Honey Brown is the critically-acclaimed author of a bunch of psychological crime novels. Her latest book, Six Degrees sees her leaving the crime investigations at the door because she is instead focusing on a psychology of a different kind. This collection of six interwoven short stories (where many of the characters are bound together by a tragic accident) is about desire, passion, temptation, romance and sex.
The stories include Threesome where a café owner and a famous chef break with their Valentine’s Day tradition of flowers and a marriage proposal to have a different sort of sexual experience. Two Women is about a bikini waitress who meets a lady at work that she loves while Older is about a young, outdoors-loving woman who finds passion with a man who is her senior. Younger is about a divorced mother hooking up with her young neighbour and Two Men sees two blokes leaving a writers group meeting to explore their sexuality together. First Time is the last story in the book and this sees two traumatised teenagers losing their virginity.
This book is a million times better than 50 Shades of Grey. The characters feel real and authentic for one. And Brown should be commended for creating such strong and independent female characters who have rather distinctive voices. The prose is very-well written here but it is also very racy and the descriptions of the sex can be very explicit at times. In all, this is one intelligent, smooth and sensual look at the joy of sex.
***Please note: a free copy of this book was given to the writer through a The Reading Room giveaway. To read the original review on that website please visit: https://www.thereadingroom.com/book/six-degrees/9264351/