PJV Quickie: Holy mother of Erotica! Y’all when I say this book is hot, I mean hot like a newly tarred road on the hottest day of the summer in Jamaica (which is very hot if you’re wondering, I’ve personally tested this out). This book had me blushing and fanning myself while hastily closing out of the Kindle app at work.[frame align=”left”]
Author: Rosalind Scarlett
Type: Historical Erotica/Paranormal
Published: April 13th 2013 by Rosalind Scarlett
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Giuliana, once a wife and mother, now finds herself a widow, poor, homeless and hungry. That is until she is approached by a man who presents her with the opportunity of a lifetime. For the exchange of room and board, she will work as a courtesan at an exclusive theatre that caters to vampires. Soon she’s experiencing pleasures beyond her wildest imaginations, but the only way to get through it all is to imagine the face of the one she desires, Vincenzo.
I know I swore off novellas about two weeks ago, but I’m glad that I didn’t pay attention to all that nonsense because this book was HOT. Let me make this clear, I love erotica. Actually, for a time, I read nothing but erotica so this book was right up my ally. But, what I loved about it even more than the hot scenes, was the main character, Giuliana. I find that most characters who are written as “innocent until they’re introduced to the world of pleasure” tend to be really annoying. But not Giuliana. Sure she was hesitant and nervous throughout the book, but I’m sure that would be the case for most women who suddenly found themselves in her line of work. What made Giuliana different though, was her lack of whining and her willingness to go with the flow. There’s nothing like a character who makes a final decision (desirable or not) and deal with it gracefully.
Another thing I loved about this story was how complete it felt. It had a clear beginning, middle and end and it read like a full novel. Basically, I didn’t have my usual “this should be a full length novel!” rant going on in my head. But, with that said, I do have to admit that the romance part of the story would have benefited from a little more TLC. I felt that that part of the book was a bit rushed and, as a result, the ending felt rushed. Now, I still sit by my stance that this book felt complete. There were no loose ends or unexplained parts in the book. However, because of the lack of time spent on the romance, it felt forced. Honestly, I would have much rather a straight erotica minus the romance, because, in a way, it felt like that. Giuliana and Vincenzo have no real dialogue in the book until the very last chapter and, even then, it’s nothing significant.
But, while I wasn’t a fan of the romance, I truly enjoyed reading this book. Like I said above, the character did it for me. Giuliana had the perfect mix of strength and innocence and I instantly connected with her even though we didn’t have much in common. Miss Scarlett has a true talent and I’ll definitely be checking out her other books in the Anam Ceile Chronicles…I’ll just make sure I bring something else to read at work.