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Genres: Contemporary, Romance
There was a reason I was handcuffed to the bed, chocolate syrup smeared over both nipples. Dario Capece was getting married, and if he thought he’d ditch me to marry some rich Vegas bitch, then he had another thing coming.
I was taking my revenge in the best way possible: his best friend. Seduction was a new game for me, but thankfully, Trip Reinnet was good at reading signs and delivering orgasms. While a hurricane gathered force and moved closer, I played a risky game of love, luck and sex, with my most valuable possession up for grabs: my heart.
My top thoughts:
I enjoyed this novella for the most part. The setting was unclear for me – it felt like it was supposed to be Vegas (especially considering the reference to the “Vegas bitch”), but a hurricane seems unlikely in Vegas, so maybe Atlantic City? But I liked the idea of being in a casino with an impending hurricane and the heroine using this moment to strike for a crazy sexual relationship.
I liked the characters, at least enough that I would like to see more of them and get to know them better. I think the heroine has a decent amount of spunk, which I like. I don’t love that the only reason she’s going after the hero is that his best friend, Dario, rejected her and is getting with the “Vegas Bitch.” I also felt like there was an underlying story in the hero that I’d like to know better. I mean, on the surface I don’t like that he has been interested in her for years and called his friend off of her, but never pursued her. But I think there was some hints that they have a history and that they’ve come from harder economic situations, potentially together.
Ultimately, this story had a lot of potential in the characters and setting but wasn’t fully realized. There just needed more. And I know it was a novella written just for the Read Me Romance Podcast, but some of those episodes were unusually short too. One day was only 6 minutes. So my disappointment was that room for more, even in a novella and I would have liked some more character depth.
The narration by Stella Bloom and Jonathan Ash was good. I think their voices were really good for the characters and I would like to read more with their narration.
The podcast itself was fun, though it’s always less fun when it’s just one person hosting. I know they do it that way because Tessa Bailey is a solo author, whereas Alexa Riley is two people (Lea and Mel). But I would prefer if they rotated, so that there’s always at least two of them. Their conversations are always great and I think it would just be so much more fun if there was always a conversation going on. But I still really enjoyed Tessa this week 🙂
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