The Ocala Card Club
Independently Published (2020)
Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Reader Views (12/2020)
“The Ocala Card Club,” by Tracy Leigh, is an edgy Rated X novel for adults about the adventurous members of a Florida card club taking the plunge into unfamiliar sex-capades in order to spice things up a bit.
Though this book may not be for everyone, with its racy storyline and sexually enthusiastic characters, it is a frank, entertaining slice-of-life novel about a group of friends venturing into an erotic, taboo world of sex play. It isn’t all about the sex, though. It’s about these characters, who grow, change, and learn about sex, their partners, life, and themselves.
These characters are people you probably know in real life: Normal everyday people who are extremely bored when their husbands are golfing and want to find new motivation and excitement. Card clubs play regularly all over the world. In the Ocala Card Club, you have regular members, maybe some drinks, good food, and fun. But this club takes the routine one step further, into territory they could have only fantasized about before (topless luaus, anyone?). What starts with the women wanting to teach the men how to dance develops into experimentation and romps they never expected.
Before you think this is exploitation, just know that it could be taken that way at first glance, but as you read about the lives and loves of these older couples, you begin to understand that these thoughts and actions probably go on all the time, it’s just that the only place you get to hear the intimate, sometimes poignant details are in a novel like this. Yes, the book is well-written, the plot is entertaining, and the characters are very believable. And there is more to the story than just fun times. These characters learn things along the way, like Kim, and some find that they aren’t always happy with the choices they’ve made and the way things are going. These character traits give the book a realistic feel, and their progression into unknown territory is gradual, not sudden, which is also realistic.
Overall, “The Ocala Card Club” has the boundary-pushing feel of an HBO special, or a reality show that could be titled “The Real Housewives of Ocala.” Fans of “Fifty Shades of Grey” will like this book.