JoeyPinkney.com Book Review
“An Emotional Affair”
by Lamont Wright
5 of 5 Stars
Lamont Wright infuses his unique lyrical abilities into the “An Emotional Affair/Intimate Rivalz” installment of his Poet’s Pursuit of Pleasure series of novels. The main character, Bleu, is a poet/web designer who ran a popular poetry site. A lover by nature, he yearns for a creative soul akin to his own in feminine form. He finds her in a woman with the online stage name of Black Butterfly.
As they upload poetry and short stories, they trade an addictive passion for each other that smolders for a physical consummation. There is more than ones and zeroes that separate the two star crossed lovers. She lives in Maryland; he lives in California.
As Bleu and Black Butterfly takes turns narrating “An Emotional Affair”, the intercourse transitions from verbal and online to sensual and personal. There is a balance between the erotic and the romantic – between lust and love. The emotions are full of infatuation, and the sex is searing.
Once the two finally get a chance to interlock, the novel kicks into high gear like the Bleu’s 1000cc Yamaha R1. Enter Simony Chiavary, the exotic third partner to Bleu and Black Butterfly’s sexual escapades. Enter Vonlyn, Bleu’s deadly archnemesis. Get ready to travel to New York City, NY; Daytona Beach, FL; Rio Brazil. When Lamont Wright takes you to these cities, you will smell the smells, feel the energy and see the intricate details of your literary surroundings.
Wright does a superb job keeping a poetic and complex flow throughout “An Emotional Affair”. There are threads of meanings embedded within the word choice. There are double and sometimes triple entendres. There is subtle wit, intellect, humor, logic and swagger sewn into the narrative. There is a forward moving plot. The duality of poem and novel will keep you on your toes if you are a critical thinker.
Another aspect of “An Emotional Affair” that will keep you on your toes are the plot twists. They come often and hard. For instance, Simony, a lusty Latina, is an arousing addition to the lovers’ mix. She doesn’t steal the show; she fortifies it. Between the poetry and the plot twists, you will not be lulled into boredom. The bedroom scenes are intense, not raunchy. They are sensual, well-paced, well-worded, and serve purposes for later developments in the story.
Lamont Wright’s knowledge of fighting, chess, business, corporate real estate, city layouts, subcultures, interpersonal relationships, poetry and etymology gives his imagination a wide palette from which to paint. Lamont Wright is also a great storyteller. The way he sets up the inner workings of the this novel can be likened to the way that a watchmaker fits the various springs and gears together to make a watch work like clock work.
The version of “An Emotional Affair” I obtained was an uncorrected proof which was converted from one file format to another, so my review is based solely on the story.
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