Review: America’s Darlings by Gail Bridges

America’s Darlings by Gail Bridges
Release Date:  June 19, 2013
Publisher:   Ellora’s Cave Publishing Inc.
Pages:  166
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

Leah Collins is a sexual gymnast, a brilliant athlete poised to compete in the Mexico City Olympic Games of 2112. She takes pride in her advanced skills in the sexual arts, but performing Courtesan’s Treat and Raging Volcano in front of thousands of cheering fans is no easy task, especially when sexual malfunctions threaten.

At her side, a pillar of strength and compassion, is her best friend, Benson White. He is the one who scrapes her from the ground when her self-destructive tendencies surface. Benson is a talented sexual gymnast in his own right, the other half of America’s Darlings.  They hope for a gold medal. What neither of them expects is to fall in love.

Inside Scoop: This book contains a mixed-gender ménage, girl-on-girl, references to male/male sex, group sex, voyeurism, exhibitionism and everything else you’d expect from a society where sex is a game.


Review:   After growing up with gymnastics as a huge part of my life, I was eager to read America’s Darlings.  I was very interested to see how the author would incorporate gymnastics into an erotic story.  Apparently I read the blurb too quickly however because it was not about gymnastics per se but sexual gymnastics as an Olympic sport.

When a story involves a plot that is unrealistic, I consider myself an open-minded person and am usually able to enjoy it anyway.  I read stories for the enjoyment of breaking away from reality for a while.  This plot however was a bit over the top even for me.  Having sex in an arena full of people complete with a mount, dismount and choreographed routine was just too much for me to take in.

Even though the plot certainly was not my cup of tea, the story was very well written with great character development.  The many secondary characters were certainly a plus to the story as well, bringing it more to life.  There were also plenty of hot and steamy, eye brow scorching scenes throughout.

Despite the fact that this particular story wasn’t for me, it was certainly an interesting and hot read.  I will definitely see what else this author has to offer.