For Authentication Purposes by Amber L. Johnson
Publisher: TWCS Publishing House on March 5, 2015
Genre(s): Erotic Romance (Adult), Romantic Comedy (Adult)
Dawn Sims has made a name for herself writing romantic fiction online. When she's pushed to try her hand at publishing, she thinks she has everything figured out. The only problem? She's never been in a relationship, especially one that has led her to finding The Big O.
So much for writing what you know.
Warner Green has had Dawn in his sights since she walked into his class in seventh grade. She broke his teenage heart not once, but twice, so seeing her in his night class at the local community college was an unexpected surprise.
Accidentally reading her bad erotica on her laptop was a blessing from the Smut Gods themselves.
It's clear she has no idea what she's writing about, but Warner does. In fact, he knows so much that he's willing to offer her his services. The deal is simple: teach the good girl from high school everything she needs to know to write from experience. If he gets to live out a fantasy or two that he's been harboring for almost a decade, then there's no harm in that either.
The lessons turn more heated, and Dawn begins to question where Warner has learned his skills, but he's not ready to talk, until his past comes back to haunt him at the worst possible time.
It shouldn't matter when it's for authentication purposes only.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Dawn is a writer — or at least she’s trying to be. But she’s writing something she knows absolutely nothing about, and when Warner gets a look at what she’s written, he doesn’t plan on letting her hear the end of it. What he does plan on is offering his “services” to clue her in on what hot sex is really like. For the good of her writing, of course.
Okay, so it’s not exactly a secret that I’m not a rabid fan of erotica. However, I am a big fan of Amber L. Johnson, and since she threw a humorous spin on this one and has already established herself as super-awesome-romance-writer (she has the cape and tights and everything), did you really think I wasn’t going to read it? So after a false start (a.k.a. the big fat NO on NetGalley), one of my favorite book blog tour organizers fed my addiction with a surprise Amazon gift card, and… Well, I guess I don’t have to tell you the first thing I bought with it. And thus continues my reading and reviewing everything Johnson publishes…
Dawn is as awkward as awkward gets when it comes to writing steamy love scenes. Schooled by bodice rippers and mass produced romances, she doesn’t know the first thing about real sex, and I have to say I was utterly mortified for her. Warner, to be honest, is kind of a jerk, and I hated the way he made fun of her efforts — probably just because I’d have died if someone pulled that with me. But as their lives are explained, it becomes clear that Warner is that proverbial boy on the playground, pulling Dawn’s pigtails to get her attention, even though it might make her cry.
He’s clearly harbored some interest, if not some feelings for her for a very long time, so he takes advantage of the opportunity her bad metaphors present and offers to help her learn her way around the bedroom. Obviously, it’s not a selfless offer — he’s getting exactly what he wants out of it — but it’s much more than either of them really bargained for.
Their relationship was hilarious and tense and filled with all kinds of emotion, and I have to say that the author got it right when she called it “humorotica.” As hot as things got, there was always a little bit of laughter, a refusal to take things too seriously, and some wonderfully realistic awkwardness. Let’s face it, as much as we want to think the love scenes spelled out in romances are the way things really are, we know all too well that nothing is ever that polished and perfect. Dawn and Warner’s romance simply put it in writing and gave us something we could all nod our heads and agree with.
I would absolutely recommend this one to anyone who likes a bit of laughter with their love, sex scenes that don’t seem scripted and unreal, and a good, strong romance story to back it all up.