Sunday, March 23, 2014
Sasha White - Sexy Devil
"The Devil Inside"
Workaholic Caleb Mann used to think blind dates were a waste of time, but when his ex-girlfriend calls him boring in bed, Caleb becomes bent on changing his image fast - with the help of the incredibly sexy woman standing in front of him. He barely knows his date's name, but her sassy mouth is almost hypnotizing, in more ways than one, and he can't stop fantasizing about replacing the sleek motorcycle between her firm thighs and letting her ride him all night long...
Ex-soldier and psychic hunter Angelo Devlin has seen evil first-hand. He knows how perilous his assignments can be, and he doesn't welcome outside help, which makes his run-in with Jewel Kattalis all the more infuriating. But instead of sending her away, he wants to grab her, take her, and tease every inch of her beautiful body. This woman may be more dangerous than any mission he's ever been on before...
Comment: I've piked up this book for one of the book clubs I have. This is the suggested read for March... I didn't know anything about the author or her work, nor haven't I read anything by her before. I wasn't also aware this is labeled as an erotic story...honestly, I just knew this was it and I started it without any knowledge whatsoever.
This book has two short stories. Both are sequential and part of the same series. The second story features characters that show up in the first one and the hero is brother to the heroine in the first.
The stories follow two siblings who have psychic abilities.
The first story features Gina and her ability to have visions and how she impulsively goes out with a stranger just because she had a vision of them together in bed.
The second story features Angelo, a mind reader, and Jewel, a shape shifter gypsy.
Ok, so my main opinion after finishing the stories is I was bored and didn't find the plots captivating, especially the second one.
The first story has a stronger plot, I was more interested in seeing how Gina and Caleb would hit if off when both of them, Gina mostly, deceived the other somehow during the date. I wasn't very impressed with their personalities but I found some talent in the writing and that kept me going. At this point I understood this was meant to be erotica considering the sexier language and how fast they slept together but I didn't find the sex scenes that special or intense or, should I say, that different from anything else I've read - even non erotica - to evidence that to me. I just thought it was a fast relationship and that was it.
Gina and Caleb seemed to do interesting turnabouts, especially in their thinking, but when heavier psychic stuff entered the scene I thought it was a waste because in my POV, the plot wasn't prepared enough to carry the weight of a strong paranormal setting. The end of the story wasn't impressive to me and I thought something potentially good had been lost between the erotica (which I thought wasn't that much) and the paranormal (which looked unnecessary).
The second story about Angelo was such a mess of things and sequences I lost interest and read it diagonally, which means I skipped some scenes, namely the sex ones. I really wasn't interested in knowing more and usually I liked shape shifters but this being erotica meant the characters were thinking about sex quite often and that plus the paranormal details was all too distracting for me to keep my attention. I easily got bored and didn't invest my patience either.
The end apparently was fine, this being a short story meant everything ended well, but what I remember is how bored I was, not the story itself.
After reading the two stories I reached the conclusion the author does write well, but what she wrote didn't grab my attention fully and I was very confused by what was happening. Erotica paranormal can be fun and fresh but in this case I think it wasn't successful.
As so many readers out there don't agree with me, I believe the best summary I can find about all this is, this series just isn't for me, so I'll stop here.
Unfortunately, these stories didn't suit me at all.