Monday, April 25, 2016

REVIEW: A Delicious Taboo by Jennifer Cole

ISBN 978-1-59632-713-9
May 2008, Loose Id

Melanie Drake worked as a bartender in Taboo Delights nightclub, where she met and lusted after a quartet of gay men, couples Calen Maxwell and Van Dansk, and Jake Welland and Philip Weston. Unbeknownst to her, the two couples each believed her to be the perfect "third" they wanted to invite into their bed. However, since they couldn't decide whom Melanie wanted more, they decided to ask her.

Believing herself to be ordinary, a plain Jane, Melanie couldn't believe it when the men propositioned her and thought they were being cruel to tease her. So, she rejected them. However, the men couldn't be dissuaded as easily as that. They put their heads together and devised a plan to seduce the delectable Melanie.

More yummy men, the merrier and the better. Or so I used to think. I never realized how hard it must be to keep track of so many body parts, and where said body part was. This is a novella, which may explain why things moved at a fast pace, but more sexual tension between the characters would have been good. More is always good, in this case, more story and more non-sexual interaction between the characters would have rounded out the passionate interludes of the quintet. Especially with four men on the scene, this story would've benefitted from a longer length. It's also hard to sympathize with the heroine because not much emotional depth and exploration occurred. That said, if you're looking for a quick, hot read on a quiet afternoon, you wouldn't miss with the four gorgeous, sexy men in this novella.

Rating: 3 stars --> someone will comment: "you're so generous, Silver. I've also read this book, and if I were doing the grading, I'd give it a 2, at least. Let me say I'm a fan of erotic romances and I've been reading LI books since way back, but with this book, I think their quality has deteriorated. There's only the bare bones of a story, strung together by the sex scenes. I'm not sure if it's because this is a novella. Personally, I like lengthier stories for the meat of the story."

--> also, can 5 bodies fit into a king-sized bed? even if they can, nobody can move or if he did, he's sure to fall off!



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