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Hot in the City - French Quarter (Ellora's Cave Presents, Hot in the City) Paperback – July 25, 2008

4.2 out of 5 stars 186 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Hot in the City Series

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"... A wonderful, explosive, erotic story from the first page to the last ... an amazing debut novel." -- Enya Adrian, Romance Reviews Today

"... Handled masterfully, with beautiful writing ... a perfectly crafted tale both extreme in its topics yet personal in its telling." -- MeriBeth McCombs, The Road to Romance

"... one of those rare series where the reader is immediately ravenous for the next installment. (A) deliciously decadent story." -- Susan Mitchell, Romantic Times Bookclub, 4 STARS

"...an unbelievably erotic tale ... one of the hottest and sexiest stories I have ever read." -- Jennifer, Romance Junkies, 5 BLUE RIBBONS

"Raw, hot, sexy, and gives a thrill of the forbidden ... done with real feeling and an amazing style ... extremely satisfying." -- Tara Black, The Romance Studio, 4 STARS

Book Description

When Liz Marsh hires P.I. Jack Wade to find out if her fiancé is cheating on her, she has no idea she's about to embark upon a sexual odyssey through New Orleans' steamy French Quarter. Raised to be a prim, conservative woman, it takes Jack's sizzling sexuality to make Liz shed her old self and release the secret woman inside her, a woman who seeks every sensual adventure she can find. With Jack on her arm and the decadence of Bourbon Street beckoning, Liz's sexual daring knows no bounds.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Ellora's Cave Presents, Hot in the City
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing (July 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419950118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419950117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,844,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By CoffeeGurl HALL OF FAME on December 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
I had a hard time looking for a good book to read when I stumbled upon this one. I am glad I gave this book a whirl. French Quarter will take you into an exquisite ride of hot, uninhibited sex with a tender, sensual love story to boot. And New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for this sexy, no-holds-barred story of a conforming, unadventurous woman shattering her innermost sexual inhibitions. Liz Marsh hires a P.I. to find out if her fiancé is cheating on her. The P.I. is gorgeous Jack Wade -- a man who makes her want to change from shy to wanton the minute she meets him. Once her fiance's illicit behavior is confirmed, she goes into a sexual odyssey she hadn't envisaged. The yummy Jack Wade and the dark, steamy streets of the French Quarter district awaken a sexual awareness she hadn't known she had. But is Jack Wade interested in her in a romantic way, or is he just interested in going to bed (and other places) with her? And will her ex-fiancé take rejection lightly? There are various twists throughout the novel.

This novel is delectable beyond words. The sex scenes are so hot and palpable that I wish my boyfriend were here with me. The scenes centered on Liz's experimentations at strip clubs and sex shows were incredible. I also loved the man-woman-man menage a trois (my ultimate fantasy). The shower scene, balcony scene, and the lovemaking with the Mardi Gras masks on... sheet burners to the max! The other books I'd found just as scorching as this one were The Ninety Days of Genevieve and The Captivation. Lacey Alexander did an excellent job writing about both male and female fantasies and desires. And the love story is wonderful. The romance mixes well with the erotica. One does not take away from the other, and that is how a good romantica should be.
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This one is RED HOT! If you like an adventurously erotic love story, you will love "French Quarter". Set in the steamy town of New Orleans, temptation is something you give into, not something you avoid.

Proper Liz Marsh suspects that her fiance is cheating on her, so with a suggestion from a friend, she goes to see PI Jack Wade. Though Jack tells her he no longer takes cheating cases, he relents to her sweet persistence, intrigued by this provocative woman, and more than a little turned on by her. Liz is helplessly attracteded to the sexy Cajun with the promise of sin in his eyes. When Jack provides proof of her fiance's infidelity, she decides to throw caution to the wind and explore the intense attraction between the two of them, and Jack is more than happy to oblige. Shedding inhibitions she's had for years, Liz discovers a side of herself she never knew existed, but revels in the freedom it gives her to act out her wildest fantasies. With Jack along every step of the way, Liz gives free rein to her sexuality, doing whatever feels good. Her new lover inspires a confidence and a sense of adventure that will leave you feeling the heat through each encounter. He makes her feel safe yet also more of a woman than she's ever felt.

WOW! French Quarter is sizzling, and extremely erotic. Yet at the core of this book is a romantic story, one of two people who fall in love while pushing the limits of their sexuality. It's an explosive combination. This story would not be as powerful if Liz and Jack did not have romantic feelings for each other almost from the beginning. The connection between the two is strong, and the trust Liz gives to Jack is very empowering. In turn, Jack's desire to see Liz happy and fulfilled reveals the emotions he cannot ignore for this special woman. It is a true partnership in every sense of the word. I loved it.
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HOTTER that Louisiana Hot Sauce!!!! GAR-ON-TEE you will need a fan, a bottle of water and batteries with this one ;-)

Liz went on a journey to free her inner wild woman, and boy did she find the perfect man to guide her into the wild side and what better place than the French Quarter. This book is loaded with sex, and knowing the French Quarter and Bourbon Street like I do, it is believable. There are feelings described by one of the characters during the M/F/M menage, that I think would be realistic in a menage. All I can say without spoiling it, is it is my belief that if you are really caught up in passion there are no filters, you are ruled by sensation and do what feels good and Ms. Alexander actually describes a character having these feelings.

Fair warning - This story does some HEAVY F/F make out scenes in it.
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I wish I'd liked this one better, because it had certain things I appreciated very much, but ultimately, it bored me.

The book starts with what I thought was a silly twit alert. Liz Marsh's fiancé has been acting weird lately, coming home very late from work, and so on, and Liz suspects he might be cheating on her. Before she confronts him, Liz wants to confirm her suspicions, so she decides to hire a PI to follow him around. Through a friend's recommendation, Liz decides to hire Jack Wade. So far so good.

And here came what made me groan: she gets it into her head that she cannot bear to let this PI (who she hasn't even met, remember, and who she suspects will probably be a paunchy, burnt-out old guy) think that she's a loser because she suspects her fiancé could be cheating on her. Therefore, she will dress up sexy (see-through blouse, that kind of thing) so that the guy will think her fiancé is crazy for cheating on such a bombshell of a woman.

Fortunately, the book doesn't continue in the same idiotic vein. Jack, the PI in question, who happens to be young and hot, is so impressed by this sexy lady that he takes the case, even though he's stopped doing adultery cases years ago. He follows the fiancé, sees that he's spending his evenings in a strip club, even going into the private rooms with some of the women, and takes some photos. But since the photos come out a bit too dark and don't convince Liz 100% that the man with the bare-breasted woman in his lap is actually her fiancé, she insists in going to the strip club and seeing for herself.

And here starts Liz's change from shy and proper "good girl" to adventurous sex kitten.
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