**spoiler alert** I really didn't like this book. I wrote a review for it to a friend because I didn't want to say all the things I wanted to say publ...more**spoiler alert** I really didn't like this book. I wrote a review for it to a friend because I didn't want to say all the things I wanted to say publicly. Carol Lynne has a lot of fans and I respect that. Her writing just doesn't do anything for me. This particular book made me feel like an idiot. The blurb is amazing and I really expected the read to follow through. Unfortunately I found the plot to be unbelievable to the point that I had to laugh at some scenes from the pure torment of it. It's completely illogical and I just couldn't like this book. (less)
This is essentially a straight erotic romance which desper...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
This is essentially a straight erotic romance which desperately tried to be everything else. Jo is on the run from a man who made her a were-cougar and killed her husband. She’s been dodging him for six months, only to get trapped in a bar with three men and no way out.
Someone reported an anthrax outbreak in the bar and the whole establishment was placed under quarantine. Jo is slowly going crazy as the full moon approaches and her control over her beast keeps slipping, but the bartender, vet and a student are there to keep her mind on more enjoyable things.
First I would like to point out that this book is mostly about sex. There isn’t much of a plot going on and any action you might expect is resolved rather quickly. It won’t do you any good to expect an m/m romance either as it is said almost at the beginning that the other gay couple is mostly self-sufficient. There are scenes of group sex, some written really well, but the rift between the two couples is always more than obvious. That was very frustrating for me, as I expected all of them to be together instead of an occasional round of mutual enjoyment.
All that aside, it wasn’t bad. I liked the guys well enough and the sex scenes did make my blood stir. So if you are in the mood for something a bit different, meaning more people involved in the action than the usual two or three, this might scratch your itch. (less)
Even though I don't read many ménages with one of the trio bei...moreThis review was originally written for The Romance Reviews and can also be found there.
Even though I don't read many ménages with one of the trio being a woman, I can say with certain confidence that this book was different from the others. Maybe because I am a fan of m/m romance and do read almost strictly that, the combination or rather the characteristics of the main characters really appealed to me.
Cal is a football player or a soccer player if you will, but I live in Europe and soccer doesn't really fly over here. He has a flourishing career ahead of him, only, he's not quite sure if that is the right road for him. You see, Cal is gay, and while he does love to play, putting his team through his coming out isn't something he's willing to do, especially because he would play all over the world, some places where being gay is just about short of a crime.
His issue is that Cal doesn't quite know what else to do and isn't willing to just give up a promising future without a backup plan. What puts him further into his moping state is a one night stand with a pretty guy who split on Cal before he could turn around but in that one night rocked his world.
Deciding to take a break before deciding what exactly he should do with his career, he house sits for the trio from the previous book and overlooks the workers there. Then Angel knocks on the door and in come the fireworks.
Angel is a tomboy midwife working in Africa who arrived to visit her cousin but instead came face to face with Cal. Her looks appeal to Cal and her personality just about knocks him off his feet. Then to make things even more interesting, Cal's one night stand turns out to be one of the workers hired to do the carpentry in the house and even Angel can't resist his pretty boy charms.
I think I liked the idea of Angel looking more like a man and Eli like a woman with his blond curls. It made things interesting and it made it easier for me to believe that Cal could find Angel attractive and want her despite considering himself gay. It was a sort of twist to all those ‘gay for you' stories I like to read and while it didn't make me laugh it certainly made for some hot scenes.
All the characters appealed to me and their interactions kept the book interesting. There are a few too many sex scenes and the plot could have been a bit more elaborate – I thought everything worked itself out too easily – but the writing style works for me and Cal, Angel and Eli certainly found a way to get under my skin.
Still standing behind my statement that this author knows how to work out a ménage, I recommend it both to those curious as well as to those who are as hooked to two-plus as I am. (less)
I’ve read an excerpt to this story and found it hot enough...moreThis review was originally written for Hearts on Fire Reviews and can also be found there.
I’ve read an excerpt to this story and found it hot enough to actually read the whole book. I don’t usually read this combination, or any containing a woman in the mix lately, but there was something about two brothers wanting the same woman and her being so brave to bare her body as well as her soul for a chance and forgiveness.
Nikki is out of a job and money after her ex-husband ended up in jail and there were doubts about her involvement. The only chance she sees for getting her parents out of debt and surviving herself is to beg for a job.
Connor and Mitch are two brothers who’d had it rough in life and were only able to depend on each other. They were in love with Nikki fifteen years ago until she hurt them and left them to the mercy of her new-found and cruel friends. Now she needs their help and asks for a job in their gentlemen’s club.
While Mitch is the more forgiving of the two, Connor doesn’t trust as easily again, and Nikki is put through serving as well as making of a film before her two men manage to reconcile the past with the present and the people all of them used to be to those they are now.
There is no doubt that this is a hot read. Most of the sexual combinations are tried out and written explicitly to the joy of us pervy readers. But at the end of it, there isn’t much else to the story. Nikki is seeking forgiveness as well as a job, Mitch is willing to give it while Connor is not. That is the whole base of the story and the rest is sex. It is really well written and emotions do run high in certain situations. I particularly liked the scene from the excerpt, while everything was still really new and the tension was crackling. But sex didn’t bring me any closer to the character’s motivations, to explanations as well as the ultimate workings of their relationship. They do get there eventually, but I needed to know how they worked together when you removed the sexual aspect of their relationship, and that was never given.
Sinfully Wicked is a really good erotic read that will make your heart beat faster and probably leave you weak at the knees. Especially if you’re not used to reading such explicit content. But for someone like me, who finds this pretty much vanilla, without the solid non-sexual base, it wasn’t quite enough. So three stars, but a steamy recommendation for those of you who still like it straight.(less)