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Indulge your fantasies in Sin City..
on June 28, 2005
This is the 2nd book in Alexander's Hot In The City trilogy, and at first I thought Ms. Alexander was going to tell Lynda's story, who appeared in French Quarter as Liz Marsh's supportive friend. But instead she writes about Liz's sister Diana, the wildest of the Marsh girls. Maybe someday Lynda will get her own story.
Diana has been flirting long-distrance with colleague Marc Davenport for months, but she's actually trying to tame her bad girl ways and settle down, maybe even get married. A business trip to Las Vegas gives her the opportunity to have her last fling before accepting the marriage proposal of a man her family approves of, as well as explore the fascination her and Marc have for each other after several months of trading phone calls and emails. Diana figures this is one place she can really let loose and give into her true nature with a man who shares her naughty sense of adventure and not judge her for it but rather indulge her every outrageous fantasy, as well as several of his own. Almost right from the start the sex is non-stop and wild. On their first night together after they meet, they share a wild ride in a limo, and that opens the doors to some very wild sexual encounters, many involving other people.
While I did find this story very sexy, I would have much preferred that the characters have a strong emotional connection that is evident from the start, and I just didn't get that. I couldn't help but be a little turned off by Diana's and Marc's first time together - which was spent with two of his friends who "enjoyed" Diana a little themselves. Not that there is a problem with that because it is a very exciting fantasy - it just felt like something was missing. This continues in various scenarios with other people until finally you wish it was just the two of them spending time together. I did feel a little like Diana's wild-child personality was the excuse to explore some of the more shocking multiple-partner encounters. It wasn't until near the end that I could feel that there was something going on between Marc and Diana besides the sex. True it was evident that they liked each other way before they met, but it seemed like it would have been very easy for either of them to walk away at any time.
If you loved "French Quarter" like I did, you may be disappointed that Sin City doesn't have the same romantic longing between the two characters which worked so well in FQ. Don't get me wrong: the sex is unbelievably hot and the sense of the forbidden heats up the story, but I would rather read an erotic romance than just plain erotica. Still, Ms. Alexander is a talented writer and I would definitely continue to read her stories.
Many strong sexual themes are explored here, including menais a trois, same-sex, mild submission and domination, and voyeurism and may not be suitable for all readers, so if you pick this one up, be ready for some blistering hot sex scenes not found in your traditional romance novel.