Summer is over, but just because the temperature is dropping, doesn't mean we have to stop reading scorching hot books! Frisky Fall Saturdays is our new weekly post created by The Autumn Review, The Bookish Babe, Hackaroo's Reviews, and Sim-Sational-Books. Feel free to join in. (let us know so we can add a link to your post) As those leaves start piling up in the yard, ignore them and pick up a sexy book!
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Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication Date: August 15, 2012
Source: Received from author for review.
His hand came off my neck, and he wrapped his arms around me, crushing me against him. I grabbed his hair and forced his mouth to mine, feeding the darkness possessing us…. Submission, yes! Not giving up control but having it taken from me. This… this was why I needed Alex. Will was too nice; he would never abuse me like this. But Alex…mmm…Alex had no such qualms. “What have you done to me?”
Talia indulges her sexual pleasures, turning her life into a twisted mess. Sleeping with Alex is dangerous and reckless. She craves that excitement. Loving Will is comforting and safe. She needs that stability. Why can’t she get everything she wants from one man?
Will has everything under control. Watching his girlfriend flirt with his best friend fuels his lust for her. He loves Talia; he trusts Alex. It’s all good as long as he makes the rules.
Alex doesn’t give a damn about rules. He knows how to play with fire without getting burned. It’s just sex with Talia. No emotions means no attachments. That’s one rule he won’t break. Sometimes dirty little secrets are more dirty than secret…
Her Twisted Pleasures first came to my attention because I follow author Amelia James on Twitter, going by the handle @TrashyAuthor. So when I saw that James had a new release titled Her Twisted Pleasures and she was offering some ARCs for review, I thought to myself "Hmmm....Trashy Author, smexy book, sounds promising!"
And it was! I won't lie, Her Twisted Pleasures isn't a pretty, sweet love story. It's a bit dark, sort of dangerous, and very kinky. So to those looking to be swept away by a romance, this is not the book for you. Talia, Will and Alex are interesting characters. On the outside, they seem to be leading very average lives. Talia and Alex both work in a successful law firm. Will, a detective, is Alex's best friend and Talia's boyfriend. Will and Talia have been together for a year, and Will has noticed that Talia has lost a bit of her wild sexual edge. He doesn't want to hold her back. Rather than eventually driving her away with the redundancy of a monogamous relationship, Will sets Talia up to have an illicit affair with his Alex. This not only spices things up for Talia, but Will also gets...ahem, "enjoyment" from seeing and hearing his lady and his buddy getting it on. Though Talia loves Will and has a very good relationship with him, she is also overwhelmingly attracted to Alex and can't resist what he offers. Alex is wild, uncontrollable and sexually aggressive. Alex and Will play a dangerous game with Talia's body and emotions. A game that is twisted in secrets in lies and cannot possibly end well.
I found the format of the story very clever and well-paced. Each progressive chapter is told from either Talia, Will, or Alex's point-of-view. This tactic helped provide motivations to actions that might have been baffling if not for a look inside the characters' mind. I mean, most guys would die before letting their studly friend go to town on his girl. But knowing how and why this emotionally complicated and, yes, sexy scenario comes to be and functions helped the story make sense.
Now for the smexy bits. Remember how I said that this book isn't for those looking for an uber-romantic read? Her Twisted Pleasures is exactly that. Talia is a woman who needs more than the average romp to feel fulfilled. She needs excitement, the possibility of being caught, the feelings of shame knowing she is bedding her guy's best friend, more danger. The smexy is very explicit and very well done, in my opinion. And when I say explicit, I mean you're going to need an ice cold shower when you've finished. What would seem like too much, or trying too hard, works for these characters and this situation. Many of the scenes left me breathless and flushed. And that's always a good thing, yeah?
Now the one thing I would say didn't quite work for me was the sub-plot. Talia is involved in some shady business with a former boss. Yes, it helped up the stakes a little bit, but I wanted to strictly deal with the naughty bits and the relationships. And the ending. I just didn't truly understand why Talia did that! I will say, though, that girl is a force to be reckoned with.
With it's tangled relationships and super sexy activities, Her Twisted Pleasures is a book for those, who like Talia, enjoy a little more "naughty" in their books.
"Slow swirling heat poured over my body, melting me like hot fudge smothering a sundae." (ebook,4%)
You can purchase Her Twisted Pleasures at:
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Amelia James started reading steamy romance novels in junior high, but her mom took them away from her, so she started daydreaming instead. After she got married, she wrote some of her naughtier daydreams down and sent them to Playgirl magazine. Two of them got published. She kept daydreaming and writing stories until her dirty stories turned into trashy books.
She lives in Colorado, but she’ll always be a loyal Wisconsin Cheesehead. When she’s not lusting after her next bad boy hero, she looks for inspiration in sci-fi and action movies, football players, bloodsucking lawyers, muscle cars, and kick-butt chicks.
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