The Transformation By Natasha Rostova

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    Three Friends, three lives, one location: San Francisco. Blending fairytale themes with contemporary situations, the book is a dazzling fun-packed story of three women at the sexual crossroads in their lives. Lydia wants to transform an intellectual bookstore owner into the sophisticated lover of her dreams; vivacious socialite Molly meets her match in journalist Harker Trevane, and Cassie - professor of literature - finally starts exploring her bisexual side. All three women set about exploring their sensual selves in that most liberating of US cities, discovering desires they never knew existed. The Transformation

    An erotic delight. This book is composed of three linked novellas revolving around a trio of San Francisco friends: Lydia, Molly and Cassie. Lydia runs a fashion magazine. When her boy-toy photographer suggests a photo spread at Libri Antiqui, a used book store, Lydia has no idea she'll be so intrigued by the bookshop's owner, Nicholas. Lydia's frosty personality makes her tale the hardest for this reader to warm up to. Much better is Discovering Molly, in which the auburn-haired socialite is challenged, intellectually and sexually, by an adventurer-journalist named Harker Trevane. Harker is part Anderson Cooper, part academic/adventurer (think Indiana Jones/Robert Langdon/Daniel Jackson/Alaric Salzman). He also has a BDSM streak, which he pushes Molly to explore with him. In the final story, Cassie, an English professor studying the three-way relationship between feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, poet/painter William Blake and painter Henry Fuseli, discovers her interest in Olive, Nicolas' assistant at the book shop. Scholarship imitates life as Cassie and Olive open up their new relationship to include Cassie's hippie research partner (and Tantric guru) Adler. In a neat little footnote, Adler intends to study the relationship between Byron and Shelley. There are no traditional happily-ever-afters here, but each woman enjoys the experience. Rostova acknowledges she based these contemporary tales on the skeletons of the classic fairy tales of the princess and the frog, the princess and the pea and Thumbelina. There are very few fairy tale elements in the resulting trilogy, but much to satisfy the grown-up reader of tales. Natasha Rostova Three parts really, so far I've enjoyed the second part best.
    Not bad in the genre of presenting lots of different preferences, via three characters who are friends and compare notes (and matchmake for each other, more or less). Characters were quite credible, and the writing good. Gets better as it goes along. Natasha Rostova