member of the Double Diamond Dinner Club that we’ve met so far. I appreciated this honesty as it made Sienna feel more real to me; plus, it’s hard to be jealous of someone who is seriously wondering if she can go through a sexual situation that’s off the radar for a lot of people. I also liked the aftermath of Charlie’s present when Sienna starts to worry that she’s done something wrong – it was enough to keep things grounded. And the ending – well, that was seriously sweet after pages of super-hot intensity.

Like the other books in this series, this is intended for a mature crowd (18+). I have a feeling I’m going to get more educated in this field as it continues – after each book, I’m left wondering if my Kindle will self-combust!

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