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Sara Habein’s #CBR4 Review #28: Irresistible edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Irresistible: Erotic Romance for Couples
edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

“I wanted to explore what happens after [meeting], once those people have been together a while (even a short while),” Rachel Kramer Bussel writes in her introduction to Irresistible. “I wanted to see what sparks fictional couples could produce on the page, and the results are, well, scorching.” I’d never really thought about it before, but I suppose one would more often see “two people meet” stories in erotica rather than stories about established couples. Funny how a common state of existence can suddenly seem so novel. Irresistible focuses mainly on heterosexual, monogamous couples, but the results are far from boring, and other sexual variances make their way into fray. The writing is mostly strong, and most every story is satisfying.

My full review can be found on Glorified Love Letters. (Maybe NSFW? Depends on where you work, I guess.)

DragonDreamsJen’s #CBR4 Review #44 Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Unlike many of the more traditional romance novels, Night Pleasures does not feature a bare chested man in some heroic pose or a slender woman swooning against his rippling muscles.  One of the many things that makes Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter novels so unique is the variety of ways in which they forge paths of their own instead of conforming to the expected.

Night Pleasures is Kenyon’s second novel in this amazing series.  It details the struggles that  the Immortal Kyrian of Thrace and paranormal-denying human Amanda Devereaux must face from the moment they awaken handcuffed together.  The forces of evil have mistaken Amanda for her vampire-slayer twin sister, Tabitha, in the hopes that she and Kyrian will destroy each other before the God-forged handcuffs are removed.

The story starts with steamy scenes and handcuffs… then devolves into a romping adventure so blatantly sensual that I found the story hard to read if my teenagers were close by.  Too many questions about why Mom is blushing that deeply!  This book also features the first appearance of Nick Gautier (albeit an older version who has his driver’s license but is still a Squire) and Kyrian’s Spanish housekeeper, Rosa.  There seemed to be  a slight inconsistency or two in some minor details… but since The Chronicles of Nick deals with a future that keeps shifting slightly, these can certainly be chalked up to the eternal time paradox escape clause!

The more I read Kenyon’s works, the more impressed I am with her vivid prose, incredible sensuality and captivating characters.  Her ability to carve out a new genre in the heavily saturated romance novel world is a testament to her writing ability.  The Chronicles of Nick series certainly proved that she doesn’t need graphic sexual scenes to sell a good story… but with the summer on it’s way, I also don’t mind having a new author and a slew of steamy books to make any rainy weather more bearable! Very few “bodice rippers” written by anyone other than Nora Roberts have remained in my household library.  Now that I am beginning to track down the Dark Hunter novels to read in the recommended chronological order, I will need to make more book shelf space among the Ks this summer to accommodate the growing collection!

Paperback format, 309 pages, published in 2002 by St. Martin’s Griffin

HelloKatieO’s #CBR4 Review #33: Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

I felt compelled to read this after it became a pop culture phenomenon.  In case you missed the story of this trilogy, E L James is an Australian writer who originally published the books as one, epic novel online. And the novel is a “re-imagining” of the Twilight love story…so Twilight fan fiction.  The novels spread like wildfire – as the New York Times noted, they were impossible to find in print so women were discreetly downloading copies to their Kindles.

This is the love story (sex adventures?) of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. Christian, a twenty seven year old billionaire play boy with firmly established BDSM tendencies.  Anastasia, a young, awkward, sexually inexperienced college student goes to interview Christian. Sparks fly, Christian introduces Ana to his lifestyle, and they embark on a dominant/submissive relationship.

It’s hard for me to review this because there is so little plot. Or character development. There’s pretty much nothing in this book except for sex.  A lot of sex – that takes place in all kinds of places, including Christian’s Red Room.

And there’s more…

KatSings’ #CBR4 Review #10 – Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

DISCLAIMER: This is erotic fiction.  Proceed with due caution.

A good read, not a great one (the writing is a little off, but the story and characters are good). I know this has recently become the IT book to talk about, and I started reading it a few days before EW posted their review.  Not sure if I’ll pick up the rest of the trilogy or not.

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