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The Brass Bed (Hinky Chicago #1)

2.77  ·  Rating Details ·  623 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
“Funny, frisky, and far out! Jennifer Stevenson’s writing is naughty and irresistible.”
–Julie Kistler, author of Scandal

THE CURSE: Satisfy one hundred women or be trapped in a brass bed forever
Lord Randall was a lousy lover in 1811, so his magician-mistress turned him into a sex demon. Lucky for him, his bed fell into Clay’s hands.

THE CON: Sex therapy for women on an anti
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Ballantine Books
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Jun 03, 2008 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008-reads
I don't know who I ticked off, but this was another book I could not finish. I picked it up THREE different times trying to get into it and finally just gave up. The author's writing is first person which normally doesn't bother me. Whenever I tried to read this book, I just ended up frustrated, confused, and lost. The plot seemed to jump all over the place and I didn't much like the hero or the heroine. Hopefully, somebody else managed to finish this and like it, but it certainly wasn't me!!
Jun 01, 2015 Marianne rated it liked it
The Brass Bed is the first book in the Jewel Heiss series by American author, Jennifer Stevenson. Jewel Heiss is an agent for Chicago’s Department of Consumer Services. Her boss, Ed Neccio has her permanently assigned to cases involving magic: the Mayor gets upset when magic hits the news. But on the side, Ed wants her to find out what his wife, (and her best friend) Nina, is up to: he’s convinced this “therapist” she is seeing is her lover on the side. Clay Dawes runs a sex therapy service invo ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Stevenson's world is quirky and fun, and like no other author's. This is light reading that you can get through in a few short hours. The story develops by making assumptions about what the reader knows and then gives background in a less traditional way, so don't expect to get all the information in ABC order. That is not Jennifer's style. But you will get the whole story eventually!

I love Jennifer's sex scenes! They always leave you with the impression of great sex, but without any of
Sep 30, 2009 Terri added it
Recommends it for: masochists
Recommended to Terri by: Amazon, who apparently hates me.
Shelves: 2009, abandoned-books
Seriously, one of the worst books I've ever read. If I had the main character's job, or her friends, or her boss, or her life I'd probably throw myself into Lake Michigan. I can't figure out why, at no point in the story, she doesn't just throw her hands up in digust in walk away. There is absolutely no reason for her to keep putting up with the nonsense that is tossed at her, yet she keeps on trucking. Worse, this is supposedly a steamy romance novel, yet the sex scenes are completely unsexy, t ...more
Barbara ★
I liked the concept of this book - a bad lover cursed to spend time trapped in a bed until he satisfied 100 women. But the execution was a bit scatterbrained. Honestly I kept looking to see if this was book two in a series. It was very hard to follow and there were just too many unexplained things - like the pink fog, the smoking pigeons and the nix on saying "magic". I liked Jewel though her nymphomania was kind of out of control. Hell she's a fraud investigator for the police and she's done ev ...more
Laura the Highland Hussy
Oct 11, 2009 Laura the Highland Hussy rated it did not like it
Shelves: d-n-f
I tried, I really did, but the writing is horrible, the plot has potential, but the banter was crap, and the story was boring.
I got about 80 pages in and couldn't finish, came back 6 months later, and I couldn't get farther than page 189. It was just too hard to read a book I couldn't find it in myself to care about. I'm really glad I didn't buy the book, that is was a free download.
Sara Stamey
Nov 27, 2014 Sara Stamey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just discovered Jennifer Stevenson's wacky, wonderful series, and plan to read more in it soon. As others have said, her stories are original, amusing, and pretty darn hot! There are nods to romantic fantasy, but the tone here is sly and subversive, while staying light and fast-paced. Her heroine Jewell is definitely her own boss, though susceptible to the charms of men, and she manages to call the shots with two hunky guys, one of whom literally sweeps her off her feet into fantastic sensual ...more
Jen Taylor
Jul 27, 2011 Jen Taylor rated it did not like it
This book was a huge let down. I had heard such good things about it, but it totally fell flat. I struggled to get through it. It was tedious, boring, lame and just downright hard to get into at all. The characters were flat and poorly written. The plot was frenzied, not very well organized and it was boring. Sorry to say I am not going to be reading the sequel if it is as bad as this book. I couldn't even force myself to finish it. I got 3/4 of the way and found it too horrid to finish. Sorry J ...more
Free Kindle download, otherwise I would never have even looked at this book. Struggled through the first three or so chapters and just couldn't go any further.

Bear in mind that I have a sort of Book-related OCD, where once I start a book, no matter how terrible, I have to finish it. Except this one. I couldn't take any more. Buh-bye.
Sep 27, 2009 Barbara marked it as to-read
Can't seem to get into this one...Went against my rule of "Never read reviews or look at average ratings before I form my own opinion" but I had to this time...And low and behold what I found was I believe the lowest ratings in goodreads history! No wonder, and thank goodness I wasn't alone (this time anyways)!
May 12, 2009 Deborah rated it did not like it
I wanted very badly to enjoy this. I liked the premise quite a bit, but I just didn't like any of the characters.
Oct 03, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok
uhm... kinda weird, there didnt seem to be a plot until almost the end. The book went into details on the characters and story line with no introduction first so it was confusing.
Eunice Robertson
Jewel is an investigator of magical occurrences in her city. When she investigates a sex therapist, Clay, being used by her friend, she comes across Randy who has been cursed to be an incubus until he finds "the one" who will free him from the spell. A paranormal, romantic comedy. (I voluntarily reviewed this free ebook.)
Melissa Basnight
The book was interesting in the beginning with the magical backdrop, but then it got strange and it was hard to follow the storyline. I like the funny romances with a touch of supernatural, but it fell short.
Jun 26, 2017 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After the first two chapters I decided that this wasn't for me. The writing was really choppy and most of the time I had no idea who was speaking.
Bob Stuhlsatz
Nov 27, 2016 Bob Stuhlsatz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humor
This was only a so-so book. The premise was kind of interesting but the author didn't take full advantage of it..
Bev Ross
Mar 01, 2017 Bev Ross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

This book was hilarious! I loved it! It was one crazy character after another! I can't wait to read more books by Jennifer Stevenson!
C. L.
Oct 12, 2016 C. L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hinky Brass Bed is paranormal chick lit at it's best. It's a fun and whimsical novel. The characters such as Jewel, Nina, Randy, and Clay are quirky and funny. This novel is not suitable for anyone looking for a “clean” read, though; it's stuffed full of sex, sex, and more sex (Jewel, the heroine of the story, is a self-professed sex-addict). This novel will make you laugh out loud with all the zany antics that take place. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the Hinky Chica ...more
Tami Garcia
Mar 17, 2017 Tami Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hunky Jinky

It took me a minute to get into the groove of the story. The characters are loveable, likeable and fun. There's a rocky marriage and our main lady likes kinky. This was a fun read, it's fantastical-genies, a succbi and...hinky-ness
Natacha Lalande
I lost interest, the story ended up boring me and the writing style bugged me.
Marie Reyes
Mar 08, 2017 Marie Reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a Bed

An investigation into what seems to be some type of fraud turns into intriguing relationships with an incubus and a man. Great friendships with co-workers. Characters are like people you know. Can't wait to see the further adventures of all
Jul 31, 2012 Ashley rated it it was ok
I was very excited when the new book by Jennifer Stevenson was available for a free download on my Kindle. I might have even squealed out loud. I adored Trash Sex Magic so much how could this go wrong?

The Brass Bed isn't a bad book necessarily, but it overall lacks in goodness. It has the feel of a detective romp without the actual mystery.

I will say this about Stevenson. She writes urban fantasy in a way I totally appreciate. Magic exists, the people that are aware of it take it for granted, s
Lauren Hidden
Aug 17, 2010 Lauren Hidden rated it liked it
A friend who is always on the lookout for freebie Kindle books alerted me to this one, so I figured I'd give it a try. It certainly wasn't a book I'd ordinarily buy as I'm not usually a fantasy fan, but I did find it interesting. Though the premise of the sex demon trapped in a brass bed was far-out, the author did a good job of suspending disbelief with that story theme. I'm not sure if the theme of magic in the physical setting added to the book or detracted from the odd-enough-already theme o ...more
John Presler
Oct 03, 2016 John Presler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review

Being trapped anywhere is uncomfortable, at best. Being trapped for over 200 years would be sheer torture!

Randolph Llew Carstairs Althelbury Darner, third Earl Pontarsais, better known as Randy, has been trapped in a bed for 200 years. His punishment is to provide pleasure for whoever sleeps in his bed. How can he do that? He invades their dreams and plays the part of the partner they wish they had.

Jewel Heiss is an investigator for the C
Oct 07, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
You know how sometimes you get in a rut and you need a splash of cold water to bust you out of said rut? Well - this book splashed cold water in my face and then looked at me and said - You is one pathetic bitch. Submit to me! Yeah. That's how this book rolled.

The writing was kind of weak. I read the first 20 pages and was HUH? and seriously wondered if I should start over and read more carefully. And then I thought about it and looked at the cover art again and thought - No - It's not you....i
Jul 14, 2012 Deborah rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it-now
I didn't get into this book as easily as I have with all the other Jennifer Stevenson novels I've read - even though I'd recently read A Taste of You, which has the same setting of "hinky Chicago". it took me a while to care about the characters, and their backstories felt more plopped in than in the other books, but once I got into it, I really liked Jewel (I have a friend whose surname is Heiss - must tell her about Jewel Heiss, which I assume is a deliberate play on "jewel heist") and the dyn ...more
Aug 31, 2010 April rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Free Kindle download.

Cute, quirky, not laugh-out-loud funny, but still funny, and the premise is certainly unusual — this book was refreshing for me after reading a very sad book. I didn't know what to expect except something light, and that's exactly what I got. The writing is clever and quick, with a lot of things going on at once — so I can see why some people thought it was disjointed; personally, I think they were just not paying attention.

On the other side of things, though, I thought the
May 31, 2008 Courtney rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
I struggled through this book. What sounded like a funny, steamy sex-romp was really the tale of an unlikeable, unfunny, narcissistic, unsympathetic nympho of a heroine. To think this crap book has two more sequels coming out by the end of the summer?

If that isn't bad enough, there is some sort of disconnect. Like why in modern day Chicago are the people not allowed to say "MAGIC"? A little backstory would've been nice. Instead I got dropped in a world where magic is replaced with the term "hink
Aug 11, 2008 Mary rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr-meh
The first in a series by Syevenson. Jewel is a fraud detective in a police department. She finds Clay, a con-man, whose latest scam is pretending to be a sex therapist who sells women time in a big brass bed. Randy, a sex demon, who is trapped in the bed, is the real reason for Clay's success. Jewel frees Randy but also finds herself attracted to Clay. By the end of the book Randy is living with Jewel and Clay is her new partner.
The writing was good but I wouldn't put it on my "favorites" list.
Michelle Hoffman
Dec 29, 2016 Michelle Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Hinky Brass Bed by Jennifer Stevenson is a hilarious look at Chicago as it would be if it were under attack by magical forces that the police are desperately trying to conceal. Jewel is the main character and assigned to try to keep the magical acts under the notice of the citizens. So, when she finds out about a brass bed that can give women sex therapy, she has to investigate. In steps Randy, the demon incubus who is trapped in the bed. How can she help Randy and keep things under wraps? T ...more
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Hinky Chicago (5 books)
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