Full of sexual tension and imagery, Chapter one of “Cinnamon and Spice” hooked me and made me want to know “What next?” Only one problem. “Cinnamon and Spice” turned out to be a short story, just that one chapter. There was no “next”.
Thus, while as an introduction to a longer book, it worked, pulling me into the story, it left me feeling cheated. It left too many questions unanswered, even as a short story.
What was the hold that Jack mysteriously held over Melissa that enabled him to sexually seduce her so quickly and easily, especially since she wasn’t at all attracted to him initially. She’d gone out of her way to avoid going out with him for some time. In fact, why was Jack so persistent in pursuing Melissa? By Melissa’s own words, Jack wasn’t her type, so what was there about this encounter that lured her in? What is the significance of the smell of cinnamon and the repeated use of red imagery?
None of these questions are answered in the story, alas. As a sex scene, this story works well and makes me want to read more, but even as a short story it doesn’t work for me. Too many questions are left hovering in the air with the scent of cinnamon.