Under His Influence ~ Justine Elyot

  • Title: Under His Influence
  • Author: Justine Elyot
  • Genre: Romance, Sci-Fi
  • Format: eBook
  • Source: NetGalley
  • Reviewer: Soo
  • Rating: 3 out of 5

Description:  Anna Rice is avoiding a coworker’s advances when she encounters enigmatic John Stone at a trendy London bar. With his impeccable suits, salt-and-pepper hair and suave demeanor, John is unlike any of the boys Anna has dated in the past: he’s definitely all man. It’s not long before Anna is head over heels in love, and experiencing out-of-this world erotic dreams.

Reporter Mimi Leblanc is wary of her best friend’s latest romance. There’s just something about John… But nothing Mimi digs up about him can deter Anna. Determined to protect Anna, Mimi continues her investigations-and what she uncovers about John is the last thing she ever imagined. But perhaps even more shocking is her own growing attraction to him…

Review: I’m not quite sure how to describe this story… Have you ever seen Farscape or LEXX? A quirky Sci-fi show with some sexy characters, comedy and a corny storyline that can only be accepted on TV? That’s how I would describe this story.

Under His Influence is an oddball, quirky, cornball story about an alien that escapes to Earth with his Mom and figures out how to seduce women by reading a trashy romance novel. Yup. Are you hooked yet?

John (the alien) is terribly intelligent, arrogant and has immeasurable sexual appeal to the opposite sex. Poor Anna has no defenses at all to John’s advances. She was a goner as soon as the phrase, “Man MAN kiss!” dings during her mental & emotional swooning phase. Never fear! While the story has the necessary ditz, there is also a strong, curvy, vivacious heroine named Mimi! Her name is really Miranda but she thinks the fluffy nickname is more appealing. To see how the ragtag collection of individuals come together and how sexy John really is, read the story! I admit that I enjoyed reading this book because I totally saw a Sci-fi show play in my mind with a musical soundtrack in appropriate places. Like tin foil thunder, Halloween shrieks & screams, and porn music without spontaneous outbreaks of monologue singing like Dr. Horrible’s sing-along. Except without the singing.

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