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Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. for Readers' Favorite
Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine (The Green Room Chronicles Book One) is a very unique book indeed. What J.D. Frettier has crafted within the pages of this one-of-a-kind tale is a mix of grief, metaphysics, erotica, and love. The main character, Bonnie, suddenly finds herself in the emergency room with emergency technicians using the shock paddles on her. She's initially torn between leaving Earth as her old friend calls out to her, "Come on...it's fun over here," and staying as her husband, Peter, refuses to leave her side. Yet, it doesn't take her long to give in and follow her friend to a holding area between life and Heaven. As her friend pushes her to get "Body Sculpting" and regain her youthful looks, Bonnie starts to panic over what her super conservative daughter will find when she goes through her mother's things in the master bedroom closet. With the help of her friend, they not only get a message to Peter to hide the adult items in the closet, but Bonnie learns how to engage in metaphysical sex with her husband from the other side. Along the way, she becomes frustrated because she deeply misses him and wants him to join her sooner rather than later in this holding area.
J.D. Frettier melds sex, death and a metaphysical view of what happens after one dies into a hot, erotic story that may very well light some fires of Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine's readers. It reads almost like a low-budget pornographic movie, but if it creates tingles in its readers, that's all that really matters. Written from the perspective of a much older woman, it isn't likely to light the fire of millennials, but it might make older women think differently about their current sex lives and about potential sexual options once either they or their spouse face death and cross over in the future. Taking on a serious topic such as death and grief can be challenging, but Frettier did a nice job of using this rarely used perspective and turning it into a hot-to-trot erotic novella for the older population. Readers who want something far outside of the norm, with liberal views of sex, lovemaking and relationships, are likely to enjoy the titillating prose within Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine.