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Gimme an O!

Gimme an O! by Kayla Perrin Avon Trade, January 2005 $12.95, ISBN 0-060-58709-1

Kayla Perrin's fourth novel is an exciting and genuine look at surrendering oneself to love. Perrin creates characters who are fresh and authentic. Her female protagonist, Lecia Calhoun, is a gynecologist turned sex therapist who has lost her mojo.

Ironically, Lecia has just published a book on how achieve the ultimate orgasm. Now nicknamed Dr. Love, Lecia must deal with immediate stardom.

Perrin's leading male, Anthony Beals, is already a star as the NFL's most exciting and talented quarterback. He is caught on film with an alleged prostitute, however, and the pictures are published in a dirty tabloid. Within days, his career is transformed.

When Anthony and Lecia are both guests on The Tonight Show, they find themselves in a heated debate that leaves them hostile and unwilling, yet they are intrigued with one another.

Later, they embark on a cross-country journey, which allows both Anthony and Lecia to find and define themselves on their own terms. Lecia and Anthony are vulnerable, but confident as they struggle to resist their mounting attraction for one another.

Perrin's dialogue portrays her characters as down-to-earth and enjoyable, and she exposes herself as a true romantic through their relationship. As evident in many scenarios, she is not afraid to allow her characters to be delightfully sensual and courageous at the same time

Tiffany A. Simpkins is an educator and a doctoral student in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also the founder of Sisters of the Blossoming Pear Tree, a mentorship program grounded in the African female literary tradition.
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Author:Simpkins, Tiffany A.
Publication:Black Issues Book Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 2005
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