The premise of this novella is a wealthy middle-age man taking on a younger female protégé to teach her the art of sensual submission by having her function as his live-in lover and acting out erotic charades with him. The narrative is told from the perspective of the protégé and often has a florid and breathless quality to it. Dixie vaguely refers to agreeing to this unorthodox relationship with Mitchell but doesn’t provide any real explanation of how or why it came to be.
Charade has very minimal plot to it, just enough to move the story from one sexual scenario to the next. There is some indication that both players are becoming emotionally attached, but that is left hanging when the story concludes. The erotic elements are somewhat varied and risqué without being particularly hard core. They range from first-time anal sex and bare hand spanking to exhibitionistic masturbation and a ménage a trois with Mitchell’s brother Alex.
Overall, this is a pleasant erotic read but not particularly noteworthy. It has the feel of a manuscript that needs a little more editing before it reaches its full potential. Author Sabrina Luna has the potential to become an excellent erotica writer. Keep an eye out for her.