New Fic of the Week: 5/16 - 5/22

May 18, 2011

The Elusive Mr. Cullen by dariachenowith
Review by Les16

Rating: M
Genre: Romance/Angst
Characters: Edward/Bella

Summary: Bella is a high class escort, Edward her newest client. They soon realize that there's more between them than great sex and witty conversations. While Bella doesn't believe in fairy tales, her life seems to be turning into one fast. Or is it? AH/OOC

At only 4 chapters in, I have to say this story, The Elusive Mr. Cullen, more than lives up to its name. When I was asked to read this story for this week's review, I have to admit, I did an embarrassingly giddy happy dance. If you've read some of dariachenowith's other amazing works, you surely understand why. She is incredibly talented, with a unique way of approaching even the most taboo of topics with class and wit, and The Elusive Mr. Cullen, thus far, is no different.

dariachenowith writes complex, multilayered characters and she tells you that up front. Her Bella and Edward aren't your typical Twilight fare, so be ready for that going in, but also be prepared to be find yourselves involved in what makes them tick right from the get go. Case in point - the very first line of the story:

Women are complicated. Men are easy. I prefer easy. That's why I'm a whore.

Bella Swan in The Elusive Mr. Cullen, is indeed a whore. A high-class one to be sure and she's not the least bit embarrassed about what she does either. dariachenowith's Bella is refreshingly bold and confident and as honest as she can be considering her line of work. I love that. She's learned from the best seeing as Rose is her Madam and there is definitely a love/hate relationship there that I can't wait to see more of.

We meet Mr. Cullen in Chapter 2 and the chemistry between the two is immediately apparent.

He's in his mid-thirties, tall, trim, attractive, very easy on the eye, but it's his obvious confidence that draws me in. I like men who know what they want, and it only takes a second to see that he is definitely one of them.

Of course, if you're like me, the very first question that pops into your head is why on Earth does someone like him need the services of someone like Bella? During their introduction it is also apparent that there is a connection there, and on a level that goes beneath the sexual, though there is no doubting that either. Especially because after the preliminary introductions are over, Edward asks for Bella to masturbate in front of him. A request she is most willing to fulfill.

"Why don't you show me how you like to be touched? I want to watch you make yourself come right here in front of me on the table."

"Now we're talking," I whisper, then extricate myself from him.

If you have any question about Bella's confidence in herself, don't.

I have one rule, mostly to myself – I don't fake. I love sex, or else I wouldn't do my job. When a client wants me to come for him, I do.

The rest of their first night proceeds much the same way, after he takes her to dinner where they engage in adult, sometimes flirty conversation. This is going to be an interesting match to be sure and I'm dying to see where dariachenowith takes this story. So far it has the perfect blend of strong characters, brilliant dialogue, a bit of intrigue, and some very hot, steamy lemons. Give The Elusive Mr. Cullen a try. Knowing her other work, this one is going to be every bit as good, and as a bonus she's updating on Tuesdays and Fridays, so hurry and read. You have plenty of time to catch up!


  1. daria said...:

    Thank you so much! I'm stunned speechless (and that doesn't really happen very often)

    I think that's hands down the best blog review and of my fics have ever received. TY TY TY!

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