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Carnal Ecstasy

 

I think after the sheer perfection of Simple Need, it would be hard to match it, and I had high hopes for Carnal Ecstasy, the second book in this trilogy.

Dallon, part bar-owner, part-tattoo-parlour-owner and best friend of Vintner and Jaz is not looking for an emotional entanglement. He’s especially not looking for Carrie – the complete opposite of his ‘type’. She’s a good girl, a well brought up Christian who follows her parents instructions in everything. Until now. She’s rebelling – and first on her list of things to try is the gorgeous man that she’s just met.

“You don’t need to be messing with me, Carrie. You really don’t. If ever there was a black sheep, I’m it. My reputation is bad, very, very bad. It’s best that you go. Now.”

He wants her – wanted her from the moment she stopped him outside to ask for directions – but recognizes that she isn’t the type for his usual one-night stand. So he tries to resist her… and fails.

FedEx was going to bust through the doors, package him up and send him straight to hell by ten the next morning for asking his next question and already knowing the answer. “What else do you want?”

“You.”

She worries that she’s too innocent.

“Naughty girls are always sexy, but taking a girl like you,” he slid a hand down the lace to cup her pussy through it, “and turning her into a naughty one is even sexier.”

For the first time ever, Dallon shares his bed with a woman. All night.

She looked adorable and rumpled though. Her skin had that just-awakened flush, her eyes were still drowsy and heavy lidded. She was so warm and soft, and he wanted to melt into her at the same time he wanted to kick her out of his bed because she was a threat to everything he knew prior to meeting her. His one-night stands and easy lays were gonna come to a screeching halt if he didn’t get rid of her soon.

So… Carrie and Dallon hook up and have some hot sex. There’s a bit of character growth and a nice easy ending, but it didn’t grab me. It was just too… empty, a bit like a puzzle where you fill in the blanks.

I think it suffered from being so short, that there wasn’t time for any character depth. I didn’t get why Dallon was such a bad, bad boy. He has tats and piercings, and runs a bar. He didn’t come across as anything other than thoughtful and generous – and affectionate. He’s polite with her parents. Good with his friends, and loving with Carrie. And why did Carrie suddenly decide to rebel? Going from long-term celibacy to instant sex-kitten overnight, was a bit of a leap.

On the plus side, Lissa Matthews has a lovely relaxed style of writing, so if you’re looking for a quick, hot read, this ticks the boxes. 3 out of 5.

 

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Ink Spots

 

I recently read another Lissa Matthews (Simple Need) that I adored, so I eagerly launched into Ink Spots. The male lead (tattoo artist Jaz) is a friend of Vinter (from Simple Need) and I liked the way the 2 stories were linked.

Jewellery maker Mandi works as a waitress by night in the popular club Katz and has been crushing on Jaz for months, not thinking for a minute that he’s even noticed her, let alone that he’d be equally smitten with her. It takes the club owner (Jackie) to push them into each others arms – telling Jaz it’s Mandi’s birthday. In a cute move, Jaz offers himself as a 24-hour birthday present for Mandi bringing a whole swathe of her deepest fantasies to life.

There’s lots of hot sex, but even though the two characters were very much into each other (no pun intended) I didn’t feel the connection that was so clear in Simple Need. Probably because they were too busy having sex to actually talk to each other… It’s a frivolous quick read, but in my opinion, it could have been so much better. I wanted to like Mandi, but she didn’t have any depth to her. I wanted to like Jaz – and I did a little bit – but not enough to care about either of them. 3 out of 5.

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Simple Need

I loved this novella and it reminded me of Laura Kaye’s Hearts in Darkness (which I also loved) in the intensity and depth of the story, with so much emotion packed into a short novella.

Elise has just been dumped – by text message – and goes to a bar to drown her sorrows. Somewhere she wouldn’t normally venture, where she can be alone. She’s on the verge of leaving when a stranger joins her at the bar, the kind of man she’d normally avoid. Tattooed. Hard looking. Gloriously hot and yummy.

He was way too tempting and her bruised ego was way too vulnerable.

Before she knows it, she tells him why she’s there.

Tattoo man leaned close, his breath whispered into her ear, fanned across her skin, and she fought not to shiver, fought not to lift her head and turn it just a fraction of an inch to her right. “Let me take care of you.”

She’s not the kind of girl to go off with a stranger. But she’s tempted.

When he put the glass back down, half the liquid was gone. “This isn’t one of those thinking moments. This is one of those go-for-it ‘doing’ moments. I want you to smile big and bright and I want to see tears in your eyes because you’ve some so much… because you’ve come so hard.”

She imagines they’ll go to a hotel, nice and anonymous, but he wants to take her back to his place instead. After a steamy clinch in the yard outside the bar, she throws caution to the wind.

“And then there’s you. I don’t know how to have sex with a man like you.”

“What does that mean? What is a ‘man like me’?”

“Dark. Dirty. Hard. Unconventional.”

Even his name is unconventional – Vintner. I swooned several times and squeeed plenty as he took her home and then did as he promised, he looked after her. She’s drunk too much, so he puts her to bed. To sleep. I was a goner at that point. Of course, when she wakes up, they finally get it on. Things are hotting up nicely when Vinter murmurs to her:

“Before we go further, you need to see something.”

Oh. Wow. He has piercings… < wink > And a bod to die for.

 There was something incredibly mouth-watering about a man unbuttoning his jeans that a zipper just didn’t convey.

It’s a quick read. And hot. Did I mention how hot it is? But it’s not just sex with a stranger, they become more. They make that emotional connection that’s so satisfying to read.

He made her feel alive, womanly, sexual, desired whereas the Suits never did. Around them, she always felt she was auditioning for a part in their lives.

There’s a fantastic scene where her ex calls her up, right when they’re in the middle of some seriously steamy getting-to-know-each-other moves. He wants her back? She can’t have moved on already… can she? You’ll have to read it to find out 🙂

Definitely a 5/5 and I will be seeking out more by Lissa Matthews.

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