Sunday, January 25, 2015

Spotlight #review: The Barter System by Shayne McClendon

 Some people will go to great lengths to get their research.

Riya O’Connell requests applications from men around the country willing to participate in the research she needs for her dissertation on Male Sexuality. She narrows down her thousands of submissions to eight men. In return, Riya will give them…whatever they want.

As her project progresses, Riya realizes she’s chosen the eight men in the country who would love her well and that she could easily love in return. She leaves subject after subject with a small piece of her heart.

Ultimately, Riya discovers where she truly belongs…and gets an education she didn’t plan on.

NOTE: This story contains explicit sexual scenes and language and is intended for mature audiences only. Do not read this novel if intense sexual situations offend you.

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 I've been wanting to read this book for a while and I'm glad I finally did.
While this is not a book for the faint of heart, due to the  sexual situations, it provides a very interesting and elaborate story behind each character.
Riya O'Connell is working on her dissertation on male sexuality. She creates an elaborate system to study the subjects she feels will be more helpful, and it all comes down to 8 men at the end.  
She will travel across the country to meet with them, interview them, and collect data, in return, she will give them anything they want.
 I found that while Riya is working on her dissertation she's also working on discovering herself, as well as helping her subjects do the same. As she goes through her subjects she realizes that perhaps things are a bit more complicated than she had imagined, she might have a lot of academic experience when it comes to sex, but when love became part of the equation she was a bit out of her league.
The selection process the author describes is pretty intricate and I was very impressed with her ideas, not only that, but she describes these men and Riya like they were real, which make it easier for the reader to relate not only to the characters but to the story going on as well.
This is a story with lots of hi's and lows, a true representation of the human psyche. Not all of us are open enough to live something like this or even read about it, but it makes for an interesting and different read. 
I loved the end, and I loved that Riya found something I don't think she was expecting. 
Who did she end up with? You'll have to read the book and find out.
Well written and excellent character development.
Five well deserved stars for this system. 

Meet the Author 
  Shayne McClendon is an indie author who has received rave reviews for her premiere novel "The Barter System." Other projects recently released are "Completely Wrecked," "In the Service of Women," "Yes to Everything," "Damaged," "Being Delightful," "The Hermit," "Hudson" - the second book set in "The Barter System" world, and many more.

Writer, mom, and hermit...Shayne listens to the voices in her head because their ideas are awesome. Those around her have learned not to question the crazy. Coffee consumption is too high, amount of sleep is too low, but the words always feel just right.

She currently lives in Oklahoma wrangling teenagers, opening doors for her pets, and running her content writing company. She dreams of peace, quiet, travel, and always having a viable internet connection.

You can contact her by email at, stop by her Facebook page, or visit her website and subscribe for your free story!

Shayne McClendon's work is available at Amazon. Signed print editions of her work are available on her website.

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