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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
The third and final volume in the Slave to Beauty trilogy, Casting Couch, completes the development of Bryony and Andrew with another new and (most) unusual storyline. Relating how and to what extent the character development of lead characters Bryony and Andrew evolves and concludes would be difficult without leaving some spoiler hints—for me, breaking a cardinal rule in writing reviews.
So, instead, allow me to relate the attributes of Tim Bartholomew's writing that make this trilogy a must-read for fans of eroticism, British humor, stories that don’t belittle or demonize the myriad sexual relationships of humans, and with more than enough thrills, chills, and mystery to keep the reader turning the pages. Bartholomew is adept in character development; no easy feat when that development extends over three novels, each of which is easily readable as a stand-alone. The author also has the oft-times overlooked talent of making the ridiculous, the atrocious, the impossible, or implausible scenes appear realistic and creating true to life, easily relatable characters. It’s called verisimilitude and should prevail in all aspects of fiction writing. In the case of Tim Bartholomew and the Slave to Beauty series, this appearance of reality pervades every facet of the story. As mentioned, each of the three novels, from Body Language to Love Knot and the conclusion Casting Couch are stand-alone stories but to get the full impact of the character development and the entire plotline, I highly recommend reading all three. I guarantee you'll be glad you did!