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SMITTEN (Paris Après Minuit) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Take January’s relationship with Etienne. She’s realized she’s not getting what she needs in her life and decides to take a break to figure out what exactly it is she really wants. And oh boy, does she figure it out. *I’m looking at you, Xavier, for making the trip to Provence one life-changing event for January*
I loved January’s fun, sexy, live in the moment way of life. Even as famous as she is, she really just didn’t care what the general public thought of her antics. And I loved how she brought out the playful side of Nigel. And awoke something in him.
All in all, Smitten was a fun, sexy, play-ful read. Err . . . some of the play scenes weren’t my cuppa, but they’re totally authentic in the BDSM lifestyle, and I’m sure many will truly enjoy that aspect.
This is the first book I’ve read from the author. A different kind of BDSM romance set in Paris, Provence and Avignon. The three main characters in this story are January, Etienne and Nigel. Not quite a love triangle although it does involve three people but not at the same time. Three complex characters and written in three parts.
January is in her mid thirties, she was born and raised in Kansas and when she was old enough to leave town she did. She made a name for herself, albeit not in a good way but her BDSM lifestyle alienated her from her family. She was involved in a scandal which almost derailed her career but she recovered well and never looked back.
Etienne is her French lover of five years, a rock star and a lot older than January. His reluctance to commit to a permanent relationship drives a wedge between them and forces her to re-evaluate her priorities in life. He might be the perfect Dom for her but she feels he isn’t capable of giving her the happy ever after she wants.
When January took a step back from Etienne, her best friend Xavier, a famous fashion designer, brought her to Provence to cheer her up. There she meets Nigel, an Englishman much younger than her. There was mutual attraction between the two and it seems like he is also a willing apprentice to her kinky lifestyle. Is Nigel just a rebound for January or is he The One? Will she give him a chance?
Although the theme of this book is BDSM, there are a lot of factors that made this story very interesting. The author successfully interlaces a quirky lifestyle in the picturesque regions of Provence and Paris and added colourful characters into the mix. Nigel is the perfect book boyfriend and makes you root for him right from the start. Etienne is such a douche bag that one wonders why January wasted five years of her life with a selfish rock star. This book is divided into three parts: the first was when January was with Etienne, the second part was when she met Nigel and the last part was when she decided to take a break from both, weigh her options and to reconnect with her family in Kansas. This book is like a travelogue of France sprinkled with BDSM erotica and lots of sex toys I have never even heard of. Some role play scenarios in this book made my inner unicorn cringe and I must have rolled my eyes too much it made me dizzy but hey, whatever floats your boat, right? A light erotica romance one will enjoy reading.
January is such a strong, confident, independent, sassy woman who knows what she wants and loves to submit in the bedroom. As we join this book January is getting her movie career back on track after a scandal and is spending time in France with her Dom, famous French singer Etienne. But all is not well as she wants more than he is willing to give her. An escape to the French countryside brings her to Brit Nigel. Nigel is your quintessential British gentleman, very much Hugh Grantish. Being dirty in the bedroom is not on his radar until January shows him the possibilities and how pleasurable it can be.
Nigel, oh Nigel - my heart broke for this man but sang for how alive he came with January. Yes I completely and utterly fell in love with him. Where can I find him?
Juliet Braddock's writing always pulls me in. She creates strong female characters that love to submit and January is no exception. The story is always something that the reader can relate to and here she brings in recent events which add so much to the story. Her powerful descriptive prose puts you right in the centre of the story to create a meaningful story, with a wit and humour that is classic Braddock.
***Reviewed for LBM Book Blog***
January Gallimore is a Hollywood filmstar. She loves sex and lots of it and she loves to be dominated by men in bed. However, she wants more in life; she wants to find the love of her life, settle down and have a family, but she just can't seem to find the one. She thought she found him at first, but it appeared that he was far too selfish to even consider January's needs. Through her best friend Xavier, January meets another man, but she has to teach him how to be dominant. Besides having her best friend in her life, January feels alone; her family don't talk to her as they are ashamed of the publicity she received over pornography earlier in her life. Will she ever be able to re-build those bridges with her family? Will she be able to find love and settle down?
This book is perfect for readers who enjoy reading the classics, but with a modern twist. It is well written; it is serious, yet hilariously funny in places and the sex scenes are raunchy. You can't help but feel for January and root for her to find all the things that she longs for in life.
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