Book Review – Kulti – Mariana Zapata

Did I love or did I LOVE this book?! I can’t stop smiling, in fact, I’m thinking of taking a week off reading just so that I don’t replace these characters with others. It was THAT good.

So what’s it about? Sal Casillas is a forward for the Pipers, a Houston based soccer team. Her team has just hired a new coach, Reinar Kulti. Kulti is an international soccer icon from Germany and while everyone else is celebrating the fact that he’s the new coach, Sal is not. See, Sal had the biggest crush on Kulti growing up. She had posters of him and everything. She started playing soccer because of Kulti. But with so much success and fame, Kulti is unsurprisingly arrogant. If Sal’s crush on him hadn’t ended years before, it would have ended the minute she met him. But she has to work with him, he’s her coach after all. But that doesn’t mean she has to like it.

As a huge soccer fan, I was dying to get my hands on the book. I’ve had my fair share of soccer player crushes and I wanted to live the dream of meeting and falling in love with one through this book :) It did not disappoint. As a humongous star, Kulti behaved just like I imagined soccer stars would. He was not a nice guy. But that was the best thing about the book. Hating him and loving him in the same breath.

For anyone who loves the strong silent type, Kulti was just that. He was so silent in fact, that he probably said two words in the first 20% of the book. While I’m intrigued by the strong silent type, I have to admit I got a bit… restless. The book is told in Sal’s POV and while she was entertaining and witty, I found I could easily put the book down and binge on Netflix, which is never a good thing. But her wit kept me coming back to the book. I identified a lot with her character and so I decided to give the book a chance, and boy I’m I glad I did!

The book picks up massively after 20%. At this point I could not put it down! The tension, the angst, the hate, the love… it all became entertwined into this beautiful beautiful love story. I’m an erotica reviewer so needless to say I love steam, and lots of it, in my books. I knew, just by the first 20%, that I was in for a different type of book. The slow burn kind. Initially I wanted them to just get on with it. But after that I started appreciating the tension. I started appreciating the fact that this was not going to be an insta love kind of book. My appreciation turned into downright love. I mean, they hate each other, they respect each other, they become friends and they fall in love. Sigh. It was truly truly beautiful.

And I have to say, as a soccer fan, I appreciated the detail that went with the book. I loved identifying various soccer stars that had [possibly] inspired Kulti’s character. Like the biter, the head-butter… it made me smile to imagine these real soccer stars love lives. Also, who doesn’t want to imagine that their childhood celebrity crush eventually finds her and falls for her. Sigh… all those posters I had of…. well, I can dream :)

But back to the story. Sal is ambitious and an amazing soccer player. She’s a hard worker, she’s intelligent and she’s loyal. I absolutely loved her. She goes through amazing times with her teams, but she also goes through bad times. And through it all there’s Kulti in the background, pushing her and supporting her and in the end… while the story goes through her highs and lows, it ends on such a beautiful beautiful note.

“But I don’t even know where I’m going,” I reminded him again with the least amount of panic I could muster.

“It doesn’t matter. You’ll go somewhere, and you aren’t going alone.”

An absolute absolute must read… and one of my favourites of the year!

4.5 Stars!

Amazon Buy Link -> Kulti by Mariana Zapata

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.

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Book Review – Remind Me (Chasing Fire #1) – Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers

I immediately loved the sound of this book. An heiress and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks… the kind of story I was craving. The blurb promised lots of angst and maybe some steam, so I dropped everything and picked it up. There were some red flags… he ends up a billionaire so there was the “If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey…’ thing going, but I’ve read some amazing ‘billionaire themed‘ books so that did not deter me. The second red flag was that this would be book #1 of a trilogy. I’ve read some amazing trilogies and series so again, I wasn’t deterred. Unluckily for me, I should have taken the red flags seriously :(

But first a synopsis. Alessandra Sinclair is the heiress to a media empire. Ten years ago she met and fell for Hudson Chase, a bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The romance ended quickly and Allie went back to her life. But Hudson Chase is back. He still has the killer looks but now he’s a billionaire and CEO of one of the fastest growing companies in Chicago. Hudson wants Allie again, and even though there’re a million obstacles in his way, he’ll make sure he gets her this time.

Again, the blurb got me. I was beyond excited. It started out well enough but soon things started going downhill. First we got the mention of his car, an Aston Martin DB9. Which then got mentioned over and over again. The book then quickly turned into some product placement exercise with every make of everything mentioned. I mean, maybe it’s just me, but this got old fast.

But that wasn’t the worst of it. I could deal with all the product placement in exchange for an entertaining story. But unfortunately this wasn’t it. If you’ve read billionaire books (and I’ve read a ton of them) then you’ve read this one. He’s rich. He lives in a penthouse and drives a cool car. You’ll get every little detail of how rich he is. Detail after detail of his penthouse, his car, his clothes etc. She’s rich too which means you get double the detail. Country Club, expensive wine, expensive taste, cliche socialite mother etc. The detail then makes up 40% of the book, another 40% is taken up by sex scene after sex scene, then we’re only left with 20% for the storyline. And not surprising, the exciting part of the storyline is saved for last, so you just HAVE TO read book #2.

So yes, I should have listened to the ring of the alarm bells. The drama at the end was expected, at least it didn’t shock me. It did make me curious to see how it would play out and of course that was the idea, to make me curious enough to wait for book #2. But while I’m curious, I’m not curious enough.

On the plus side, the book is well edited and there was a funny secondary character… so if you haven’t had your fill of billionaire books then pick this up. Unfortunately this will be the end of the road for me.

2 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> Remind Me by Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers

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I’d like to thank the publisher for providing this ARC for my review.

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Book Review – The Virgin (The Original Sinners #7) – Tiffany Reisz

“It was a dark and stormy night…”

That is how the book begins. I kid you not. But in the way that is Tiffany Reisz, it is all in good humor. It’s actually the night before a big wedding. Nora, Søren and Kingsley are in a room gathered for a round of storytelling. They’re about to discuss ‘that year.’ The year Nora left Søren. Left Kingsley. Left Manhattan. Left their life. But it’s also the year Kingsley left Søren. It’s a painful topic but Søren wants to know what they both did that year.

And so we get their stories. Nora recounts meeting and falling for a virgin nun. While Kingsley recounts meeting and falling for Juliette. In typical Tiffany Reisz fashion, the book is filled with humor, pain – the good and the bad kind ;) and lots of sex. I was so excited when I got my hands on it. I raced by all my other reading ‘obligations’ saving the best for last. Did I like the book? Yes. Did I love it? No. And here’s why.

I’ve been such a huge fan of this series. Tiffany Reisz is in a class of her own when it comes to Erotica. It’s original and unapologetic and brilliant. So I read every book with breathless anticipation. Because every time I think I know everything about her characters, she introduces something new that rocks my reading world yet again. So I expected The Virgin to do just that. And while there was a lot of new information, I did feel like some of it was repetitive. Maybe ‘repetitive’ is not the word. I just feel like I know all the characters too well by now and nothing they did shocked me. The book just didn’t have the oomph the rest do.

I think The Mistress was the best book ever, so maybe I compare everything to it. But this one just didn’t make my heart race. It didn’t have me reaching for my fan either. It was good. Well written. I think I just didn’t get as invested in the story. There are two stories like I said, Nora and her virgin and Kingsley and Juliette. The latter was much much more enjoyable. I loved getting to see kingsley’s vulnerabilities. However, Nora’s story just didn’t excite me. Which is strange because it’s about Nora seducing a virgin in a convent :) I just raced past it to read more about Kingsley and Juliette.

While it’s not my favorite book in the series, the events in The Virgin explain how Nora discovered she’s a switch and actually brings us back to the very beginning, The Siren (which I now want to re-read.) All in all, an okay story. The White Years are meant to go deeper into these characters and this one does, but it just didn’t evoke the same feelings the other books did.

3.5 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz

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I’d like to thank the publisher MIRA for providing this ARC for my review.

Series reading Order

The Red Years

SIRENangelprincemistress

The White Years

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Book Review – CODA (Songs of Submission #9) – CD Reiss

God I loved this book! Loved loved loved! You’d think by the time this series gets to book #9 it would start to slowly lose steam but it just gets better and better! If you’re looking at the series reading order and thinking ‘no way I’ll read 9 books’, you honestly don’t know what you’re missing. Put aside anything you want to read and start from book #1, you won’t be able to stop till you’re done! That’s a promise.

CODA is a story about what happens after the happily ever after. We find Jonathan and Monica 6 months after Jonathan’s heart surgery. Both suffering post traumatic stress, both worried that Jonathan’s new heart will give out, both treading on thin ice around each other. They still love each other, but there are so many things going unsaid these days. Not to mention the fact that their love life has now turned vanilla. But Jonathan is determined to change this. He’s determined to reclaim Monica. He’ll do anything to keep her.

I still hadn’t adjusted to being two people in one body, and my wife knew it. She was drifting away like a bottle bobbing in the surf, tide by tide. She wasn’t Jessica. She’d never leave, at least not for someone else. But she’d leave with distraction and indifference. And at the thought of the lost intimacy, I felt a blade of ice cold rage so thick I had no room for a reaction or an emotion. My head was clear. The anger had pushed out all the clutter. She was mine to lose, but she was mine.

Sigh… what a wonderful wonderful story! I’m so in love with these two I don’t know what to do with myself! I want to beg CD Reiss to make this a never ending series… to keep writing and writing about these two until… well… until someone in their right minds picks it up and makes it a TV show that never ends :)

We get everything in the book, heartbreak, love, lust… oh my, the lust! The book opens with ‘I brushed my thumb against her nipple‘ and I immediately started looking for the fan… I knew it was going to be a hot ride and it did not disappoint. I’ll even go as far as saying CD Reiss writes the sexiest scenes I’ve ever read. Whether you’re into BDSM erotica or not, you’d have to be dead for these scenes not to turn you on :)

And the writing… God, the writing! I was on a road trip with my husband and I kept reading scenes out loud to him. He’s not a fan of fiction but by now he knows CD Reiss because I just couldn’t shut up about the book. Did I mention that I read it in one day? And I was on holiday with a 9 week old baby?! If that’s not addiction I don’t know what is!

So Jonathan decides to reclaim back his wife. He becomes the dominant we all know and love… and boy was it hot! But it wasn’t just that. It was emotional and downright sad at times. These two go through a lot. They suffer. But they come out on the other end. Not without scars, both physical and emotional. But stronger in their love and their desire for each other.

He was my sky. And through blood and breath, sin and sorrow, I was his sea, and wherever the horizon was, and the world ended, we were there, together.

If you thought you loved these two before, you’ll fall into a deeper level of obsession. They must be the best fictional characters ever created.

5 stars! Infinite stars! Just… brilliant!

Amazon Buy Link -> CODA by CD Reiss

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this ARC for my review.

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Book Review – Pleasure Extraordinaire – Liv Bennett

A friend recommended this book to me saying it was ‘incredibly hot’ and since I was in the mood for just that, I decided to give it a go.

Pleasure Extraordinaire is a four part story about Lindsey. Lindsey is known as ‘Iron Slap’ after a video of her slapping her kidnapper went viral. She is also down on her luck job-wise after she filed a sexual assault suit against her former employer. Those two things have made her almost unemployable. Until her luck changes. She gets invited to a meeting with Michael Hawkins, one of the richest men in LA. Michael wants to hire Lindsey… As his pretend girlfriend.

See, Michael is gay. And to hide his homosexuality, he wants Lindsey to go on dates with him publicly. But he has his conditions. He will pay her millions but she cannot openly date. She thinks it’s going to be a piece of cake until she meets his two sons. They both want Lindsey and they’ve decided to go after her.

I initially got the sample and even though I had some problems with the writing, I decided to get the entire collection. But things slowly went downhill from there. I’ll start by saying if you want erotic, sex filled pages, then this is the book for you. Lindsey fully explores her sexuality and she moves from one carnal act to the next. It was hot but then it got funny. The writing was a bit weird, stilted. Some conversations just didn’t seem natural.

Yet still I read on. Why? Well the story is not what you expect. I expected a Fifty Shades of Grey kind of story but it veered of to something that kept me intrigued. I wasn’t sure who of the three men would win Lindsey. I also wasn’t sure what to make of the men. They all seemed to have their agendas which again, kept me intrigued. So even with all my reservations, I moved onto book two.

But then it got worse and I started skimming. I wanted to have my questions answered without having to actually read most of the book. By the end of book two I gave up. A pity because I’m still wondering where the author was going with it but I just couldn’t move past the weird conversations.

So a tiny recap. There were some funny bits that were meant to be funny, there were funny bits not meant to be funny. There was an underlying mystery that kept me intrigued and there was sex… Lots of it.

2.5 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> Pleasure Extraordinaire by Liv Bennett

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Book Review – Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3) – Jeaniene Frost

I waited an entire year for this book. I don’t mean it felt like a year… it actually was a year (well, almost) since I read book #2 in this series (which was a 5 star read) and I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on book #3. I’m not sure if this is a case of too many expectations but this one fell woefully short. But I’ll get to that in a bit.

In Bound by Flames, we’re reunited with Leila and Vlad. Vlad’s worst enemy is still out to kill him and Leila is determined to help Vlad capture him. Vlad is not too happy to accept Leila’s help but he’s indulging her a little… he would much rather keep her safe. Which as it turns out doesn’t matter because Leila is captured… again. Now it’s up to Vlad to find her and hopefully settle the score with his enemy once and for all.

As I said, I was excited to get this book. I couldn’t wait for the usual dose of romance, erotica and drama that Jeaniene Frost does so well. As you’ll remember I rated the entire Night Huntress series 5 stars and this one seemed to be continuing the trend. Until this book of course. While it wasn’t bad… it just didn’t have that oomph the rest had. Leila being captured yet again made me roll my eyes. I mean, how many times will this girl get captured before we change the storyline?! Let’s just say this dulled my enthusiasm for the book right at the beginning.

But it’s Vlad… sexy sexy Dracula… so yes, I just had to read on, if only for the romance and the erotica if not for the drama. But then the romance also fell short. I mean, he said and did all the right things, I just didn’t feel it. So I was left waiting for the scorching scenes because let’s be honest, Jeaniene Frost can write scorching scenes! I still remember a particular chapter in the Night Huntress series… wowza! But I digress… I had prepped myself for similar scenes and again… they fell short. Sigh.

I honestly wanted to give up on the book. In book #2 I kept checking my reading progress because I couldn’t bear for the book to end, but in this one I kept checking and sighing because of how long I had to go :/

I will say there were some moments, especially towards the end when things picked up. I kept imaging what an awesome movie it would make because I kept getting all these visuals. When I was done I wasn’t sure if that would be the end of the series but found out a book #4 is on its way… in 2016! No, I’m not waiting an entire year for another book. I’m sorry to say that this is the end of the road for me with this series.

Still a huge Jeaniene Frost fan though. Because- Night Huntress :) But for this…

2.5 stars.

Amazon Buy Link -> Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost

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Book Review – Vanilla – Megan Hart

If you follow my blog then you must know that my favorite book of all time is Broken by Megan Hart. Since reading Broken, I realized I needed something more in my erotica. It couldn’t all be sex, it had to have heart, pain, love… And that’s exactly what Megan Hart’s stories have. They will rip you apart and while they might sew you back together, the pain remains… Sometimes a sweet pain, but mostly bitter sweet.

Which brings me to Vanilla. Another Megan Hart masterpiece. It introduces us to Elise, a domme. Elise has never hidden her predilections. She discovered very early on that she preferred to be on top… that she loved to be worshipped and most of all, she loved men on their knees. Elise is in an arrangement with Esteban, a sub. She sees him often enough but theirs is a sexual arrangement, nothing more nothing less.

“Our agreement wasn’t anything that would stand up in court, but it was one we’d worked on carefully to be sure it suited us both. Realistic, maybe to a fault. This was not a love affair.

Elise is also still in love with a man, George. George is no longer in her life but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t think about him every minute of her day. Which is why she can’t let anything with Esteban be more than just the physical. She can’t let go of George.

“I was stupid with this love. Not so stupid that I didn’t understand that he’d become something else to me. A symbol maybe. An ideal. Something to yearn for but never have, in some twisted self-denial kind of thing I’d need years of therapy to untangle my reasons for craving it.

Then she meets Niall. Niall is not who she wants. He’s charming and handsome, yes, but he’s not and never will be a submissive. But he makes her feel. She hasn’t really felt in a long time.

“Without a word, needing none, he got up. He pulled me onto the dance floor. And we moved together as though we’d been born for it, as though our parents had met and fallen in love or lust and come together for the sole purpose of making each of us  so that we could find one another, right there, right now, on the dance floor where he put his hands on me like he owned me… and I let him, because right then, just then, I wanted to be owned.

Can she leave who she is to be with a man who makes her happy in every other way?

Ah, I loved this! Everything about the book is what I needed. The writing = flawless. The banter = witty. The characters = so flawed, so beautifully flawed. The thing with Megan Hart’s books is that she pays attention to the little details. You feel like you know her characters, or people like them. I love the way they’re well rounded… their flaws, their beauty… it’s all highlighted for the reader and you can’t help but fall in love.

I was like that with Elise. I felt as if I knew her. Her interactions with her mother, brother and older sister, her love affair with Esteban. Her longing for George and her falling and falling for Niall.

Then there’s the flawless, lyrical writing. No one does it like Megan Hart when it comes to describing feelings. I find myself nodding and pausing to reflect… I just love everything about it.

But back to the story. Elise is now torn. Can she be Vanilla? Can she let go of the kink that has for so long been a huge part of who she is? Can she finally let go of George?

I loved her journey. I loved laughing with her, crying with her and rooting for her. I haven’t even really talked about Niall. He’s every girl’s hero. Handsome, charming, attentive. He slowly drew Elise in… but he had his flaws and I for one wasn’t sure what would happen to this love affair. Mostly because Megan Hart is known to leave you wanting… and I wasn’t sure I was ready for a bitter sweet ending….

“Sometimes love takes you by the hand and leads you to run through fields of flowers while butterflies weave you a dress out of rainbows. Other times, love takes you by the throat and chokes you until all you see is the bright, sharp trail of shooting stars right before everything turns to black./ The problem is, you can never tell in advance which way the story ends, not until you’re too far into it, and you have no choice but to keep turning the pages.

If you haven’t read any of her books, you have no idea what you’re missing. Start with Broken, fall in love with it. Move on to Tear You Apart… and definitely, definitely read Vanilla.

5 stars!

Amazon Buy Link -> Vanilla by Megan Hart

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I’d like to thank the publisher MIRA for providing this ARC for my review.

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Book Review – Tight – Alessandra Torre

I’m a huge fan of Alessandra Torre… the twists and turns in her books and the scorching hot sex scenes have me addicted. So of course I was going to read her newest :)

Tight is the story of Riley and Brett who we first met in a short story – Still. Riley is on a bachelorette holiday with her friends when she meets Brett. She thinks it’s a one night stand but it turns out to be much more.

“I told you, this doesn’t have to be anything.”

“Or,” he shrugged, stepping forward, his mouth pressing softly against my cheek, my lips crying for the missed contact, the taste of his tongue, the onelastchance that might have flown by, “it could be the start of everything.”

Brett is Mr. Perfect… or so he seems. He wants Riley and so he pursues her. But things about him are not adding up. He has a secret, that’s for sure, and it’s huge.

I knew what I felt. I loved him. But I didn’t know him. And I didn’t trust him. The man I had fallen for hid something. I could feel it, slipping into bed with us at night, slithering up my bare legs, looking for a vulnerable place to bite.

I’ve always been a big fun of huge plot twists, from my Nancy Drew days to my John Grisham days. So when I found Erotica, I thought I had to say adieu to plot twists because let’s be honest, there’s hardly much more than sex in most of these books. Then I found Alessandra Torre’s books and I couldn’t believe I’d found both. Tight continues in the same thread as her other books, there’s a huge plot twist. I thought I had it figured out but of course she threw in another twist meant to blow my mind.

I shouldn’t have followed them. I should have paid the cabbie, gotten out, and walked back into the lobby. Taken the elevator up to my room and waited on Brett. You see, here is where my story ends.

Thud! Yeah, that was my heart! All the while I had the feeling I knew where this was going… but when I read that I started doubting myself. Problem is, while I was dead wrong… I still felt the book would have been better with what I had in mind. I know, I know… she’s the author and I should leave her to it..AND, kudos for throwing me off the scent but… gah! The twist was a bit anti climactic :/

So what I’m I going on about? That you will have to read for yourself. It’s hard to review a book with a twist because you don’t want to sell out too much of the plot. But I will say this, expect some good erotica with a dark tale intertwined with humor. Ah, that’s the new thing, humor. I fail to remember if her other books were quite as witty… but the main character Riley made me smile a couple of times because of her wit :)

So all in all the book had some really good moments and some funny moments and it felt solid all the way till the twist was revealed and then I felt slightly underwhelmed. But that’s just me.

3.5 stars.

Amazon Buy Link – Tight by Alessandra Torre

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I’d like to thank the author for providing this copy for my review.

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Book Review – Touch (Pagano Family #2) – Susan Fanetti

I am so glad I stuck with this series! Book #1 was so-so in my opinion but this one… wow, this one! Takes me back to THE Susan Fanetti who wrote my favorite books of the year Move the Sun and Behold the Stars! Back to vintage form, she has created another hero to rival Isaac… sigh, swoon and everything in between!

Touch is the story of Luca Pagano. Luca is a man-whore and he doesn’t try to hide it. He doesn’t see himself in a steady relationship and that’s fine by him. He has a steady stream of blondes he sleeps with and he would like to keep it that way… until he meets Manny. Manny or Emmanuelle, is a masseuse and a publicist for her brother’s band. She suffers from a condition that makes her different from most other people; amongst other symptoms, she says exactly what she’s thinking. So when she decides she likes Luca, she goes ahead and says it. She’s not exactly Luca’s type but what the hey… they can have some fun. Until Luca learns of her condition and he can’t help but feel for her, want to make her life different.. and he wants to be a part of that life…

Ah I loved this book! Definitely up there with my favorite of the year! Luca was the perfect hero. Fell in love a bit too fast but the way he persevered and fought for his relationship with Manny was just beautiful.

“I don’t know how to love. That’s my whole problem. I don’t know how to do it.”

“You love your brother. Your mom and dad.:

“That took my whole life. And it’s different from what you want. I can love them from the distance I need. What you want from me is different.”

“I just want to touch you.”

See, Manny’s condition makes it difficult for anyone to get close to anyone outside her family. But Luca tries… he teaches her how to love… and he loves her enough to persevere everything thrown his way. And believe me a lot gets thrown their way. It’s as if the universe conspires to just keep them apart… from mental breakdowns to Mafia deals gone wrong…

“I’m losing you, bit. You’re sneaking away from me, I can feel it.”

Expect some hard to handle scenes… but in the end…

“You’re butterflies. Everybody else is spiders.”

That gave me goosebumps. And you’ll see why when you read the book.

I’ll end by saying that I’m in love with Susan Fanetti’s writing. Absolutely in love. I may not love all the books the same way… to be honest some have been huge hits while others have hit the mark in my opinion, but the one constant is that her writing draws me in. I could honestly read nothing but her books till the end of the year and be completely sated. In fact i have to stop myself from diving into the third book in this series because this is an Erotica Blog not a Susan Fanetti fan club (though I could turn into into the latter :) )

5 stars!

 Amazon Buy Link -> Touch by Susan Fanetti

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Book Review – Footsteps (Pagano Family #1) – Susan Fanetti

I’ve been obsessed with this author since I read a couple of books in her Biker Series. The first two books in that series remain my favorite of the year and so when I read that she’d written a mafia series, I couldn’t wait to read it!

Footsteps is the story of Carlo Pagano… of those Paganos as they’re known all over Providence. See, his family is made of two sides, his father who leads a legitimate business and his father’s uncles who are in the Mafia. Carlo is an architect and not involved in either businesses. He has his own firm which is looking to work with the richest man in Providence – James Auberon. However, on the night he meets Auberon, he realises that there is a darker side to him… one connected to how he treats his wife Sabina. Another fateful meeting with the beautiful Sabina and Carlo knows he has to save her, even if he has to involve his uncles to do it.

As I said, I am very addicted to Susan Fanetti’s books at the moment. She is such a natural in the way she pulls you in… the writing is easy and engaging, yet with dark undertones that she does not shy away from. Be it brutal rape scenes or Mafia related activities, the author lays them out for the reader. Yet the dark scenes are surrounded by so much light… so much family, so much positivism. It’s truly beautiful to read.

I immediately rooted for Carlo and Sabina. It was really nice to meet and love the Paganos… it’s in the easy way she describes each character that you feel these people must exist somewhere. I devoured the book… I did. I enjoyed huge chunks of it… BUT… I didn’t fall in love with the book the way I expected to. The sex scenes lacked the heat that I’ve come to associate with this author. They were… sweet. That’s how I’d describe them. Sweet.

The storyline itself was such a gem. I was intrigued by James’ plans for his wife and couldn’t wait to see how it would all be handled. Yet instead of delving deeper into the grit as she did in her other series, the author chose an ‘it’s been taken care off by the uncles’ route. So while the reader finds out what happens, he/she is not a part of the action. It was a classic case of ‘tell not show’ which was disappointing to me.

While her biker books are the best in their genre, her Mafia ones aren’t… at least not judging from book #1. That being said, I’m jumping into the next book. There’s something about how wholesome these books are, how well written, how unassuming they are… there’s just something about them that makes me want to read on.

3.5 stars.

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