- File Size: 1859 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Star (February 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: February 13, 2017
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JZPA9DS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights Book 1) Kindle Edition
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But I decided to give it a second chance. It’s not as bad as I first thought it was. It’s actually enjoyable at some parts. I found the characters endearing; even the side characters like Cylan, Rain’s brothers—Vaughan and Richard, especially, Sol’s ex-wife Maddy, and Freckles the corgi.
Since apparently it’s an erotica, expect lots of sex. Like, really. Most of their time together is spent in a tangled mess of limbs and sheets. We have a man with a lot of sexual experience and a girl who’s pretty vanilla compared to him. There’s light, hot BDSM in the mix, so some of the readers might enjoy that.
Personally, I enjoyed the narrative and dialogue. I really liked the dry humor infused in the overall tone of the story. I also loved that the backdrop they used was New Orleans!
As I’ve mentioned above, this story has a lot of sex scenes. Not a bad thing since it’s erotica. But I felt the conflict and resolution were compromised because of the lack of time and space. Since most of the story revolved around their sexual encounters, there was little left for the conflict to unfold. I think it was resolved too easy.
Overall, The King of Bourbon Street is still a fun start to a series. This standalone told in the third POV has a lot of steam, humor, and sexual chemistry between the main characters. Not bad.
Sol is a wonderfully broken character that has let his faults define him. He is not bad, but he has made mistakes, most of which end up pretty darn funny. He has surrounded himself with a cast of characters you meet throughout and see that he has recognized who he is, and why he needs them all.
Rain is delightful. Really I can not think of another word to describe her. Unlike the cover art (I know the author has no choice in it but artists read the book please) Rain is full of curves, beauty, and a huge heart. She also shows a great deal of strength, but it is sometimes like a bubble wrapped aluminum bat that people see and do not take serious until it is smashing them.
The side characters range from outrageous to subtle, but you can see why everyone belongs in this wonderful setting in New Orleans.
The King of Bourbon Street is smart, sexy, funny, and most definitely erotica. This whirlwind romance ties sex and love together in a way that doesn't make you feel like it is a bargaining chip used in happily ever after. It is two people that come together and sparks turn into pink hearts floating where ever they walk.
I could offer more details, but really this story is best experienced through the author's voice, not my own.
What intrigued me: I adored another book by the same author under a different pen name and was thirsty for more by her.
Note: Don't let the cover fool you, this has a fat heroine!!!
Fantastic Writing and Characters
THE KING OF BOURBON STREET is definitely very different from what I usually read - you may know that I'm primarily a YA reader, but I don't mind pushing my comfort zone a little. Even if you're not really into Adult books and just enjoy Romance, you will probably fall hopelessly in love with this. De Salle is such a talented writer, I originally only planned to take a peak at a sample, but the voice, the characters, the setting, the pace - everything about the craft is so perfect that it sucks you in and you won't want to leave. Genuinely, this book is so amazingly well-written that it's seriously inspiring and an absolute delight.
De Salle needed about 5 pages for me to fall in love with the protagonist, hotel mogul Sol, who is, in lack of a better way to put this: an absolutely irresistable little shit. He's hilarious, he's snarky and flamboyant and I am so, so, so in love. I found myself laughing out loud at hoenstly pretty much everything he said. He's so funny without meaning to and you'll fall in love with him before you know it and miss him terribly once you've finished the book.
Perfect Read for Rookie Adult Romance Readers!
As irresistable as the hero is - the heroine, Rain, is just as awesome. She's rebelling against her rich parents and just sunshine bottled up. THE KING OF BOURBON STREET is one of the most organic and fantastic romances I've ever read. Rain and Sol have incredible chemistry from the second they met and you'll find yourself not ebeing able to decide who you like more. In general, the characters and their relationships are very fleshed out, so much so that I honestly want a spin-off for every single character that appears in this series (which it looks like we might be getting to at least some extent? Fingers crossed). Parting with this book and finishing it honestly felt to me like I lost a couple dear friends, you'll find yourself wanting to read as slowly as possible so you'll be able to spend as much time with the characters as possible.
I feel like I should also mention that this is a very adult Romance that contains a dom/sub relationship and a lot of sex. That's not usually what I go for, but I loved Rain and Sol so much that I didn't mind that at all. Even if you don't necessarily read a lot of Adult Romance, this might serve as a transitional read to get you more into the genre. THE KING OF BOURBON STREET is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year and I cannot wait to get started on the sequels.
Overall: Do I Recommend?
If you love adult romance and are looking for something sex-positive and intersectional, this is a must-read. This is extremely well-written, almost intimidatingly so, and with a bisexual hero and a fat heroine, I am so, so, so happy I stumbled upon this series. More of this, please.
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