City Affairs – Review

City Affairs by Seb King

City Affairs: My Quest for Love

Seb King

Release Date:  May 15, 2017

 

 

An epic tale of heartbreak, despair, hope and second chances, inspired by a real life story. Felicité has a reasonably successful career, working in London’s Canary Wharf financial district; and is a faithful, doting wife. Her husband is an author and serial cheater. After catching him cheating for the umpteenth time, she sets him an ultimatum. Meanwhile, a dreamy mega-rich hedge fund manager has been showering her with attention. A chance encounter one lunchtime will have profound ramifications beyond her wildest imagination, catapulting her into a voyage of self-discovery.

As she struggles to make sense of everything, she is forced to confront her inner demons and grapple with the difference between fate and destiny. A strange confluence of circumstances conspires to present her with her greatest dilemma yet

The book is set in London, with scenes in France, Flanders and New York.

Amount of sex 4.5 / 5
How explicit 4.5 / 5
BDSM/Fetish 5 / 5
Story 3.5 / 5
Overall: 3.5 / 5

In some ways, this is three books with one conclusion. I say this as first the book is written in two different styles and second, the characters’ purpose/plot shifts.  Parts one and two are written in 1st person perspective and switches between several characters. Meanwhile, the third part is only in Felicité’s perspective. The plot of the book is written in three different ways. The first part of the book is about Felicité’s spiral into despair after her husband’s latest infidelity. The second part of the book is about Pierre’s pursuit of  Felicité. The third part of the book is about Felicité’s coming to herself through her BDSM relationship with Pierre and a slight mystery as to Pierre’s intentions with Felicité’s.  When you realize City Affairs is based on a real story, you can understand the bit of meandering that happens in the first part of the book. I was happy the book becomes more focused the second half of the book with the pursuit of Felicité and her relationship with Pierre.

When the book reaches the latter half and becomes more focused, it is a great read. The dynamics between Pierre and Felicité is intriguing as the BDSM aspect of the relationship takes the forefront of the book.  The book doesn’t get better just because it includes some nice juicy parts, but it clarifies where the book is finally going.  At first, it felt very much like Bridget Jones’ Diary with more sex and then shifts to more Fifty Shades of Grey (which the author acknowledges the influence of Fifty Shades of Grey plays both through the characters themselves and in the afterword). Both books I like, by the way. When the meat of why Pierre enjoys his relationship with Felicité is explored, this is what makes the book focused and interesting.

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Rating Report
Amount of sex
4.5 / 5
How explicit
4.5 / 5
BDSM/Fetish
5 / 5
Story
3.5 / 5
Overall: 3.5 / 5

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