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The Queen of Dauphine Street (NOLA Nights Book 2) Kindle Edition
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There's some gun violence and some domestic violence in the book but way less than a lot of romance thrillers. (This is also not thriller-y. Focus is on the romance, not crime.) There's also some mentions of suicide and drug usage, all in the past and mentioned in conversations.
Queen of Dauphine Street is definitely slightly heavier in content than King of Bourbon Street. Nothing is weightier than the story can handle and it's not preachy at all, just a little more serious. Still a fun and sexy romp that I will read again.
The Queen of Dauphine Street is Maddy’s story who we first met in The King of Bourbon Street. Maddy is Sol Dumont’s ex-wife. Openly pansexual, loud, opinionated, and extremely kinky with a penchant for power topping, Maddy sticks to one night stands and her many, many toys for sexual gratification. Thea de Salle gives readers a taste of just how rich Maddy is with their outrageous and lush descriptions of her lifestyle. She travels on a luxury yacht that not only houses her pet Bengal tiger, Capulet, but also an extraordinary and quite extensive dildo collection. Private secretaries, lawyers, personal assistants, multiple chefs, etc…are all a part of her life and she literally can’t seem to function without them. Yet, she isn’t a useless trust fund baby with no direction in life. She picked up the reins of the company her father built after he committed suicide and her mother had a nervous breakdown, further building on his ideas and their wealth.
Darren, our ginger hero, is Maddy’s complete opposite with his serial monogamy and need to save the world one broken spirit at a time. The product of a single mom whose father abandoned them, he worked hard and this former stripper now owns a construction company. He’s comfortable but definitely not in Maddy’s league. Darren is a pretty simple guy who just wants to find the perfect woman, get married, have a few kids, and be happy. Yet, despite his and Maddy’s obviously differences, this couple is remarkably alike. Both suffer from PTSD and use humor as a way to mask their pain. Both are sexually adventurous though Maddy understands right off the bat, Darren is not a man to be topped unless he wants to be topped.
A majority of the story takes place on Maddy’s yacht. While the blurb is what captured my attention-a female stalker and a male domestic abuse victim-that is really only a small aspect of the storyline. The romance holds the spotlight and for all the raunchy laugh out loud sexual innuendos and acts, the actual romance moves pretty slow. de Salle uses the yacht to give them time to get to know one another in a neutral setting. A place where there is no need for Maddy to toss on one of her many public personas and Darren doesn’t have to keep looking over his shoulder. The comedic narrative is well established but de Salle also draws out this couples’ intelligence, wit, and compassion. Maddy takes Darren pain to heart and goes all ‘mama bear’ on him as she finds herself in the position to be someone’s savior.
This couple has mad chemistry. It had my kindle smoking and me laughing. They click instantly upon meeting and their attraction only increases the more time they spend together. Darren sees Maddy, every inch of her, and doesn’t want her to change. Maddy doesn’t need saving in any way, allowing Darren to finally have a relationship with a woman as equals. And they are so much fun. I love a couple that laughs and enjoys their time together in and out of the bedroom. I love their conversations about consent, limits, and playtime. It’s so organic and easy flowing.
We get plenty of amusing cameos from previous characters-Sol, Rain, Alex-while getting to know Maddy’s personal crew. I love love love Maddy’s full-time assistant, Patrice. She puts up with a lot and cracks the whip to keep Maddy on track and in line. If I’m honest, for all the fun I had reading, there were some minor aspects didn’t work for me. The weight shaming for one and the over usage of the words wet, squish and squelched.
Thea de Salle creates a cast of characters whose broad sexuality and interests are written mainstream and not as novelty or plotline. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Queen of Dauphine Street and look forward to reading the next in the series, The Lady of Royale Street, which is Alex DuMont’s book and slated to release August 21, 2017.
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