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 🙂