I've owned this book for ages, but somehow it got packed away in my old apartment, never saw the light of day at our old house, and was only just uneaI've owned this book for ages, but somehow it got packed away in my old apartment, never saw the light of day at our old house, and was only just unearthed a few months ago while unpacking books at the new house. This was a happy turn of events, as I have been looking for light reads to help me ease back into reading physical books. (I've been reading mostly audiobooks or e-books lately, and not nearly as many as in years past.)
Private Party is a quick, light read with some very hot sex. Nothing kinky, just straight-up vanilla hot. There was a review on Goodreads that mentions size, which cracked me up but is also definitely worth mentioning. Hey, it's erotica, right? Chris is big without being laughably big. Every time I read about a 12-incher, I roll my eyes. 9 is nothing to scoff at, to be sure, but not unrealistic either.
Unlike some of the erotica that I have read recently - I'm lookin' at you, Fifty Shades! - this one actually has a decent story. Poor Julie discovers her brand-new husband banging his secretary at their wedding reception, and she decides to throw off the shackles of her old life and go after what she truly wants for once. This lands her in the hotel room of Chris, her husband's brother and an old crush. Needless to say, this get steamy fast. Chris leaves in the morning to get back to his regularly scheduled life, but Julie hasn't quite had enough. She follows him back to his resort on St. Thomas - not as stalkerish as it sounds, I promise - in hopes of enticing him back into her bed. Sexy hijinks ensue. Chris is a little macho but not IN YOUR FACE ALPHA DOUCHEBAG so it totally works.
I know a few people will have problems with how much Julie allows her family's expectations to rule her life, but let me just say this: When you come from a family that has traditionally made these decisions for everyone, high society or not, it's tough to realize that you are actually allowed to make your own decisions. So long as you can live with the consequences, of course. I was proud of her for finally taking her own path....more
Zoe Tarleton is a popular actress hoping to land a Golden Globe-worthy role. The problem? The role she wants means she needs training in how to be a nZoe Tarleton is a popular actress hoping to land a Golden Globe-worthy role. The problem? The role she wants means she needs training in how to be a nerd. Since she doesn't want anyone to know how hard she's preparing for this role, she needs a private tutor. Her lawyer, Flynn Granger, is her ticket to success. Intelligent and organized, Flynn is the just the man she needs to train her in the ways of the nerd. Stuck in a cabin alone with Flynn, Zoe begins to notice things about her lawyer that had escaped her before - especially his good looks and toned body. It's too bad for her that he has a serious girlfriend, or the cabin windows would be getting steamy.
Flynn has never done something so crazy in his life, but he can't say no to Zoe Tarleton. He has a girlfriend, yes, but being with Zoe is making him realize that he obviously doesn't care about Kristen as much as he should for a man who's about to propose. The question is: Does Kristen feel the same way? Strange things are happening at the cabin, and Kristen is nowhere to be found . . .
I had a bit of an issue with Flynn not breaking up with Kristen before things started heating up with Zoe, though I do understand that he had never emotionally invested in the relationship. Had it not been for that, this book would have gotten a higher score. I just really don't approve of cheating on your significant other, even if the relationship isn't going well. It's always better to have an awkward conversation but be definitively in the clear.