Book #64: Sweet Surrender

Maya Banks, Sweet Surrender, (2008), 344p

Sometimes all I want to read is mindless smut. Maya Banks EXCELS at this genre. Yes, I am going to classify mindless smut as it’s own genre – because I think “erotica” can be better written than this.

Sexy cop Grey Montgomery’s partner was killed in the line of duty and he is making it his mission to hunt down the cold blooded killer. Montgomery tracks down a hunch which leads him directly to Faith Malone – small town girl working for her father’s security firm. Montgomery plants himself in the firm to keep an eye on Faith, but soon becomes too close for comfort. When Faith is put in danger, Montgomery realizes he will give up anything to protect her.

This is a blah dom-inspired read which did little to keep me interested. Grey and Faith were both such underdeveloped characters and the plotline was much more “Mary Higgins Clark” than I was expecting. (Don’t get me wrong – I will never shit on MGH – she was one of the first adult authors I read as a kid).

It was mindless and not really even entertaining. I don’t really even know why I continued reading it.

Book #29: In Bed with a Highlander

Maya Banks, In Bed with a Highlander, (2011), 359p

Well hello there, Maya Banks. Glad to make your acquaintance. After my very brief fling with the S.E.C.R.E.T series, I have been meaning to pick up another erotica novel. Actually, several people have recommended Maya Banks to me, one even labeling her “the queen of smut”. So really, there was nothing to lose. The ladies from my book club and I decided that we should read a dirty novel and this was the one that was picked.

Sexy Scot, Ewan McCabe, is determined to rise his clan above the ruins and exact revenge on his enemy. His son, Crispen disappears, and falls in with Mairin, the illegitimate daughter of the king who has been in hiding for most of her life. When Ewan’s men rescue Crispen, they take Mairin along too. After the McCabe clan discover Mairin’s standing and the land that goes along with her dowry, she is soon forced to wed Ewan. But soon enough, Mairin’s desire for her powerful new husband makes her crave him carnally and he schools her in the art of “bow-chicka-bow-wow”.

Seriously this book was super cheesy and predictable, but SEXY AS HELL. Oh damaged, large, rugged clansmen may just be my literary Achilles’s heel. Although it contained some of the worst lines and similes I have ever read, many including the phrases “ripe” and “melons”, it was a nice mindless break. Mairin didn’t annoy me as much as some other protagonists, and I completely dug all three of the McCabe brothers. Apparently, this is the beginning of a series about the brothers. However much I enjoyed this smutty tale, I highly doubt I will pick up the other books. Not matter how much I giggled and blushed and read parts out loud to my friends.

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂

Book #15: S.E.C.R.E.T Shared

L. Marie Adeline, S.E.C.R.E.T Shared, (2013), 273p

Well I guess I liked the previous book in this series enough to read the second one. I will also, likely, be picking up the third book – which will be further than I got in the 50 Shades series. Sorry EL James.

Like I’ve said before, I’m not a huge erotica fan but I wanted to push myself out of my historical fiction/YA fiction comfort zone. I think this might just be the series to make me read more of this genre. I was even talking with a couple of the gals from my book club about possibly picking a so-called “dirty read” for us all to read.

This one starts off right where S.E.C.R.E.T left of. Cassie was dealt a devastating blow in her love life – her chance with her one true love seems far out of her reach. Instead of wallowing, she attempts to pick herself back up and put all of her energy towards leading the club’s newest recruit through her nine fantasies. Dauphine is a young, shy, retro belle type who has been burned by friends and lovers in the past. S.E.C.R.E.T helps Dauphine reignite her passion and discover her self confidence. The situations are even hotter and Cassie finds herself in some romantic entanglements of her own.

This book was a quick, sexy read and was pretty entertaining. Adeline flexed her creative muscles and came up with new, fun scenarios for Dauphine – with some repeat guest stars from the first book. It made me giggle and made me blush, which I think every erotica novel should do.

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂

Book #8: S.E.C.R.E.T

L. Marie Adeline, S.E.C.R.E.T, (2013), 271p

I am not an avid erotica reader. I’ll admit though, when there was all the talk about 50 Shades of Grey, I picked up and read that first book. While I didn’t really see what all of the fuss about, I tried reading the second book. I didn’t even attempt the third book because, honestly, I didn’t care about any of it – the characters, the plot, even the steamy sex. If Ana bit her lip one more time, I was apt to throw the book out of a moving vehicle.

But, I thought I would give the genre another shot. I remember hearing about S.E.C.R.E.T and being slightly intrigued. I’ve been joking with my friends that it’s Canadian smut, as it’s apparently written by a Canadian author. With 50 Shades, I felt embarrassed to read it public, expecting ridicule and unwanted attention. But this time, mainly because I knew I was going to blog about it anyway, I read it quite openly.

S.E.C.R.E.T surrounds the small life of Cassie Robichaud, a thirty-something widowed waitress working at a small cafe in New Orleans (sadly not true Canadian smut – tear). She is stuck in a lonely rut, living alone with her cat in a spinster apartment building. Her life drastically changes when she finds a journal left behind at the cafe by one of the customers; a journal filled to the brim with tales of sexual escapade with multiple men. The journal leads Cassie to S.E.C.R.E.T, essentially your run-of-the-mill sexy support group for sad, lonely women. Through a series of ten fantasies, Cassie has her eyes (and may I cheekily say other body parts) opened and gains confidence and courage to bust out of her rut and pursue the man of her dreams, Will – the adorable cafe owner.

Reviewing anything of this nature leaves me a blushing mess, as I’ve discovered trying to write this blog. But, here we go. I did like this book. I feel like there was both a better storyline and more intriguing characters in S.E.C.R.E.T, especially compared to 50 Shades. It was less BDSM, more realistic fantasies. The sex scenes were actually quite hot, but I feel my interest sort of tapered off towards the final two or three. The book did not come to the predictable end I thought it would, and I gave already put the sequel on hold.

Overall, this will never ever become my go-to genre, but I feel like it’s nice to spice it up once in a while.

Happy reading –
Laurie 🙂