Spice – Jenna Jameson and Jamie Schmidt – Book Review
April 2, 2018
In Spice, an honest and engaging book we meet the former porn star, Liz (Spice), and the attractive but secretive, Sean. Let’s watch Liz and Sean find a way to love each other even with closets full of secrets and insecurities.
Under the name of Spice, she was the biggest thing in X-rated films. Under the name of Liz Carter, she’s now kicked her deadbeat boyfriend, her career, and Los Angeles to the curb.
After surviving cancer, Liz is back in her native New York City, launching a new life as a graphic designer and single mother to a young son. Relationship-wise, she’s staying solo and loving it. Plus, she has everything she needs in the group known as FATE, whose members offer each other empathy and support when it comes to overcoming an “exploitable” past.
But then someone new joins–a former male stripper with a sexy Irish brogue who has Liz reconsidering her future, and feeling attractive for the first time since her diagnosis. Sean O’Malley now runs an afterschool program for kids. He likes what he’s found in FATE–and what he sees in its sharp and stimulating leader. But Sean has a bigger secret than he’s letting on. There’s a part of his past he’s not ready to share with anyone. And the harder he falls for Liz, the more he fears that coming clean could break the heart of the woman he loves.
Before I get into this review, I want to take a couple seconds and thank the authors for dealing with breast cancer in such a compassionate and realistic way. As sad as it was to read, I appreciated the honest look at how breast cancer affects a person’s body and self-esteem even after the cancer is gone. It’s a disease that’s glamorized with pink ribbons and witty t-shirts way too often, so this was refreshing.
When I read there is two things I’m looking for: 1. I need to be engaged. 2. I need to fall in love with the characters. This book met both criteria.
Once I started reading I didn’t want to put the book down. The storyline was well thought out and realistic. I enjoyed the interactions between Liz and Sean. It was awesome to get glimpses into both of their minds. It made it easier to understand where they were coming from.
I could relate to the characters and fell in love with them both. I appreciated Liz’s honesty regarding her time as a porn star; she chooses a career she enjoyed, simple as that. Liz is a character that could be anybody. She loves her son more than anything and he influences every decision she makes. Like many single mothers, she’s neglected herself to raise her child.
Then Sean comes along and makes her feel things she hasn’t felt in years. He embraces her and all of her insecurities, making her feel beautiful. He even likes her son! Problem is Sean isn’t telling Liz everything and when his secrets come out, you can imagine she’s not impressed.
The intimacy and I am saying intimacy because it was so much more than just sex was hot. It was also respectful and just naughty enough to keep things interesting.
Overall, Spice was a well-written book with relatable characters and enough drama and angst to keep me interested. I’d recommend it to pretty much everyone who likes a good story with a lot of naughty scenes.
If you enjoy books about strippers you might enjoy Stripped.