My Thoughts: Immediately I want to point out that this book contains very mature subject matter and might not be for everyone. I honestly found it sligMy Thoughts: Immediately I want to point out that this book contains very mature subject matter and might not be for everyone. I honestly found it slightly uncomfortable myself at first as it goes against the way I was raised, but I quickly recovered from my discomfort and enjoyed the book greatly.
Mercedes wants to be loved, but she doesn't really know it. Named after a car her father loved more than her, the same car he ran away from her and her mother in, and stuck with a mother who wants to be more like her party friend than her mother, Mercedes is left feeling a little empty inside.
It is also implied very early on (so no spoiler here) that Mercedes did not have an enjoyable "first time" and that something happened to turn that relationship very sour. As such, Mercedes is determined to make sure other girls get their perfect first time. She helps the boys in the relationship by being their first so that they can then go ahead and make their girlfriend's first time that special moment it is meant to be.
Mercedes insists on keeping every aspect of her life separate and compartmentalized. She doesn't let many people get too close. She has one friend, Angela, who is unaware of the other aspects of her friend's life. She has one guy she enjoys having sex with, but she doesn't consider him a friend, and definitely not a boyfriend. He is kept separate from her friend and everything else. Then there are the guys she "helps". They aren't friends, they aren't boyfriends, they usually don't even know one another. All they are are nicknames and numbers in a notebook. They have no other part in her life. But can things really remain that way forever? What happens when everything starts to mingle and mix together? You really need to read this book to find out!
Before stating anything further I have to make this one thing very clear. THIS IS NOT A YA NOVEL!
OK. Now that I have that out of the way, let's continBefore stating anything further I have to make this one thing very clear. THIS IS NOT A YA NOVEL!
OK. Now that I have that out of the way, let's continue!
This is one quick and steamy novel of awesomeness! I have always been a huge fan of the whole Beauty and the Beast theme, and Jax Garren doesn't destroy my faith in the story type at all. in fact, I have the urge to rush out and re-read all BatB novels right this minute!
There is so much to love in this novel, and not a lot to not like. I think one of my favorite things is the main character Jolie (don't get me wrong, I love Haul too). But Jolie is special for many reasons, one of which is that she has Celiac Disease. As someone who has a serious gluten sensitivity herself I just felt an instant connection with her. Add this to the fact that she is a dancer/aerial performer...wow...just an amazing and well rounded character. I absolutely adore her. You will understand when, not if, you read this book.
Steamy scenes where you hold your breath in anticipation of the excitement to come A firm grasp in weaving in tension without killing the reader with it Absolutely wonderfully stable characters you cannot help to love...every single one of them A main character who has celiac disease...love the added depth of this A fabulous and realistic underground steampunky community Piercings, tattoos, steampunk, burlesque, magic and mystery...oh my!
The fight scenes, especially at the end, move very quickly and don't flow well.
This is a really well written steamy book that mixes action, romance, great characters, and so much more into a VERY enjoyable product. I suggest you read this now if you don't mind a little blushing as you read......more