spin cycle

Spin Cycle

by Teresa D. Patterson
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Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
December 2010


Greta Stevenson is a by the book middle school teacher who’s finally starting to reap the rewards of the career path she’s chosen. Hard-working and dedicated to her students Greta is highly respected by the newly appointed Principal of her school, Austin Johnson. Principal Johnson also appreciates Greta’s beauty along with most of the other male faculty however Greta’s never mix business with pleasure attitude has held her admirers at bay. A chance encounter with Principal Johnson at the local laundromat changes all of this when Greta and Austin decide to throw caution to the wind and engage in an impromptu tryst during the spin cycle. The copulation was not just the result of Greta’s red thong being exposed while removing her clothes from the washing machine but a mutual attraction the two shared for one another.

Greta and Austin agreed that the episode would be a one time affair that would in no way affect their professional relationship. This would have been attainable if their sex-filled romp wasn’t captured on videotape by the owner of the laundromat, fellow teacher Larry Newsome. Larry wants to use the videotape as leverage to not only extort Austin but to weasel his way into Greta’s bedroom. Greta and Austin have to devise a plan to get the damaging videotape away from Larry before both of their careers are ruined. But unbeknownst to Austin and Greta is that Larry has a scorned lover from his past that is plotting revenge on him as well. Helping the story to culminate in a tumultuous fashion with readers wondering just how things will end for the book’s antagonist character Larry.

What did you like about the book?
I enjoyed the fact that the motives for Larry unscrupulous behavior and maltreatment towards women were fully explained. There was no questioning as to why Larry was so abusive unlike many other books that create villains without ever exploring the cause of their actions.

What did you dislike about the book?
I thought the premise was a little far-fetched although I don’t believe all professionals are demure in the bedroom. Engaging in sex in a public laundromat just seemed a little to over the top for a middle school principal. Perhaps if the utilized the bathroom of the facility but on the washing machine and folding table fully exposed to anyone who wandered in.

What could the author do to improve the book?
Author Teresa Patterson made her villainous characters far more interesting than the main characters that the readers are supposed to be rooting for. Which can ultimately force the readers to not care what the outcomes for the main characters are. By ensuring that the protagonist characters are just as engaging as the antagonist characters, readers will be equally invested in all of the characters.


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