Author: Jassy de Jong
First Published: 2014
Page Count: 236
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
A life threatening accident lands the star of our novel into an exotic utopia of desire and pleasure that will keep readers eagerly flipping pages until the end.
*Steamy romance *Interesting characters
“The rushing sound suddenly grew much louder and I was aware we were falling, spinning, and then…” Erin is on a work trip with her famous photographer husband, Vince, in South Africa when a sudden storm causes her to nearly lose her life. Temporarily separated from her husband because of flooding, Erin takes up the hospitality of her savior, Nicholas de Lanoy, at his large luxury hunting lodge turned private estate and animal sanctuary. However, this rugged bachelor makes Erin a tantalizing offer that, as the days slip by, becomes too tempting to resist, especially given the dark observations Erin starts to make about her relationship with her husband during their forced time apart.
Might I start by saying, if Fifty Shades of Grey had been this engrossing I would have understood why so many women went gaga over the book. However, what turns people on or engages them, especially with this genre, is a bit subjective. So in that sense it’s hard to fully endorse this book because people like what they like. I just happened to greatly prefer this book to Fifty Shades for instance. The steamy scenes of intimacy (and there are a ton, so if this isn’t your thing you might want to look elsewhere and if it is…well…lucky you!) were written very seductively with just the right build up of tension. Nothing feels out-of-place or thrown in there to ratchet up the sexy factor. I also really enjoyed the main men of the story, Erin’s husband, Vince, and the dreamboat, Nicholas. It’s easy to fall for the South African hunk right along side Erin, but it’s Vince’s part in the storyline that made the story interesting for me. This probably won’t spoil much but de Jong really made me want to punch him in the face a lot. But that’s a good thing; I was emotionally invested in Erin’s love triangle.
While I enjoyed getting right to the point with all the steamy romance, I felt the introduction was a bit rushed. There wasn’t enough time to get to know Erin and Vince before they get separated and this could have been to slowly flesh out the reality of their relationship later in the story, but I didn’t feel connected to them at all. You feel a little miffed at Erin for breaking the sacred vows of marriage but, hey, we don’t know her or her hubby that well, so you can’t feel too sorry for the guy except on a really basic level. I felt a lot more connected to all the characters later in the book, as I so aptly pointed out with my confession of wanting to punch a fictional character in the paragraph above. However, the author could’ve given us a little more time with the couple before the accident.
For erotica, a genre I rarely read, this was a good book. It’s not an earth shattering story by any means, but compared to other books I’ve read in my limited experience with this genre, this is my favorite. If you’re looking to indulge in some sexy romantic literature pick up this guilty pleasure.
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*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.