The Particulars: Erotic Romance, 2010, Berkly Heat, In Print, Book 4 in the author's Sweet series.
Why Was It In Wendy's TBR?: I picked this one up at RWA 2010 (uh, Orlando?)
Danger, danger thar be minor spoilers ahoy matey!
The Review: I have no idea why I finished this book. I suspect it's because the only other book I've tried to tackle this month I'd already DNF'ed. Which is probably what I should have done with this one. At any rate, be advised I skimmed large chunks of the final 150 pages, mostly the sex scenes which....did not work for me.
Micah Hudson is a
Angelina has been in love with Micah forevah, and feels he's now past the worst of his grief (he returns to Miami every year to visit the grave site and she's had the chance to spy on him). So she packs her bags, moves to Houston, and sets about rockin' Micah's world, hanging out at the BDSM club that he frequents. Naturally this causes Micah's head to explode because Angelina is David's little sister! Oh noes! And he gets all tingly around her! Oh noes!
Then there's some nonsense about Angelina having a stalker who she thinks will just magically go away because she's left Miami under an assumed name and covered her tracks. Blah, blah, blah, whatever.
There are three elements in erotic romance that never fail to cause my eyes to roll back into my head:
1) Sex clubs in general. BDSM or otherwise.
2) Virgins who design sex toys for a living (blessedly not in this book).
3) Virgins who design sexy lingerie for a living (blessedly not in this book).
But I understand that this is my personal kink (sorry, couldn't help myself) and was willing to roll with the BDSM thing even though there's a lot of pain/pleasure stuff flying around that made me personally wince.
The major problem here is Micah. He can't have a relationship with Angelina. He just can't! She's David little sister! But apparently it's OK for him to have a "just sex" relationship with her and screw her to the point where I'm wondering how she's capable of standing under her own power anymore. It's also, apparently, OK to dominate her to the point of ordering her to pleasure three (yes, three) other men that he invites to play with them while they're holed up in the BDSM club because Angelina's Crazed Psycho Stalker is after her.
Yeah, I'm sure if Big Brother David were still alive he'd be totally cool with his baby sister in a gang-bang ::headdesk::
And that's the problem with this story - it exists purely in the realm of Erotic Romance = La La Fantasy Land. There is zero emotional accountability here. Angelina and Micah do whatever they want, to whomever they want, and there's no fall-out. None. Everyone just traipses around la dee dah, with nobody's feelings getting hurt. Even Micah's relationship with David and Hannah is treated like this. I get that David was his BFF - but dude, you shared your wife with him?!?! Nobody just does that. Nobody. I would speculate that Micah must have had feelings for David that ran deeper than BFF territory - but yeah. Author doesn't go there. Why, I have no clue since, frankly, it makes infinitely more sense to me that Micah would be gun-shy about Angelina being "David's little sister" if his relationship with David had been dealt with more realistically than just He Was My BFF And I Let Him Bang My Wife!
This is such a major missed opportunity that it damn near makes me weep with frustration.
There's also a bunch of past couples and single sequel baitin' hunks who mostly just annoyed me. The men are all "dominant" and possessive of their women so you get a lot of "mine," "baby," and "sweetie." Worse still, given Angelina's name we're subjected to a lot of "Angel." The other women in this story drove me batshit insane. Angelina's Crazed Psycho Stalker starts targeting all of them, and after one of them is threatened the girls all get together and still have the presence of mind to twitter about how great their sex lives are.
OK, who does that? Crazed Psycho Stalker on the loose! Crazed Psycho Stalker who knows where you all live! I wouldn't be twittering about sex so much as buying enough weapons to arm a militia, but to each her own.
So was there anything about this book that didn't make my brain bleed? At times, I liked Angelina. I liked that early on she called Micah on some of his bullshit. I also liked that in the final showdown with Crazed Psycho Stalker she goes about rescuing her damn self. And despite me really not liking this story? Banks can write. Her style flowed for me, and it was easy to keep going from chapter to chapter. Which means while this series is Not My Thang, maybe I should look into some of Banks' other books - of which there are many. I have my pick of category romance, historicals and romantic suspense.....
Final Grade = D