By Nicole Camden Editions: ebook Expected publication: February 11th 2013 by Pocket Star Genre: Adult Contemporary / Erotica Source: NetGalley
Virginal twenty-two-year-old Mary has just inherited a sex shop in Florida from her mother. After a long drive from California, she arrives at her deceased mother’s house only to be confronted immediately with two equally sexy strangers: the strong, silent John and the irreverent, taunting Max. She’s innocent, almost completely untouched, but feels a completely uncharacteristic pull to each man. Shocking even herself, she realizes it’s not an unwelcome desire.
Max is a playboy who knows how to give women what they want, but John… John might just be able to give Mary something even she doesn’t know she needs…
Bomy’s Flutter: good writing, annoying cliffhanger
World Building: Contemporary Florida
Characters: Mary was absolutely adorable. I mean, the setting is clear for some hot stuff to go on, but I loved Mary and the way she saw the world. I got very attached to her and I found her life highly interesting. John and Max were awesome too, though I won’t lie, I have a favorite and he’s John. The tortured ones, you know I always love those. Mary had awesome chemistry with him, though Max wasn’t bad either, so it makes for some fun triangle-spin reading only it’s sexual tension triangle instead of a love affair, pretty much. What’s to come in the next parts of the story though, remains to be seen.
Plot: Fun to follow, but I’m not very much into particulars. Maybe to some it’ll be far-fetched or hard to believe, but me I’m not into these stories for the reality, I’m into them for the ‘magic’, for the fantasy, for the fun. There’s not a whole bunch going on, I mean this is a 70-ish pages part, but what does happen I found entertaining, so for me it was good.
Writing: Really, really good. I was actually charmed by it, I feel this new author has an awesome voice and a beautiful way of building characters. The story flows effortlessly, but the real charmers are her characters.
Curb Appeal: Very high, especially since I had the chance to read tidbit #2 of the full story. Good stuff, in my opinion.
After reading another one of these cut-in-parts stories, well the first bit of it anyway, I solemnly promised myself I wouldn’t pick up another one of these parts-of-a-novel series, but these were just too good to pass on.
What I can tell you right now is that I have read the second installment in this broken-up novel, and I loved it. Annoyed the hell out of me since it also ends in a cliffhanger, but hey, that’s what this new sort of branch of Pocket wants to do so it’s not news anymore. If you can move on from the PO-ed effect, get these now while they’re hot, but it’s an equally good option to wait for the full story to be out and read it all in one go when that time comes. These don’t come out with a lot of time between them, anyways, but cliffhangers can easily give you the PO effect, and I totally get that.
Either way, I say give Nicole Camden a shot, I’m pretty sure the writing will make you glad you did.