Author: Lotchie Burton
Genre: Erotic Romance (Interracial/black woman, white man)
Source: E-Book from Author
# of Pages: 89
Publisher: Crimson Romance/Adams Media
Publication Date: June 4, 2012
**Cover art and synopsis are courtesy of Goodreads.com**
Im not gonna waste anytime here with my babbling, and I am just gonna get on with the review. ;)
*Some content in this review may be offensive or unsuitable for anyone under the age 18 and may contain spoilers. Please proceed with caution. :D*
When I first started reading this book, there were a couple of things I noticed that rubbed me the wrong way. This doesn't mean however that the book was bad, so don't grab your pitchfork and start to rally the townsfolk. My complaints are minor and rather silly in some aspects but they are what they are.
My first real issue, (and this is the only real issue I have) is that in some spots in the book, its very wordy. Sometimes there was just so much in a sentence that I had to stop and go back and reread it a couple of times to make sure I was understanding everything she was trying to convey. Put down the shovel... let me explain! I write how I talk, so naturally there is a ton of material crammed into one sentence. I do this because I feel that if I don't include every possible detail, that the reader or opposite party is going to miss crucial points in the story or conversation. By doing this, I have created a monster of a sentence and more than likely lost my reader along the way. It's hard to remember that keeping it simple or leaving some things out is a good idea because as a writer, you just want your readers to experience every detail. For me when I am reading though, I would have to say that sometimes more is less? I would also like to state, that I only really felt this way in the beginning of the book, which brings me to my next point. :)
At the start of the book, I felt like Lotchie was unsure of herself and her writing capabilities. Like she didn't quite have her footing and she was seeking it out through the pages as she went along. This is NOT a bad thing, its just an observation (and I could very well be wrong in that observation). The farther into the book I got, the more I could feel her confidence growing. It was seeping off the pages and I wanted to high five her and yell "Atta Girl!". She made me feel empowered through her characters, and their actions. Every picture was painted perfectly and no scene was left hanging. For a couple hours, I was Sarona and by the end of the book, I needed a cold shower and a drink. lol That right there is great writing!
Most erotic romance novels are chalked full of repetitive sex scenes where the woman just kinda lays there and takes it and you don't really feel any different afterwards. They lack finesse and class and for me, that gets old and tired. Lotchie managed to have all the hot, steamy smut right alongside the intelligence and class - a lethal combination for any female reader with a brain and a passion for erotica. I felt like I walked away with more than just lady wood (and yes I just said that. lol).
So now we come to something that is very silly, but I just have to ask - what is with all the brass? Holy Crap, it was everywhere! lol Am I missing a crucial piece of interior design here? If I am, someone let me know and STAT! I felt like there was going to be a hotel band break out at any moment and start playing on all the decor. Novel idea, and facetious I know, but I almost emailed her to ask. haha This part really had nothing to do with the storyline itself, but I had to throw it in because I would have felt incomplete in my review if I hadn't. <3
Alright, so, I have covered everything but the characters and the basic storyline. This is where things get interesting...
We have David Broussard, (I didn't google this, but it sounds French to me. anyway..) he was, at first a very creepy guy to me. I gotta say, I almost had it out for him in the beginning because of his behavior. He had a very stalker esque way about him and he came off like a control freak. At times I wondered if he was bipolar. He would refer to Sarona in a very possessive manner and silently treated her like property rather than a person. He also gave off the idea that he was madly in love with her, but it was never clearly stated in the book, so it's probably me just reading into things. It just kinda had me on edge about the kind of character he was going to turn into. Playboy's aren't usually possessive, as they never stick around long enough to really stake a claim on any one person. So I was a tad worried and a little concerned for Sarona. Now don't get me wrong, I love a man that will take control and command attention, but I don't want him to radiate crazy. Ya know what I mean?
My whole thought on him was one of those, "Yes David, we know that you are irresistibly turned on by a woman who seemingly detests you, but lets not make this a terrifying game of cat and mouse.". As it turns out, I was way off about David, and I owe him an apology. lol For him, Sarona was exotic and unreachable - the Holy Grail of women, if you will - she was also the pinnacle of his pent up sexual frustration. You see, soon after he met Sarona, he realized that he wanted and needed more from a woman then just flippant wild sex. He needed her, to conquer her, to justify to himself and everyone else, that he was more than just an image and was actually a person of substance. Emotionally he needed somewhere to park his heart, and he I think, found it in her, which is why the build up was so awkward at times. I actually start to champion him later on in the book. I think you will too. ;)
Next we have Sheila; she is our "villain". The stick thin, blonde, clingy, can't ever take a hint, rather brainless, plastic surgery ad. She is a narcissistic, half empty wading pool with money. Actually, lets just call her what she really is - a jealous ho bag with a spoiled princess complex. At every turn she tries to either get David back in her bed, or attempt to make a fool out of him. "Boohoo! The wealthy, handsome, charismatic, ex playboy has turned over a new leaf and realized that you are superficial trash and you can't hack it." I really wanted to punch her in the throat, that's how horrible she is. lol Thank God Sarona has some class, otherwise it would have been like MMA all up in the hotel bar, and floor seats would have been cheap. >.< There really isn't much more I can say about Sheila, that you won't find out for yourself when you read the book. So enjoy that! ;)
Moving on to Sarona. The lovely, feisty, insecure and self doubting, Sarona. She is beautiful in many ways but she fails to see any value in herself. Always suspecting an ulterior motive, never letting herself live her life, and constantly shutting people out. This is one of the reasons she avoids David. She doesn't think he genuinely wants her and if he does, then it must be about sex, because he is out to conquer the world one pair of panties at a time. She doesn't want to be another notch in his already whittled down bedpost and apparently thinks that he isn't capable of real sincerity, so she entertains his advances but makes it clear she isn't interested. His jungle fever will have to be saved for the next unsuspecting female to come along. Right here is where I wanted to roll my eyes at her. lol Being on the outside and looking in, it is so easy to judge a person and their behaviors based on your view of their world, but how often do we have the same problems in our own life? I couldn't roll my eyes at her and give her a how to, because I have done the very same thing. I try to remain neutral and not step over the line between objectivity and hypocrisy, but sometimes its happens. Don't believe me? just try it! So, Sarona eventually falls prey to our Adonis after her best friend, Joyce, (who I want to make a clone of and carry around in my pocket) basically tells her to lighten up and stop punishing him for crimes he hasn't committed. To live her life with no regrets and appreciate the fun while it lasts. That is great advice! A little nugget I intend to harbor in my arsenal for a long time. lol Anyway, after Sarona gives in to her obviously deep and impatient need to be with David, she finds out that he is in fact, a wonderful person. She should be face palming herself for denying this man for so long! I won't tell you about all the sex between them, because that is one of the best parts of the book and I don't wanna ruin it for ya. Just know that she goes from gazelle to lioness in a short period of time. Wild Kingdom, Baby!! (you'll get the reference after you read the book).
Now our lovebirds ride off into the sunset on their screaming O faces, and that's the last of that.
All in all, I would say that the book was over the top great. It sucked me in and made me swoon. Lord knows I can't say the other effects it had on me, but I'm sure you can get an idea. I laughed and gasped and felt like bitch slapping people at times (by people I mean Sheila), and it was all around a fun read. The erotica in the book was well written and sexy and I take my hat off to Lotchie for being able to turn me on with relative ease. ;) If you are going to read this book, you might want to grab a fan, cause you are gonna need it.
As far as my rating is concerned, I give it a four.
Awesome comes in four different flavors!
Thank You Lotchie Burton for allowing me to be a voyeur in David and Sarona's story! It was a hot and wild ride, and I can't wait to read more of your work in the future!
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