Favorites Wednesday – Alison Kent’s The Sweetest Taboo

I’m giving this away in digital format because this awesome book is no longer in print.

Here’s the blurb: Erin Thatcher figures there’s no reason she can’t have a hot fling with the wrong kind of guy while she waits for Mr. Right to come along. So when she spies a magazine article about Men To Do before saying “I do,” her imagination goes wild! Her sexy but reclusive neighbor is part of her fantasies every night, and now it’s time to see what Sebastian is like for real….

Sebastian Gallo is a man obsessed. A bestselling author, he uses a pseudonym to ensure his privacy, never letting the real world in. But somehow Erin has consumed his thoughts—in his bed, in his shower—to the point where his writing is suffering. He just can’t ignore the heat that exists between them whenever they meet…but can he risk revealing his true self?

A few words. Well okay two – SHOWER SCENE.

I love the entire Men To Do series from Blaze even years after I first read the books (some of romance’s best category writers in that series – check it out). But this particular book has a dark, broody hero with lots of secrets and a great, smart, independent heroine who knows what she likes and isn’t afraid of it. Sometimes that’s rare, and it really was back when I first read this book.

Alison Kent is a master class in how to write a category romance. It’s far more difficult than a lot of people think to write a great story in within the limited word count – especially a fleshed out story between two really complicated characters. But Kent does it over and over and The Sweetest Taboo is a perfect example of this. (though to be fair, I love her single title stuff as well). Moreover, she’s one of the authors who took erotic romance mainstream before traditional publishing began to have ER lines of their own. The sex in this book works perfectly for these characters (again, harder than people might think). She’s really an author I return to over and over and I learn something new each time I read her stuff.

You know you want it! I’ll choose a winner from the comments to this post and announce it next Monday in the Winners Post. Good luck!

26 comments to “Favorites Wednesday – Alison Kent’s The Sweetest Taboo”

  1. Janet K
    May 9th, 2012 at 3:48 am · Link

    Today’s blog is very interesting. Would love to read Alison Kent’s books as I’m not familiar with her work.Thanks for the opportunity.

  2. JenM
    May 9th, 2012 at 4:40 am · Link

    I just recently read one of the other books in this series and Erin appeared briefly. I was curious about her story, so I’d love to read this.

  3. Christine
    May 9th, 2012 at 5:27 am · Link

    Sounds like a great story

  4. Lori
    May 9th, 2012 at 6:52 am · Link

    This and book one are on my keeper shelf in print, as you know (I have it in e already, no need to enter me). I adore both Alison’s categories and her single titles.

    And I sooo want Sebastian’s shower (who am I to argue if he’s in it?)

  5. Kimh
    May 9th, 2012 at 7:18 am · Link

    Love Alison book read this whoo I won’t be dispointed 😎

  6. StacieD
    May 9th, 2012 at 7:24 am · Link

    Okay I just got off of Amazon and read through all of the available “Men To Do” Kindle books. They all sound great. I’ve added several, including The Sweetest Taboo”, onto my Wish List. It sounds like a great Blaze.

  7. Melanie J.
    May 9th, 2012 at 7:29 am · Link

    Full of hottness. Sounds like a great read!

  8. Pamela
    May 9th, 2012 at 8:08 am · Link

    Sounds intriguing – a great way to tease the storyline, would love to read it!

  9. Emily L.
    May 9th, 2012 at 8:11 am · Link

    Certainly trust your recommendations when it comes to good authors! 🙂

  10. Rebe
    May 9th, 2012 at 9:18 am · Link

    This sounds great! It’s hard to find category romances with a fleshed-out story because of the short length. Thanks for the recommendatio!

  11. Tracey D
    May 9th, 2012 at 9:23 am · Link

    This series is new to me but it won’t be for long. I’m going to check it out …NOW!!

  12. Pamiam
    May 9th, 2012 at 9:33 am · Link

    I was hooked when you said “shower scene”. I’m going to have to check out this series.

  13. cathyf
    May 9th, 2012 at 10:03 am · Link

    I have not heard of this author, but if you recommend her, I
    am sure she will be great.

  14. becky jean
    May 9th, 2012 at 10:26 am · Link

    I will have to look up these books!

  15. Jordan H
    May 9th, 2012 at 11:00 am · Link

    I love the Blaze line, I got into it because of Maya Banks. This book sounds fantastic, I will definitely be looking it up.

  16. OrielaJ
    May 9th, 2012 at 11:14 am · Link

    It’s so truee everytime I re-read one of her books I pick up on something I didn’t before. Which just makes them better everytime.

  17. Diane
    May 9th, 2012 at 12:00 pm · Link

    I do want it!!! And a shower scene too!

  18. Blanche
    May 9th, 2012 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Alison Kent is an amazing writer, lover her books!!! 🙂

  19. bn100
    May 9th, 2012 at 1:02 pm · Link

    Sounds like a good book.

  20. Fedora
    May 9th, 2012 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Ooh, thanks for the reminder, Lauren–I believe I have this in print–woot! 🙂

  21. Jane
    May 9th, 2012 at 2:38 pm · Link

    It’s great to see to see the wilder side of a reclusive.

  22. Linda B
    May 9th, 2012 at 2:42 pm · Link

    I find it amazing that every time I read something by an author I end up finding about someone I haven’t read and end up reading everything they’ve ever written. I appears Allison Kent is going to fit into this category. I’d love read this.

  23. Linda G
    May 9th, 2012 at 3:44 pm · Link

    Sounds like a book I would enjoy reading.

  24. Na S.
    May 9th, 2012 at 11:30 pm · Link

    I’ve read some sweet category romances even though it’s been a while since I last read one. This one sounds fun.

  25. Mônica Vidal
    May 10th, 2012 at 7:04 am · Link

    I loooove your books and if you are saying only good stuffs about this author, I’d better run and check her out!!! Cause even if I don’t win the giveaway I am sure gonna want to read it!

    Thanks for the great suggestion!!!

  26. Jennifer Butler
    May 10th, 2012 at 5:41 pm · Link

    Oh, this book sounds good. I have to go pick it up.

    Jennifer B.