Release Date: April 6th 2010 (304 pages)
Book Received from author for review
Burned once too often, true crime writer Lacey Richards has sworn off love. Instead, she explores her deepest desires through her anonymous- and very provocative-blog. Anonymous, that is, until her dark and ultrasexy neighbor discovers her dirty secret.
Stockbrocker-turned-carpenter Byron Hawthorne gave up life in the fast lane, hoping to start over in a new city. When he learns his alluring neighbor is the one writing the sizzling blog that keeps him up all night, he can’t resist offering to fulfill her fantasies in the flesh. But Byron isn’t the only man provoked by Lacey’s writing. Little does she know that her investigations for her true crime novel are leading her down a dangerous path into the underground world of sex trafficking.
Tease Me is a fast-pasted erotic thriller that has just enough spice to keep the story interesting but does not detract from the suspense of the main storyline. I enjoyed the fact that this was not a run-of the mill erotic romance and instead, was a sophisticated erotic thriller that offered more than just a few quick sexual dalliances.
Byron, an awol stock broker, has gone to New Orleans to start fresh as a carpenter. He finds himself intrigued by the mysterious author of the blog, What A Girl Wants. He is desperate to find his mysterious erotic fan-girl and full-fill her written desires. Little does he know, the sexy red-head across the courtyard is the illustrious author he has been panting for. (You know when you catch eyes with someone and time stands still? That’s kind of how I felt when I read Lacey seeing Bryon for the first time).
After noticing Byron watching her, Lacey, emboldened by her own fantasies, teases Byron with a little erotic tête-à-tête that turns from harmless fun into a raging inferno. (WARNING….This is the sexiest peeping tom scene I’ve read in awhile). HOT, HOT, HOT!
I’ll be honest I did have some trouble connecting with Lacey, I felt she “doth protested too much” with Bryon when it came to the DTR talk. (For the uninitiated, that’s Define the Relationship). I understand, once bitten, twice shy, but she went a bit overboard with her desire to have a physical but not emotional relationship. Ummm, hello, last time I checked that’s pretty impossible to do if you have lady parts. I also felt that after she was kidnapped Lacey changed her tune pretty quickly when Byron rescues her from forced sexual slavery. I think I would have liked less of Lacey’s “twice bitten” issues and had the story focus more on the suspense.
Okay, I know it’s weird to connect with the villain but I felt Gregory was an interesting character. Cold, creepy, and in charge of illegal sex trade (there I go with the bad boys again), his intensity to pursue Lacey added a interesting suspense angle that if not there I’m not sure I would have enjoyed this story as much.
Overall I enjoyed the suspense, fantasy, desire and emotion from Tease Me. This story has many dimensions and is a well-written, sophisticated erotic read.
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