Friday Booktalk

A Little Night Music – Sarah Dale

I had this one in my TBR pile for a while. I’ve really enjoyed Cheek’s contemporaries and this book kept that streak going.

Hannah kisses her idol, rock star Nate when she’s a clumsy 17 year old but after she runs off in horror, she vows she’ll bed him one day.

So lo and behold, nine years later she’s a bigshot PR specialst handling celebrities who need a comeback and Nate has gone from the heights of success to rock bottom and is trying to make his way back.

Of course they have great chemistry from go and an intense physical relationship starts on the sly but the media can’t be far behind and Hannah feels she’ll have to choose between her job and the man she’s come to love.

I think Dale (who also writes under a few other names in several genres, all quite ably) takes a cliche and gives it life in this story.

This isn’t a young girl’s crush and an old has been – in Hannah and Nate, we’ve got two interesting and complicated people who have to really figure out who they are and what is truly important.

The sex is very well done (Dale also writes erotica with another pen name) and I came away really entertained. This is a truly well written erotic romance. I highly recommend it!

Emma Holly – Fairyville

I love Emma Holly. I think hers were the first true erotic novels I read with romantic elements. I’ve remained a fan as she transitioned into steampunk and paranormals but I’ve always loved her erotics best. I think this may be why I wasn’t shocked by the level of sexuality in the book, given her backlist, I assumed the book would have a lot of sexual content.

Fairyville is a great mix of paranormal and erotic. And make no mistake, Fairyville is an erotic with an HEA. I’ll say up front there is about 60% of the sexual interaction in the book that is male/male but IMO, few people write it as well as Holly and I thought she did a bang up job (um, no pun intended)

I want to say I think of many authors out there in the erotic romance/erotica genre, Emma Holly is a prime example of how it’s not about the specific combination of body parts but about the connection and emotion in the scene. When I read Fairyville, much as when I read Menage (the first Holly book I read and the book that changed my perspective on MM romance many years ago) – what caught me was the people, not their gender.

Zoe is a wonderfully likeable character who is unusual for a romance heroine (I’ll let you read it to see why). Magnus is a fabulous hero. The other cast of characters from an evil Fairy queen to the Alex (the changeling PI) and Bryan, his human lover are all flawed and interesting.

I wanted more of the little fairies and of the fairy realm and I hope Holly takes us back there soon.

A fun, sexy read.

Suzanne Enoch – Twice The Temptation

While I enjoy Enoch’s historicals, it’s really her contemporary series with Sam and Rick that makes me seek her out so when I saw this half and half historical/contemp about a cursed diamond that featured Sam and Rick, I grabbed it.

I rather enjoyed the first novella, the historical one featuring Rick’s ancestor and his heroine. I think what I liked most was the way the heroine was far more complex than we first understand. It takes a lot to maneuver that much in a novella.

And of course, having all the background on Sam and Rick in previous books, the second novella flowed better because the world, etc is already established.

Great sexual chemistry between them and Sam and Rick are fabulous characters!

A really fun read and now I must get to A Touch of Minx – a full length Sam and Rick story.

2 comments to “Friday Booktalk”

  1. Red Garnier
    September 28th, 2007 at 3:56 pm · Link

    Oooh, these look yum. I love Emma Holly and Suzanne, though haven’t read Sara, I’ll remedy that stat! 😀

  2. Cathy M
    September 28th, 2007 at 7:53 pm · Link

    I always find new books to read from your great reviews. Thanks Lauren.