Dual-authored debut fiction about a young but seasoned stripper navigating the Las Vegas strip club circuit.
Strong, sexy African-American stripper Melissa Masters, 23, works the Stilettos strip club patrons like a pro, but the dancing lifestyle is anything but glitzy. Now in her fourth year at the club, Masters (her stage name is “Sapphire”) recalls the day, having just turned 21, she left Buffalo, N.Y., for the “fantasy and lights of Las Vegas.” Those days of innocence long gone, she now must contend with exhaustive hours spent lap-dancing rich, pushy, strange men while fending off the sexual advances of Stilettos’ sleazy, arrogant general manager, Scott. Her personal life is also messy thanks to Spider, a smooth operator on the Vegas scene; she falls for Spider, and he fathers their daughter, Christina. The authors amp up the melodrama after Christina is removed from Sapphire’s care, Sapphire doesn’t excommunicate Spider altogether, until she discovers that he’s already married with two teenage children. A hasty marriage to a wealthy, aging retiree named Tony temporarily satiates Sapphire, but soon, she longs for Spider’s bad-boy tough love and a chance to rat out Stilettos’ shady management to the FBI. Complementing the fast-moving storyline are pages of fascinating insider industry secrets, such as a dancer’s sartorial requirements, the prevalence of police trouble and dirty details of the strip club circuit, all culled from co-author Diamond’s seven years as a Vegas stripper. Toward the book’s conclusion, Diamond’s intentions to educate, not patronize, the women working within the lucrative strip club world and challenge the preconceived notions associated with it are discreetly communicated through Sapphire. Diamond and McGann compile a rousing, spicy brew of sex, love and intrigue with a cliffhanger ending foretelling more Sapphire adventures to come.
A readable, highly charged amalgam of erotic action and suspense headlined by a likable, compassionate exotic performer with a heart of gold.