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The Velvet Chair (Hinky Chicago #2)

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“Hot sex and hysterical humor. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
–Kate Douglas, author of the Wolf Tales series, on The Brass Bed

THE TREAT: Life with a sex demon is never boring
Jewel freed Randy from two centuries in a brass bed. Now he’s her booty slave.

THE TRICK: The Venus Machine will make you irresistible!
A new age swindler is selling beauty via the “Venus Machine.”
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Published May 20th 2008 by Ballantine Books
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The second in the series.

This book took me awhile to get into. I was suprised by that since I literaly set down the first book and picked up the next one. I think the writing style is kind of different. It's a bit like a slap in the face rather than a soft touch. I was a good 40 pages or more into the book before I got invested in the characters.

In this book, Jewel goes undercover with Randy and Clay to try and catch a flimflam man who is selling The Venus Machine which increases the green in
The Velvet Chair is the second book in the Jewel Heiss series by American author, Jennifer Stevenson. Jewel Heiss is an agent for Chicago’s Department of Consumer Services and her boss decides so send her undercover to investigate a complaint about a possible con artist. She and her new partner Clay, and of course her sex demon Randy, head for the expensive part of town. But what Jewel doesn’t realise is that the possible connee is Clay’s father, Virgil, the master of conning himself.

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Julie (jjmachshev)
Jun 03, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
So, OK I thought. Even though I couldn't finish the "The Brass Bed", I'll give "The Velvet Chair" a go. I couldn't even get as far as I did with her first one before I just wanted to throw the book against the wall (if I weren't such a booklover, I would have) in frustration.

Once again the characters weren't very likable and the plot was just all over the place. The premise sounded good, but the execution was pitiful. No more books by this author for me.
Helen Moxham
Much improvement from the first book and an entertaining read

The writing style for this book was much less confusing than the first book and overall made this a much more enjoyable read. Jewel has been developed as a character better and is less wishy washy than previously. The storyline was good again and the book entertaining. I found Randy to be a strange character as from what I kind of gathered from the last book he/she is meant to fall in love with her/him/each other?! And yet by the end o
C. L.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed The Hinky Velvet Chair. More hilarity and hijinx ensue in this sequel to The Hinky Brass Bed. Author, Jennifer Stevenson, continues to make her readers laugh and she further develops characters from her first Hinky Chicago book like Virgil, Griffy, and Buzz. The love triangle between Jewel, Clay, and Randy continues to be interesting and fun. There is still a lot of sex in this book, but not pornographic sex; the sex in this book will more likely make you laugh out loud. I highl ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is great sexy funny and wonderful!!! I can't wait to read more!!!
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series is great sexy funny and wonderful!!! I can't wait to read more!!!
Michelle Hoffman
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jewel, Clay, and Randy are back for another dose of Hinky Chicago. In The Hinky Velvet Chair, Jewel gets a more in depth background of Clay. We get to interact more with Clay's father and with Griffy, Virgil's girlfriend. I thought this book was just as good as book 1.
John Presler
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jewel Heiss has a new partner, Clay Dawes – yes, he is the “reformed” con man Jewel met during her investigation of the "Hinky Brass Bed". Clay says he has reformed and wants to work for the Chicago Department of Consumer Services with Jewel as his senior partner. Meanwhile Randy, Randolph Llew Carstairs Althelbury Darner, third Earl Pontarsais has been mostly released from his curse and is searching for things to keep himself busy while Jewel is working.

Jewel and Clay are assigned the investig
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun read from Jennifer Stevenson. Reminds me in style of Robert Aspirin's M.Y.T.H books, just more adult in nature and set in the "real" world in modern times, with a few “magic” adjustments. In this book the primary characters are fleshed out and given more definition. I definitely enjoyed Jennifer Stevenson's writing and look forward to her next book.
Not hot. Not hysterical either.

This was a freebie, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I don't mind complex, zany stories (love me some Jennifer Crusie) but there was just too much convoluted wackiness, most left unexplained.

I couldn't get a grip on who any of the protagonists were meant to be, especially the main character Jewel who unfortunately I liked least. They didn't have to be ideal or perfect but something, anything to hold onto and root for would have been nice. As for peripheral charact
Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this book from a blind book swap…Ok It’s a shelf in my local post office where people put books they don’t want anymore. But I did close my eyes when I choose (I’m quirky like that). I read it and fell in love! Jennifer’s characters are multi-dimensional and easy to relate to. The paranormal world created is easy to believe could exist. The whole story moved along quickly and kept me entertained. If I didn’t have to eat or work I would have finished the book in one day! I’m definitely goin ...more
Cheryl Liacos-Halstead
I enjoyed the book immensely! Jewel , Randy and Clay work together well. There are funny features to this book. Buzz is up to a new deal and he gets busted by Jewel. You learn more about Clay, his dad, Virgil and Griffy. There is mystery but the humor and action keeps the story flowing. What the chair does depends on you and you can say be careful what you wish for because karma can be a bitch. I do not want to spoil this for you but read and enjoy!
Beth Rodriguez
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this second book to the Hinky series, Jewel and her two honeys are undercover and looking into some more Hinkey hijinks. I love both this book and her first, The Hinky Brass Bed. This one had me laughing out loud, over and over again. We get to see Buzz again , selling his wares to the unsuspecting. And we also get to meet Clay's family . That's where most of the fun comes from . Get this book, you won't regret it. You won't have time, you'll be too busy laughing.
Pamela Gramlisch
Such a funny series

This is the 2nd read in this series and I find it funnier than the first one. The relationship thing with Jewel and Randy is so confusing. It's two books down and Jewel still can't commit to a relationship. What is that? Then we add in Clay who is in love with Jewel. Poor guy. Let's just make it a threesome and everybody is happy. Except Jewel and her commitment issues. Great sex scenes though.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-romance
This is another para-romance that I just could not get into. Four chapters in and I just gave up. The whole "other realm" that happened when the principle characters were going at it was just too confusing to me and I couldn't continue with it.
Alyssa Greatbanks
This was a pretty good book. A very interesting story, and not something that is over-done like many other books coming out. I enjoyed reading this, and look forward to reading other books by this author.
Patricia Solla
Book 2 of the author's trilogy. The characters get developed a little more but the storyline continues to be strange. Once again there's no resolution to the storyline as there's one more book to read.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found it difficult to stay focused on the story as I found it did not move very quickly. For the first time in a long time I found myself putting the book down and starting a different novel before finishing the story and only going back to it when I had nothing else to read.
Renee P
Really, really weird. One minute there's a sex demon, and then people are having an orgy, and then, and then, but its not porn. How bizarre.
Fun, naughty, light urban fantasy romp. Great characters.
Rebekah Crain
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun story. I enjoyed it. :)
YUCK! No more!
Sylvia Patterson
a little better but still not much of a plot
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 2nd book, in this series, another super cute one, I was kind of dissappointed though, I thought the sex scenes would be more discriptive!
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Other Books in the Series

Hinky Chicago (5 books)
  • The Brass Bed (Jewel Heiss #1)
  • The Bearskin Rug (Jewel Heiss #3)
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  • A Taste Of You

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