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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Lussuria #1 in The Luminara Series. An emotional erotic heart-wrenching story of lust, love and light. File U for upside down. Lexi Robertson's carefully constructed life is about to be turned upside down. Recently hired as Club di Energia's physiotherapist, the stunning yet insecure twenty-six year old finally thinks she has a handle on her physically and mentally damagin ...more
Paperback, 468 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by SJ Molloy (first published November 3rd 2013)
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Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
***** 3.5 Stars *****

Lexi is a very insecure woman due to her painful past. With a history involving abuse, it is no wonder why Lexi avoids physical contact with strangers. However, she is able to overcome her fear when her patients are in pain. Her skills in physiotherapy is the reason why Lucca walked into her office for back pain.

Lucca falls in love with her instantly. And he always gets what he wants. Fate had then meeting again in Tuscany. While Lexi was there on vacation, Lucca was there
Jess (the cozy reader)
Big thanks to S.J. for an ARC copy for review.

What a great debut novel from S.J. This story definitely had me hooked from beginning to end. It has everything from sensual and steaming romance, painful pasts, heartache, and healing. This is about Lucca and Lexi trying to recover from their haunted pasts and manage to find happiness and true love with each other.

The main heroine, Lexi is a smart, savvy, and independent young woman, yet the sadness and despair within her is weighing her down. The
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the debt novel by S.J Molloy and I loved it.
The story is about Lexi and Lucca. Lexi is a strong woman who has a past that keeps haunting her in nightmare and she finds it hard to trust anyone new. Lucca is a brilliantly strong male lead, I loved him and he is moving high up on my book boyfriend list. Fate has a way of bringing Lexi and Lucca together. There is an instance connection and chemistry between Lexi and Lucca. I loved Lucca and how it was so patient and protective of Lexi.

Julia Saldivar-rod
Lussuria (Luminara #1) by: SJ Molloy
Review By: Julia Sal-Rod

*I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *

Rate 4 out of 5
I would recommend this book to all my reader friends.

No Spoilers included!

**I really liked this book!

If you like romance and sex well then this book is for you. So naturally it was a book after my own heart! The epilogue was a little confusing and the beginning of the story was a little slow but then I got hooked. I couldn’t put the book down
Angie Mcevoy
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book you feel every emotion lexi and lucca feel I was hooked with lussuria from 7 percent into the book could not put it down of you have not bought it and its on your to read list I would definitely buy it you would not been disappointed cant wait till February 2014 for the next one #lustlovelight #lexi #lucca :-)
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is off the charts for a series intro - great writing - strong theme
Emotional - Gritty - Suspenseful - Everything I like in a strong story
This does end on a cliffhanger and is part of a series that follows both our H and h
I received a free copy of this book and chose to leave a voluntary review
Linda Field
Nov 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW this is one erotic compassionate story of desire and love

Lexi Robertson is young, who is anxious and haunted by painful memories from her dark past. She lives her life by her rules and has a lot of boundaries; she never gets close to anyone.
Mr Caruso has the most spellbinding blue eyes and a very very big heart. He is also an Italian sex god. ( I just found a new BBF).
Lexi and Lucca cross paths and he ignites something in Lexi she never expected, but Lexi doesn’t think she will see him again
Stephanie- The Boyfriend Bookmark
Coming from a horrible past, Alexis has spent many years learning to live again. She has a few select friends that she lets in. She is always guarded and careful not to let many close to her. And she guards her body, she knows if anyone sees the scars left behind they will never be able to love her. Her past left her feeling like a shell of a person, not the beautiful woman she really is.

But everything begins to change when she opens up her new clinic. An amazing Italian God walks in before the
Jaime Fertal
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lexi is a Woman who doesnt give out her trust easily and to to many people in fact, they have to be within her inner circle of friends and only a few of them are Males. Lexi didnt have the best upbringing and still to this day has horrible vivid nightmares of her past. Lexi never thought she would see herself with any man but then Lucca walked into her office and what he wants her goes for, and he has his eyes set on Lexi and is willing to do whatever it takes to get her to be his. Both Lexi and ...more
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky to get this book and be able to read it as an ARC. Having never heard of this author but reading the blurb which interested me I wondered what I would find. New authors sometimes scare me, I know they rely on getting good reviews, and I know, in myself, I have to be honest.

I opened this book to start reading, by the time I got to the 10th page I knew I was hooked, by the time I got to 37% I was so engrossed it the story that I lost all track of time.

I emailed SJ Molloy to tell her.
Taryn Lee
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

This story takes us on the journey of a survivor: Alexis Evangeline Robertson had a very dark and troubled past. Quite gruesome at times. This first book in the series is all about Alexis and how she's going on this culinary course in Italy with her best friend. It's funny because she ends up not only treating one of her patients, but also having the opportunity of running into him in Italy. He's the delectable Lucca Caruso. He's g
K.M. Lowe
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***I received this complimentary book by the author for an honest review***
Oh my heart breaks for Lexi! Growing up with a horrible past but living and moving on.Lucca Caruso such a hottie... Italian AND Scottish?! I just squealed for thinking about how his accent is. Me oh my what beautiful characters you wrote about. You must start This first book of the Luminaria series! I waited for ever to read and I am so lucky and glad I am part of this tour! I am excited to see how Lexi progresses in L'am
Jane Woods
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read of SJ Molloy and WOW was is fantastic! A love story so powerful and intense I could not put it down.
The story of Lexi who has a traumatic past and believes she cannot trust and have a loving relationship with a partner. Lucca, sexy hot Italian millionaire who tries to set out to help her trust and love.
It is beautifully written, descriptive and full of emotion.
Cannot wait to read the rest of the series. Thank you.
Stella Melissa Johnson
Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Stella Melissa by: SJ Molloy
This book is a must read from me to you! I experienced every emotion in this book from complete frustration, suspense, arousal and ugly crying. SJ did an excellent job with reseach and her descriptions, had me feeling like I was there in that moment. I absolutely can't wait for the next book and thank you, dolcezza, for the experience!
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great emotional story. Fab journey of self-discovery for Lexi with the help of a sexy Italian.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in a day. Loved it what a mesmerising story of a torturted soul learning how to trust and love so completely. I can't wait to get stuck into book 2
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So this is my first experience of SJ Molloy and wow is she an amazing wordsmith! This story is so in-depth, descriptive and the characters are so flawed that they can't help but seem so real. SJ Molloy has worked to capture her readers in such a sensory world of the five senses that at times you feel as if you are an actual player in the story.

Alexa (Lexa) is a fragile shell of a woman who is battling her childhood demons the best way she knows how. This leaves her fearful and distrusting of ma
Momma Hellmouth
My Review of Lussuria (Luminara #1)
by S.J. Molloy
My Rating 4 Stars
New Author for me and a new series, makes this gal happy!
Lexi, is a very strong and vulnerable heroine and she has a tragic past which makes it difficult for her trust and move on. Lexi’s story is one of raw emotion, that grabs you and takes you on a journey. Lucca, sexy alpha hot Italian millionaire who always gets what he wants. (don’t they all) Will Lucca help Lexi get through her past and learn to love again and trust that it
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good story with a thought-out and developed plot with character backgrounds. There were plenty of ups and downs and sex scenes to keep the reader engaged. I found some of the scenes over-the-top, but, since this is fiction, a little embellishment should be expected.

I will continue the series to get the final ending. Hopefully more info from the past is divulged as the story progresses.

I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lori Vandenburg
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story goes through a full range of emotions. Everything from gut-wrenching to erotic, it has it all. Lexi's story begins in despair and has ended in the light in this book. She is a very strong young woman. It has just taken her a long time to find herself. Lucca is an Italian god, with the heart of gold. He has had to fight his own demons in the past and is better for it. Can they survive in the light? I voluntarily reviewed this ARC.
Joan Clark
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lussuria was recommended to me by a friend and I found it an enjoyable read. It does have sensitive material that may be a trigger for some people. The h has been through a lot of trauma and she is clearly still on a journey of healing. Lexi meets Lucca who rides in trying to be her knight in shining armor. The couple has passion and love that leaps off the pages. This book does contain a heavier amount of sex but I didn’t think it detracted from the plot. I’m looking forward to reading the sequ ...more
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense. Emotional. Draining. It had a darkness to it that came from Lexi's past. I was equal parts frustrated and equal parts couldn't put this book down. I wanted these to get their HEA but knew they had to come out of the darkness together. I loved witnessing Lexi come out of her shell and find herself and her confidence. This was an incredible read.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it just as much the second time around.
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Lussuria by SJ Molloy

This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lussuria is the story of a deeply troubled and damaged woman who learns it’s okay to move into the light and heal when loved completely by one man. She is wary, and cautious, and fearful of everyone because of her horrific childhood. He is good, and kind, and loving and lovely because of his idealistic childhood. Ms. Molloy crafts us a deeply moving and ultimately uplifting story that begins to
DawnMarie  Carpintero
10 Enthralling Stars but 5 on here

This book was given to me for my honest review.

As a child we all couldn’t wait for Halloween to roll around so we could try and attempt the infamous haunted house. The scariness alone had our hearts go pitter patter but what happens when it turns out that it wasn’t all that we expected it was more? Did we wait on the edge of our seats for something to happen or did we just be live in the moment with anticipation lurking in the corner? At the end our parents were
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Lussuria, by SJ Molloy, is a grand love story between a troubled and damaged woman with a heart of gold, and a giving and generous man with a fathomless amount of patience. Together, they bring each one into the light and joyousness of deep and abiding love, and learn to trust and heal in each other’s arms.

Lexi Robertson is an abuse survivor. Although we do not learn everything about her childhood, we learn enough to know t
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Lussuria by SJ Malloy

I have to say that the first thing I noticed about the book was the playlist and I am in love with that first. It made me want to read the book even more. This is a series book so if you are looking for a standalone this is not it.
2 things. I need an Italian sex god and I want to visit Florence, Italy. SJ Malloy's debut
ARC was given by the author in return for honest review!

File this book under “O” for OUTSTANDING! I previously read Lussuria by SJ Molloy, and I gave it 5 stars. I didn’t think it could possibly get any better…I was WRONG! Ms. Molloy has made some revisions and edits and this new version is better than ever before! The story of Lexi Robertson and Lucca Caruso is amazing! It will knock your socks off! You will be folded, crumbled, and melted for Lucca Caruso, just like me! It doesn’t take much, j
Rebecca Edwards
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I originally received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review! After I finished reading the book I went out and purchased it and added it to my favorites. I had never heard of this book when I agreed to read it. The only thing I had known about the book is what the Synopsis had told me and that alone had me beyond intrigued. I sat down and started reading the book and it wasn't long until I knew my initial impression from the Synopsis was right. I was hooked on this story and the ch ...more
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SJ Molloy, British Author of ‘The Luminara Series’ was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She currently resides in Scotland with her husband, two daughters, and loving gun dog who is utterly spoiled. Along with writing and publishing romance fiction, SJ is completing her MLitt Creative Writing, Crime Writing and Forensic Investigation postgrad at Dundee University.

When she is not writing, reading, study

Other books in the series

Luminara (4 books)
  • L'amore (Luminara, #2)
  • Lucca's Lust: The Luminara Series, Book 3
  • Luminoso (Luminara, #4)
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